The Learned Society of Wales

Putting Equity at the
Heart of Our Work

Members of the Learned Society of Wales' Equity, Diversity and Inclusion working group explore why the focus on 'equity' in our new DEI statement is so important.

Dr. Emma Yhnell FLSW

“I never thought that I would become a Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales and I suppose the fact that, as a young female academic, I am a Fellow demonstrates that some progress has been made. But, there is always more to do. The LSW has made some progress in terms of gender inclusion, but I think there is still a lot more work to be done, particularly in terms of other characteristics including but not limited to ethnicity, age, disability and privilege.”

Professor Bettina Schmidt FLSW

“The LSW has made me feel welcome as a new Fellow. I was delighted to see among the new Fellows in 2022 so many female colleagues. However, diversity is not just about gender and I am pleased to see the effort of the LSW in increasing the diversity of its membership with regard to ethnicity, race, class and other factors.”

Dr. Cameron Durrant FLSW

Professor Emmanuel Ogbonna FLSW

“The Society has made an
important commitment to locate equity at the centre of its operations.

“The work ahead is to review the structures, systems and processes to ensure that they match this commitment.”

Olivia Harrison, Chief Executive

“There is a growing recognition of the need to redress the societal inequities that have built up over the years. We have committed to prioritise and involve under-represented groups in the Society and our work, and to take targeted action where needed to achieve better outcomes for all.”