The latest news from the Learned Society of Wales

The Tuition Fee Dilemma: How should Wales support its students at university?

A comment piece by Professor Peter Halligan, Chief Executive of the Society was featured in the Western Mail on Thursday 18 February. "The recent decision by the Welsh Government to reduce the proposed cuts to the Hefcw budget from 32% to 8% is clearly to be welcomed, both in its own right, but also as an opportunit... Read More

New Realities for Global Health Security

 “Global health interacts with all the core functions of foreign policy: achieving national and global security, creating economic wealth, supporting development in low income countries and promoting human dignity through the protection of human rights and delivery of humanitarian assistance” (UN General Assem... Read More

Welsh Crucible: Leadership Development Opportunity for Researchers

Applications are open from 4th January to 7th March 2016 for places on the Welsh Crucible Programme, an award-winning programme of personal, professional and leadership development for the future research leaders of Wales. Now in its sixth year, the programme supports research-inspired innovation and cross-disciplin... Read More

HEFCW CUTS – LSW Response: Western Mail, 11 February

Back in January 2015, the Learned Society of Wales’s (LSW) submission to the Diamond Review committee predicted that without significant change to the growing and un-controlled current fee‐grant support leaving Wales, there would be less central funding available to support important HEFCW activities. In particular... Read More

Relevance of Learned Societies in the 21st century: Royal Society Event

Catalysed by the Learned Society of Wales receiving its Royal charter in September 2015, the Royal Society in association with LSW held a discussion meeting intended to explore and highlight the role, relevance and public benefit that learned societies have and continue to make. Key issues discussed included the ... Read More

Proposed HEFCW Budget Cuts 2016/17

The Society was actively involved in efforts to overturn the proposed cut to the HEFCW budget. The President wrote to the First Minister, Minister for Economy, Science and Transport and the Minister for Education (see letter here) and the Society was a co-signatory of the letters sent by the Campaign for Science a... Read More

HEFCW Cuts: Contribution to CASE letter

In January CaSE wrote to the Minister for Education and Skills in the Welsh Government, expressing concerns at the 32% cut to the budget of the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW) proposed in the Welsh Government’s draft Budget in December. The letter was co-signed by eight other organisations from ... Read More

Frances Hoggan Medal Launch and Nomination Call

On Wednesday 27 January, the Society launched the Frances Hoggan Medal for women in STEMM at the Senedd. The Society’s new medal, sponsored by Welsh Government will be awarded annually in recognition of an outstanding contribution to research in any area of Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine... Read More

Evidence by President to Lords’ Science and Technology Committee

On 12 January 2016, Sir Emyr Jones Parry, President of the Society appeared in front of the Science and Technology Committee of the House of Lords, to give evidence to the inquiry on the Relationship between EU Membership and the Effectiveness of UK Science. Transcript available here Read More