Criteria for Election

The bye-laws of the Society’s Royal Charter provide that:

Fellows shall be persons resident in Wales, persons of Welsh birth who are resident elsewhere and others with a particular connection with Wales; in each case, having a demonstrable record of excellence and achievement in one of the academic disciplines or, being members of the professions, the arts, industry, commerce or public service, having made a distinguished contribution to the world of learning (Bye-law 10.1).

Although criteria and measures of distinction may vary between different fields, in all cases excellence can be defined in terms of:

i) contributions
ii) the impact of these contributions
iii) the professional standing of the Candidate in question

The following criteria are also taken into account:

  • fundamental research: the quality of contributions in research and scholarship, their impact on the subject, and the individual’s international standing
  • applied research: the quality of contributions in research and its application, their impact on the user community, and the individual’s international standing
  • the professions: the quality of contributions to the profession, their impact on practice and understanding, and the individual’s professional standing – particularly in the context of public service
  • breadth of engagement in activities beyond the immediate specialism: contributions to multidisciplinary activities, public service, and/or engagement with the wider public to create a better understanding of the individual’s field
  • areas of public service: the quality of contributions, their impact on the community, and the individual’s professional standing – particularly including evidence of a wider contribution to society and/or academic life
  • the performing and creative arts: the quality of contributions to cultural life, their impact in the field, and the individual’s national and international standing
  • business and industry: the quality of contributions, their impact in the field, and the individual’s professional standing including evidence of a wider contribution to society and/or academic life
  • originality: the originality of methods employed in the subject and contributions to academic life and wider society.

The Society also welcomes nominations of retired individuals who, although they may no longer be research active, would have been strong candidates for election should the Society have existed when they were employed.

As far as possible within the above criteria, we aim to achieve a broad balance amongst the Fellowship, not only in terms of subject expertise (arts, sciences and social sciences) but also in terms of age, race/ethnicity, and gender.

By focusing on the criteria of excellence and achievement, the Society ensures that our Fellowship will be authoritative examples of the very best of Wales in all major disciplines of knowledge.