The Learned Society of Wales (External organisation)

Activity: MembershipCommittee


Member, Steering Group, the Learned Society of Wales Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Review (LSW EDI Review Steering Group) 2017-2018.

In 2014, the Council of the Learned Society of Wales approved the Report and Recommendations of the Gender Balance Working Group led by Dame Professor Teresa Rees.

The equality focused report and recommendations that were published, together with the benchmarking data against other learned societies, was designed to address the need to “ensure an appropriate balance within the fellowship” in terms of age, subject and geographical distribution, but particularly gender. Specifically, the review addressed “the under-representation of women among nominees” and came up with a series of practical recommendations about how the society could “…ensure more women of suitable quality were nominated” for Fellowship consideration, thereby increasing the representation of women among the Fellowship.

In June 2017, the Appointments, Governance and Nominations Committee recommended commissioning a wider review focusing on the “diversity of fellowship in the Society”, and invited Professor Terry Threadgold to lead.

The Learned Society of Wales recognises and values the diversity and different perspectives that people from different backgrounds bring. The aim of the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Review 2017 is to ensure that the Society has the practices in place to ensure fairness and equality in all its workings.

In brief, the 2017 Review aims to:

1. Consider diversity defined in terms of the 2010 UK Equality Act, but also taking in to consideration the geography and specific nature of Welsh Higher Education Institutions;

2. Consider the outward looking face of the LSW (including the constitution and role/s of its Fellowship, its interactions with and support of other stakeholders and its contribution to Welsh Universities and to Wales);

3. Consider any of the society’s internal structures, process and practices that impact on the diversity of the fellowship.

The steering group will support the review’s work, involving a wide membership from Council, Scrutiny Committees, Fellowship and external members with relevant expertise.
Period21 Nov 2017Dec 2018
Held atThe Learned Society of Wales, United Kingdom
Degree of RecognitionNational