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Research Profile

Prof Teresa Rees  -  CBE AcSS FLSW BA PhD FRSA

Career Profile

After six years as Pro Vice Chancellor at Cardiff University (2004-10) and a year’s sabbatical leave, I am now combining working on the WAVE project with being the Director for Wales of the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education, both part time.


I continue my interests in inequalities, women and science policy, gender mainstreaming and higher education funding (see Projects). My research has been focused on contributing to evidence-based policy.

Awards and Prizes

  • 2012    December. University of Bath honorary degree of Doctor of Laws for distinguished academic work, particularly on gender equality research and policy
  • 2012    July. Queen’s University Belfast, Doctor of Social Sciences (honoris causa) for services to education and for public service
  • 2012    April. Elected Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales (
  • 2011    Shortlisted for Research Fortnight Academic Achiever of the Year Award
  • 2006    Honorary Fellow, University of Wales, Lampeter
  • 2003    Commander of the Order of the British Empire, for services to higher education and equal opportunities
  • 2002    Western Mail ‘Welsh Woman of the Year Val Feld Award’ for outstanding contribution to women in Wales
  • 2002    Honorary Life Membership of the National Union of Students Wales
  • 2001    Elected academician of the Academy of Learned Societies for the Social Sciences (

Memberships / External Activities

Current Memberships

2011 -              Board member, Campaign for Social Sciences, Academy of Social Sciences
2007 -              Member, Board of Governors of Glamorgan University
2004-               President, National Postgraduate Committee
1997-               President, South Wales Branch of Workers’ Educational Association

Past Memberships

2007-12           Fellow, Sunningdale Institute
2007-12           Member, BBC Audience Council Wales
2010-11           Member, HEFCE REF Equality and Diversity Advisory Group
2010-11           Member, HEFCW’s Research, Innovation and Engagement Committee’s  Research Sub-Group
2007-10           Member, National Equality Panel
2007-9             Commissioner, NIACE Commission of Inquiry A Strategy for   Lifelong Learning
2007-9             Member, Higher Education Funding Council for Wales Widening Access Committee
2004-8             Member, BT Wales Advisory Forum
2004-6             Member of Task Force, then Steering Group for Commission for Equality and Human Rights
2004-6             Member of Athena (Women and Science) Advisory Group
2004-9             Member, British Council, Wales Advisory Committee
2004-5             Chair, Independent Study into the Devolution of the Student Support System and Tuition Fee Regime, for the National Assembly for Wales
2003-6             Member, Higher Education Funding Council for England Strategic Advisory Committee for Research
2002-6             Member, then Vice Chair, Economic & Social Research Council Strategic Research Board
2002-3             Joint Funding Councils Review of the Research Assessment Exercise (Chaired by Sir Gareth Roberts)
2000-1             Chair, National Assembly for Wales Independent Investigation Group on Student Hardship and Funding in Wales
1996-2             Equal Opportunities Commission’s Commissioner for Wales
1996-2009       Independent Assessor for National Assembly for Wales (and    previously, Welsh Office)
1995-10           Member, Executive Committee of Institute of Welsh Affairs
1993-7             Member, Economic & Social Research Council Research Grants Board

Upcoming External Lectures

Hamburg University (19/04/13) - Hamburg 
Title TBC
Symposium on Gender Inequality in Academia

University of Limerick (08/03/13) – Limerick
Title TBC
International Women’s Day Conference

Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Leuven (14/03/13) - Leuven
‘Gender mainstreaming in STEM’

Medical University of Vienna (29/11/12) - Vienna
‘The gendered construction of scientific excellence’
Gender and Excellence Symposium

Recent External Lectures

Association for Research Managers and Administrators (13/06/12) - Southampton
‘Research – from a PVC’s Perspective’
Annual conference  

National Research Council of Italy, (18/05/12) - Naples
‘The role of gender in scientific excellence’

Association of Commonwealth Universities (06-08/03/12) – Colombo, Sri Lanka
Critical Women: Women as agents of change in higher education
Gender Conference

National Training Federation for Wales (17/11/11) - Cardiff
‘The value of vocational training’
Annual Conference

European Gender Summit (08-09/11/11) - Brussels
‘Diverse Leadership Styles’
Genset Conference - Changing the Culture of Research and Scientific Leadership

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