Professor Teresa Rees awarded a Damehood for services to Social Sciences

8 January 2015

Dame Professor Teresa Rees

Professor Teresa Rees, of the School of Social Sciences, was awarded a Damehood for services to Social Sciences, further to her original CBE in 2002.

Dame Teresa has a distinguished record of research which focuses on inequalities, women and science policy, gender mainstreaming and higher education funding and has been focused on contributing to evidence-based policy in the European Union, the UK and Wales.

A keen supporter of devolution, she has chaired two independent investigations on higher education to assist the National Assembly for Wales develop its policies. Dame Teresa was a member of the Government Steering Group to set up the Equality and Human Rights Commission, and of the National Equality Panel that reported in 2010.

She is currently Principal Investigator for the Women Adding Value to the Economy (WAVE) project, Visiting Professor at the GEXcel centre of excellence in Sweden, on the Scientific Advisory Board of five European Commission funded projects on women and universities, and until recently was Director for Wales of the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education.

Among her other accolades, Dame Teresa is a Fellow of Academy of Social Sciences and of the Learned Society of Wales and also won the Western Mail's Welsh Woman of the Year Val Feld Award for her work to promote the life chances of women in Wales.

Professor Dame Teresa said: "As a social scientist, I am delighted by this honour which celebrates the contribution of social science to evidence-based policy and notes the importance of research on gender, social justice and equality."