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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."

The School of Social Sciences has been ranked in the top five for the quality of its research in Sociology and Education.

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) assesses the standard of research quality in all UK higher education institutions.

The School was ranked 5th in the UK for Education research, alongside the University of Cambridge and Durham University. 76 institutions submitted for assessment under the Education category.

The School has come 3rd in the UK for Sociology research, ranked above the University of Oxford, the London School of Economics and Political Science, and Bristol University. Sociology celebrates its 50th anniversary at Cardiff University this year.

Professor Amanda Coffey, Head of School, said: "We have the widest breadth of degree programmes of any social science school in the UK and this is reflected in our interdisciplinary research portfolio. I am delighted with the excellent REF results we have achieved and am grateful to all members of Staff, across the School and its associated research centres, for the hard work which have made these wonderful results possible".

To find out more about the innovative research undertaken at the School of Social Sciences please visit the School website. Full information about the Cardiff University REF submission is available on University's central research pages.

Professor Emma Renold, who leads the Gender and Sexualities Research Group in the School of Social Sciences, will feature on The Wales Report on BBC One Wales, Wednesday 10 December.

The programme focusses largely on why the Welsh Government's recent Gender-based Violence, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence bill doesn't go far enough, a topic Professor Renold was recently supported on by The National Assembly for Wales' Communities, Equality and Local Government Committee.

Professor Renold takes part in The Wales Report as the academic expert following her study: 'Girls and Boys Speak Out: A Qualitative Study of Children's Gender and Sexual Cultures (age 10-12)'. This study, the first of its kind, details the views and experiences of pre-teen boys and girls growing up in a sexist society in their own words. It addresses the absence of young people's own experiences of everyday sexism and sexual harassment, online and offline.

As part of the programme Professor Renold arranged filming with the two young girls who were the catalyst behind the original research after they wrote a poem on sexual objectification. Other young people from the feminist equalities lunch club, who Professor Renold has worked with over the past year, also participated.

Professor Renold is now working directly with secondary school students and Citizens UK to facilitate their support of the Welsh Women Against Violence Action Group's 'youngpeoplepromise' campaign. Professor Renold's research has been used to support the campaign.

Professor Renold says: "I was delighted to be invited to take part in The Wales Report and am pleased to see the subject so high up on the agenda, especially amongst young people. It was great to be able to invite them to take part in the programme on voice these concerns in their own words. I look forward to the next few months where I will be able to work directly with three groups of youngsters to directly support the 'youngpeoplepromise' campaign"

The Wales Report airs on Wednesday 10 December, BBC One Wales, 10.35pm.

Nearly 100 people including academics and representatives of the public, private and voluntary sectors, as well as members of the general public, attended the recent Women in Leadership seminar at Cardiff University.
This seminar – organised by Dr Amanda Kidd and Jo Hall from Women Adding Value to the Economy (WAVE) - featured guest speakers from Bath and Exeter universities to discuss the barriers and other issues surrounding women's progression to leadership positions. The Opening Address was delivered by Dame Rosemary Butler, Presiding Officer of the National Assembly for Wales, who champions the need for more women to have influence at senior level in public life.
The audience heard arguments that the pathway to business leadership needs to become more flexible if the economy is to benefit from the talents of women at the top. Dr Alison Parken, who leads the WAVE research team within the School of Social Sciences, warned that the 'straight road-race of career-long full-time working' to reach the top needed to change to account for the diversions many women need to take during their working lives.

Referring to major employers' recent proposals that women could 'freeze their eggs' so they can climb the management ladder, Dr Parken said: "They're essentially asking women to mirror men's traditional labour market pathways – and to 'lean-in' on that basis. Updating old-fashioned breadwinner v homemaker stereotypes that still underpin such inflexibility in the workforce would seem to be a better idea. Flexible working methods should reflect diversity between and among men and women, and reward them for the work that they do rather than how long they sit at their desks."
Professor Michelle Ryan of Exeter University spoke at the event, discussing her research on the 'glass cliff' that demonstrates how women are more often seen as suitable leadership candidates when organisations are failing and need turning around. Dr Johanne Grosvold of Bath University highlighted other barriers to women's success at the top, speaking about her research which shows how in societies that are less reliant on a breadwinner/ homemaker model and which offer good quality affordable childcare and welfare provision, there are proportionately more women on boards than countries like the UK, which has a corporatist system.
This event was run in association with Chwarae Teg who are currently leading the 50:50 by 2020 campaign to achieve gender balance on boards and other decision-making bodies within the next six years. Dr Parken described the seminar as: "a great opportunity to deliver important research findings to illuminate the women in leadership debate and encourage change in policy and practice."
The WAVE programme is funded by the European Social Fund through the Welsh Government and aims to tackle gender earning disparities in the workplace.

Mike Levi, Professor of Criminology at the School of Social Sciences, has been invited to speak at an anti-corruption forum at the Korean Institute of Criminology. The event will be attended by key Korean government officials and representatives from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the French and US governments, and the World Bank.

Professor Levi's work has contributed invaluable knowledge to this area of research for which he has been recognized with a series of honors. He will speak on the role of the private sector in combatting corruption at the forum on 4 December.

The speech takes place at the first anti-corruption forum organized by the Korean Institute of Criminology (KIC) in the Republic of Korea, which began with encouragement from the Korean Prime Minister. This demonstrates the importance of the forum in the light of public distrust of official corruption symbolised by the tragic loss of lives in the Korean ferry disaster.

Established in 1989, KIC is the only national crime and criminal justice research agency in the Republic of Korea. Since 1999, it has been an entity within the Office of the Prime Minister. The institute conducts investigations and research on numerous areas such as organised crime, corruption and criminal law, publishing more than 50 research reports each year.

Professor Levi noted that apart from the UK and USA, most self-assessments by OECD countries showed unimaginative efforts at public and at private sector engagement in the anti-bribery process. It was important in Korea to increase not just the prosecution profile against individuals as well as companies, but also to improve whistle-blower and public monitoring of corruption, and to use the risks of huge corporate sanctions creatively to push for competitive integrity rather than the corporate 'race to the bottom'. 

Professor Levi says "It is a privilege to have been asked to speak at this inaugural anti-corruption forum in Korea. Having the chance to share the results of my research more widely, and at such a high level event, is another stepping stone in the fight against corruption."

Mike Levi, Professor of Criminology, was last week presented with the 2014 Sellin-Glueck award for comparative and international criminology - the highest award given by The American Society of Criminology to scholars from outside the USA.

Now in its 40th year, the Thorsten Sellin and Sheldon and Eleanor Glueck Award aims to draw attention to criminological scholarship that considers problems of crime and justice outside the United States. Professor Levi found out in May that he would receive the award due to his 'truly remarkable contributions to international and comparative criminology'. The award presentation took place at the Society's international conference in San Francisco last week.

Professor Levi says of the award: "European criminology is making tremendous advances, but the American Society of Criminology is the largest and oldest gathering of criminologists in the world. If one is going to get an award, then San Francisco is a choice location! The areas I research are particularly difficult to get valid or indeed any data on so it is particularly gratifying to get an award from the most prestigious and quantitatively oriented Criminology Society."

This award is the latest in a number of accolades Professor Levi can boast. His pioneering research has led to his election to the Academy of Social Sciences and a Fellowship of the Learned Society of Wales. In 2013 he received the Distinguished Scholar Award from the International Association for the Study of Organized Crime (IASOC). Professor Levi has been Professor of Criminology at Cardiff University since 1991

Professor Levi travelled to San Francisco from New York, where he recently presented a paper on money laundering data at a symposium at New York University Law School. This paper looked at the development of indicators on illicit activities, emphasising the importance of underlying interpretation of the meaning and value of data.

A study led by Professor Martin Innes, Director of the Universities' Police Science Institute, has looked at what lessons can be learned from the murder of Fusilier Lee Rigby by analysing community reactions to the impacts of terrorist attacks.

The Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) report issued today identifies that it will be impossible to prevent lone wolf terrorist attacks in the future. Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, this study has been conducted by researchers at the Universities' Police Science Institute and the School of Computer Science and Informatics to identify the lessons for better managing the consequences of terrorism when it happens.

Professor Innes said: "A lot of attention focuses upon how social media can be monitored to spot individuals who pose a potential risk of terrorism. But as the Intelligence and Security Committee Report identifies, in practice this is much harder than might be assumed, and not all attacks can be detected, especially those involving 'lone wolf' assailants. Reflecting this, our research is focused upon what can be learned for the future from the murder of Lee Rigby in terms of improving the management of community impacts when terrorist incidents do occur.

Our work has shown that social media is increasingly important in influencing how the public understand such attacks and what happens in the aftermath. There are very important consequences for the police and authorities in terms of taking the heat out of a tense situation and reducing the opportunities for the kinds of 'secondary crimes' that we saw following Lee Rigby's killing."

A leading Cardiff University academic will argue this week that the Welsh Government's Gender-based Violence, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Bill designed to improve arrangements for the prevention of domestic abuse and sexual violence will fail if it doesn't place education, children's rights and children and young people's own experiences at its heart.

Emma Renold, Professor in Childhood Studies at the School of Social Sciences, will use a briefing to AMs to argue that without legislative change that ensures all school children and young people in Wales receive comprehensive education to address daily experiences of inter-personal sexual harassment, the cycle of gender and sexual violence in children's peer cultures will prevail.

The full story is available to view on the News Centre webpages.

The School of Social Sciences is celebrating 50 years of Sociology at Cardiff.

Sociology was established in 1964 with the appointment of the first Chair in Sociology at Cardiff and the formal inauguration of the Department of Sociology, which included social administration and social work. A separate Department of Social Administration and a School of Social Work were both created by 1971 and the Department of Sociology was, for the first time, a specialised sociology department.

In 1974, the headship of the department passed to Martin Albrow, who joined in 1967 as senior lecturer. This was followed by the establishment of a research unit under the direction of Tony Coxon. Research officer posts were created alongside further lectureships to meet the growing demands of teaching sociology to medical students and education students.

An expansion of the range of courses followed, together with the development of a new generation of research projects. A suite of taught postgraduate courses was created, which in time included one of the first masters in social research methods and an interdisciplinary  women's studies programme.

The School of Social and Administrative Studies (SOCAS) was established in the 1980s, with sociology again joining social policy, social work and, in time, criminology. Paul Atkinson became Head of School in 1990 and Sara Delamont was at the helm prior to merge with the School of Education in 1999. Both Paul and Sara are still with the School today.

Under the leadership of sociologist Huw Beynon, the Cardiff School of Social Sciences has gone on to become a major centre for research and teaching, encompassing sociology, social policy, education, criminology and social work. Malcolm Williams was appointed Head of School in 2010 and Professor Amanda Coffey took over in the summer of 2014.

Professor Coffey says: "I am extremely proud to lead the School as we celebrate 50 years of success in Sociology. The School continues to have firm sociological foundations, as well as a truly interdisciplinary research and teaching profile"

The School of Social Sciences now has over 1000 students and over 200 staff. Over 10,000 alumni have graduated from the School. The Sociology programme at Cardiff is ranked within the QS rankings top 100,  with social sciences in Cardiff University as a whole within the top 100 of the Times University rankings.

The BSc in Social Analytics is a new interdisciplinary course on offer at the School of Social Sciences from September 2015.

Cardiff Q-Step Centre is part of a £19.5 million national programme  - funded by the Nuffield Foundation, ESRC and HEFCE  - designed to promote a step-change in quantitative social science training. The Cardiff Q-Step team has developed this course to address the growing demand from public, private and third sector employers for numerate social science graduates.

Students on the BSc Social Analytics course will receive thorough training in quantitative methods and statistical literacy. All students will also undertake a guaranteed work placement in their second year. The programme will accept 25 students each year to follow its rigorous but exciting pathway.

Students will learn about society, exploring fascinating ways of investigating and challenging theories, and gain a solid understanding of statistics. They will also have the opportunity to study modules from Sociology, Criminology, Education, Social Policy and Politics.

Marco Pomati, Lecturer in Quantitative Methods, says of the course: "The BSc in Social Analytics is an ambitious programme. Students will acquire the skills needed to understand and analyse a wide range of social data including national surveys, administrative data, social media and transactional data. By undertaking a guaranteed work placement in their second year, students will maximise their employability and have the chance to apply what they have learned in the class room to real life scenarios."

Each cohort of students will be closely assessed, mentored and tutored by a dedicated teaching and research team. In their final year all Social Analytics students will undertake a dissertation project in which they are able to design and conduct a small scale independent research study under supervision.

Detailed course information is available via our Course Finder pages