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Head of School elected as Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales

8 July 2020

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Dr Dylan Foster Evans

Dr Dylan Foster Evans, Head of the School of Welsh, has been elected a Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales, the national academy for the arts and sciences.

Receiving a Fellowship is a public recognition of excellence in the field of learning.

Sir Emyr Parry Jones, President of the Society, said: “I am delighted to see the election of 43 new Fellows, showing again the talent connected with Wales, which will reinforce the work of the Society, recognising excellence, promoting research and putting our expertise at the disposal of the nation.”

Dr Foster Evans graduated from Cambridge University before completing his doctorate at the former University of Wales, Aberystwyth. He joined Cardiff University as a lecturer in Welsh in 1998 and became Head of the School of Welsh in 2017.

Dr Foster Evans’ primary research focus is on the poetry of the recent middle ages and he has a particular interest in the relationship between poetry, identity, material culture and environment. A secondary area of research interest is the Welsh language in Cardiff.

“It’s an honour to be elected as a Fellow on the basis of my contribution to the fields of Welsh literature and language. The Society’s founding principles are very close to my heard and I look forward to contributing to its activities, and to the benefit of Welsh studies.”

Dr Dylan Foster Evans Head of School

The Learned Society of Wales was established in 2010 with a mission promote excellence and scholarship, inspire learning and act in the interests and to the benefit of the nation.

Each candidate is considered by a relevant scrutiny committee. Once elected Fellows assist the Society in its work by promoting research, sharing expertise and encouraging learning and debate.

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