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Systems Immunity Lay Faculty

Our Lay Faculty fosters a close dialogue between scientists and the public.

Lay Faculty June 2016
Lay Faculty members Roy Norris and Lewis Evans visiting our laboratories in June 2016.

The Institute’s interdisciplinary teams address many of the greatest health challenges of the 21st century. We strive to deliver long-term impacts on science, education and society as a whole, and make a real difference in the clinic.

We have therefore established a Lay Faculty that will help us reach our goals. You can contact us at

The Lay Faculty reviews research priorities, helps identify new lines of research, gives input into research proposals and impact statements, and contributes to the dissemination of research findings to relevant target groups.

The Lay Faculty consists of individuals who are passionate about science and health-related matters and possess imagination and good communication skills. They commit approximately two hours of their time per month to Lay Faculty-related activities and join for a minimum of 12 months, after which membership will be reviewed.

"The issues addressed by the Institute are absolutely relevant for the entire population. I know that I owe my life to research and that people must involve themselves to the best of their abilities in order that research is focused, relevant and explained to the public at large."

Roy Norris Lay Faculty member (April 2016)

"Future treatments come from effective basic research and we all have an interest in engaging with it. So many lives, including my own, have been affected by serious disease at some time or other - or will be. Being involved in the research process as a Lay Faculty member is important and rewarding."

Lewis Evans Lay Faculty member (April 2016)

The creation of the Lay Faculty has benefited greatly from our close links with Health and Care Research Wales via the Involving People Network, Wales Cancer Research Centre, Wales Kidney Research Unit and HealthWise Wales.

"Our ambition through Health and Care Research Wales is to create an environment where the public are central to health and social care research in Wales. This will help put the citizen at the heart of creating new knowledge and putting new knowledge into practice. I am therefore impressed with the outline and intention of the Lay Faculty and what it aims to achieve. It is encouraging to see this type of activity being undertaken across Wales."

Angela Martin Lead for Public Involvement and Engagement at the Welsh Government’s Research and Development Division (April 2016)