Society’s New Fellows Demonstrate Wales’ Thriving Academic and Civic Life

04 May 2022

Dr Kathryn Jones, IAITH’s Managing Director said:

I have been very priviledged to have had the opportunity to contribute to the development of the Language Policy and Planning field in Wales and beyond through my work with IAITH: Welsh Centre for Language Planning over the past 23 years. I’m very pleased that this work has been recognised by being nominated and accepted as a Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales.

Society’s New Fellows Demonstrate Wales’ Thriving Academic and Civic Life


Sixty-six new Fellows elected to the Learned Society of Wales, half of them women, show that Wales has the solutions to many of today’s challenges.

Academics, researchers and public figures join the Society from across academic and civic life in Wales and beyond.

Specialisms run from aerospace engineering to the history of African Europeans, ceramic microstructures to the Baroque violin, women in surgery to the National Trust and much else in-between.

A full list of the new Fellows, listing their institutions and research areas, can be downloaded here.


Professor Hywel Thomas, President of the Society said:

“The expertise of our new Fellows is outstanding. The range of research shows that Wales is well-placed to meet the environmental, technological, social, cultural, political and health challenges we face.

“The Society’s ability to bring together this talent allows us to initiate and influence important debates about how Wales, the UK and the world can navigate the turbulent waters we are in today.

“I am most pleased that 50% of our new Fellows are women. This shows we are starting to meet our commitments on equality, diversity and inclusion. There is further to go, as we work to make the Society reflect Wales’ diversity, but this is an important step.”