The Learned Society of Wales (LSW) is an independent, all-Wales, self-governing, pan-discipline educational charity, providing public benefit including expert scholarly advice on a variety of public  policy issues related to  science, engineering, medicine, arts, humanities and social sciences.

Established in 2010, the Society draws upon the considerable strengths of over 350 distinguished Fellows based in Wales, the UK and beyond.

The Society, Wales's first national scholarly academy, aims to establish itself both as a recognised international representative of the world of Welsh learning, and as a source of authoritative, scholarly, and critical comment and advice on policy issues affecting Wales.

The Mission of the Learned Society of Wales is to:

  • Celebrate and encourage excellence in all of the scholarly disciplines including the professions, industry and commerce, the arts and public service;
  • Promote the advancement of learning and scholarship and the dissemination and application of the results ofacademic enquiry and research; and
  •  Act as an independent source of expert scholarly advice and commentary on matters affecting the wellbeing of Wales and its people.

The current President is Sir Emyr Jones Parry GCMG FInstP PLSW.



  • The Diamond Review:

In the summer of 2014, the Society was invited to submit written evidence to the Review of Higher Education Funding and Student Finance Arrangements in Wales, chaired by Sir Diamond. 

The Society's report was submitted to the panel on 8 January 2015, and representatives of the Society attended a meeting of the Review panel on 22 January. 

The submission contains some new analysis and recommendations regarding the need to revise the current Higher Education fees policy, given the significant cross border flows of students, with a view to ensuring the long term sustainability of the sector.  

The submission can be accessed here.


  • New Year’s Honours:

Professor Teresa Rees CBE FAcSS FLSW, of Cardiff University was awarded a Damehood in the 2015 New Year’s Honours for her services to Social Sciences. 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 Society warmly congratulates Professor Dame Teresa.








The Learned Society of Wales, a company limited by guarantee, registered in Wales, No.7256948; Registered Charity No. 1141526

Registered office: The University Registry, King Edward VII Avenue, Cathays Park, Cardiff CF10 3NS