Bangor Academics elected Fellows of the Learned Society of Wales

Four Bangor University academics have been elected Fellows of the Learned Society of Wales.

The Learned Society of Wales announced the results of its 2015 Election of new Fellows this week, and four are from Bangor University – Professor Ludmila Kuncheva FIAPR FLSW, School of Computer Science, Professor Rhiannon Tudor Edwards FLSW, Professor of Health Economics and Co-director of Centre for Health Economics and Medicines Evaluation, Professor Helen Wilcox FEA FRSA FRSL FLSW, School of English Literature and Professor Angharad Price FLSW, School of Welsh.

Also elected a fellowship was Professor Bridget Emmett FSB FLSW, Science Area Lead for Soil, Section Head and Head of Site, NERC Centre for Ecology and Hydrology which is in a partnership with the University’s School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography as part of Environment Centre Wales.

Election to Fellowship is a public recognition of academic excellence, and LSW Fellowship is keenly competed. The Society harnesses the expertise of the Fellowship to help promote awareness of how the sciences and the arts, humanities and social sciences can benefit society. Fellows assist the Society in its work by serving on its various committees and working groups and by representing us nationally and internationally.

Sir Emyr Jones Parry, the Society’s President, said: “I am delighted to welcome such a wide range of outstanding individuals to the Fellowship this year. Each new Fellow is elected on the distinguished merit of their work. These new Fellows will help strengthen our capacity to support excellence across all areas of academic and public life, both in Wales and abroad.

"It is also encouraging that the proportion of female Fellows elected (35%) is the highest in the history of the Society. More women are reaching the highest levels of their discipline, and this is rightly being reflected in their election to the Fellowship of the Society.”

Election to Fellowship of the Learned Society of Wales is through a rigorous five-stage election process. Fellowship is open to men and women of all ages and from all ethnic groups who have a demonstrable record of excellence and achievement in any of the academic disciplines or who, being members of the professions, the arts, industry, commerce or public service, have made a distinguished contribution to the world of learning; and who are resident in Wales, or who are persons of Welsh birth but are resident elsewhere, or who otherwise demonstrate a particular connection with Wales.

Professor John G Hughes, Vice-Chancellor of Bangor University said: “I’m delighted that another four of our academics have been recognised and honoured with Fellowships of the Learned Society of Wales. This is a further reflection of the individual’s prominence within their respective academic disciplines.” 

Publication date: 23 April 2015