Gender equality champion awarded honorary degree from University of South Wales

Social Sciences professor, Dame Teresa Rees, has received an honorary degree from the University of South Wales

Dame Teresa Rees


Social Sciences professor, Dame Teresa Rees, has received an honorary degree from the University of South Wales (USW).

The academic was presented with the award during the University’s graduation ceremonies at the Treforest Campus.

Much of Dame Teresa’s career has been focused on research into inequalities, contributing to policy making to make life fairer for all.

This has meant tackling issues such as equal pay, women in Science, Engineering, Technology and Maths (STEM), and ensuring that policy development thinks through implications for equality.

She has worked with the European Commission and several member states on these issues, using an approach called gender mainstreaming, which means taking equality as a guiding principle when designing policies, processes and products.

Dame Teresa said: “It was when I came to the south Wales valleys following pit closure that I discovered how poverty, caused by lack of thoughtful planning, badly affected people’s lives.

“Since then, I’ve been focused on contributing to the development of policies which I hope are more thoughtful in addressing poverty and inequalities.”