University of South Wales academics honoured by Learned Society of Wales

Louise Bright and Ruth Northway - new Fellows of the Learned Society of Wales

Dr Louise Bright and Professor Ruth Northway


Two University of South Wales (USW) academics are among the new entrants to the Learned Society of Wales’ Fellowship.

They join 43 other new Fellows, all of whom share a link with Wales, its universities or intellectual life, and are drawn from all specialisms.

The new Fellows from USW are Dr Louise Bright FLSW, USW’s Director of Research and Business Engagement; and Professor Ruth Northway OBE FRCN PFHEA FLSW, Professor of Learning Disability Nursing, and Head of Research for USW’s Faculty of Life Sciences and Education.

The Fellows demonstrate the ongoing excellence of Welsh research, universities and intellectual life, all of which have shone during the extraordinary events of this pandemic-marked year.

The new Fellows include academics from Welsh, UK and overseas higher education institutions as well as individuals who a play a significant role in Welsh public life. Specialisms range from nanotechnology to jazz, parliamentary history to tumour biology, and much in between.

The Society’s President, Professor Hywel Thomas, said of the new intake: "I am delighted to welcome our new Fellows to the Learned Society of Wales.

“This past, extraordinary, year has shown the value of world-class research. There is a thirst for knowledge and expertise, in all fields, as we try to recover from the challenges of the pandemic. Our Fellows are at the forefront of that knowledge and expertise.

“We have also elected a higher percentage of women Fellows than ever before, with 38%. There is more we need to do but I am also pleased we are making progress on our efforts to make the Society better reflect the diversity of Welsh life.”

Dr Bright said: “I am pleased to be joining the Learned Society at a time when so many exciting and important initiatives are developing.

“I am excited about the opportunities to work with the team and other Fellows to extend the reach and impact of LSW for the good of Wales.”

Professor Northway said: “I am excited and honoured to be elected to this Fellowship and look forward to the opportunities it will afford to work with other Fellows in order to advance research and scholarship.”

Election to the Fellowship is public recognition of excellence and takes place following a rigorous examination of each nominee’s achievements in their relevant field.

The Society’s Fellowship now numbers 595. Their combined expertise allows the Society to strengthen its contribution to Welsh public life, through its contributions to government policy development, public lectures and seminars, and its expanding Wales Studies programme.

The new Fellows will be formally admitted at the Society’s AGM, which will be held on 19 May.