Professor Teresa Rees CBE

Honorary graduates 2014-15

Professor Teresa Rees CBE (LLD)

Monday 14 July 11:45am

Teresa Rees is a Professor in the School of Social Sciences at Cardiff University (now part time), where she was Pro Vice-Chancellor from 2004-10. She took a lead role in establishing what has become GW4, the strategic alliance of Bristol, Bath, Cardiff and Exeter Universities.

As the Director for Wales, Teresa (known as Terry) has worked closely with the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education, developing programmes on research leadership.

Her research focuses on gender mainstreaming and is designed to inform evidence-based policy to promote gender equality, for example for European Union Member States, international companies and universities. She is a long-term expert adviser to the European Commission on mainstreaming equalities in universities through structural change, and on integrating a sex and gender dimension into scientific research to improve its quality.

She is currently Principal Investigator for the European Commission-funded research project on gender segregation and equal pay (Women Adding Value to the Economy – WAVE, 2012-15).

Teresa studied Sociology and Politics at the University of Exeter, graduating in 1970. She is now an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences (and a member of the Board of the Campaign for Social Sciences) and a Fellow (and Council Member) of the Learned Society for Wales.

A former Equal Opportunities Commissioner, she received the ‘Welsh Woman of the Year’ award for ‘outstanding contributions to women in Wales’, and in 2002 was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire for her work on equal opportunities and higher education. She now combines academic work with time spent contributing to the care of her three young grandchildren.