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WISERD has received significant national and regional coverage in both broadcast and print media.  Below are some examples of where and when our research has featured in the media*:

*All links relate to articles


February 2017

New WISERD and Local Data Company (LDC) retail report covered online in Greetings Today magazine. (02/02/17)

January 2017

A disability report co-authored by WISERD researchers was highlighted in Prime Minister's Questions. (25/01/17)

Dr Elin Royles and Dr Rhys Dafydd Jones were interviewed about the Brexit debate in Aberystwyth and the launch of the WISERD Centre for Welsh Politics and Society on S4C (Newyddion 9), which was broadcast during the launch event. (25/01/17)

Dr Rhys Dafydd Jones and Dr Elin Royles were interviewed on BBC Radio Cymru (Dr Rhys Dafydd Jones was on Post Cyntaf and Dr Elin Royles was on Post Prynhawn) talking about the Brexit debate in Aberystwyth and the launch of the WISERD Centre for Welsh Politics and Society. (25/01/17)

Professor Michael Woods was interviewed on BBC Radio Wales (Good Morning Wales) about the Brexit debate in Aberystwyth and the launch of the WISERD Centre for Welsh Politics and Society. (25/01/17)

New WISERD and Local Data Company (LDC) retail report covered online in Talking Retail and PCR trade magazines. (24/01/17)

The Brexit debate, ‘Brexit and Wales – The Key Questions’, which took place in Aberystwyth alongside the launch of the WISERD Centre for Welsh Politics and Society received coverage online in (20.01.17), Y Cymro (20.01.17) and The Ceredigion Herald. (24.01.17 and in print 03.02.17)

Research by Professor Sally Power about young people’s social media use during the night has been covered extensively online recently, including in the Science News Journal (18.01.17) and TES (17.01.17).

December 2016

Professor Chris Taylor was featured in the ITV report about screen time at night being harmful to children's health and also appeared on ITV news. (12/12/16)

Professor Sally Power wrote an article for The Conversation that questions whether it’s a good idea to buy places for poor pupils in private schools. (09/12/16) 

BBC Radio 4 World at One featured an interview with Professor David Blackaby about the prospects for the steel industry, in the wake of the deal agreed between Tata and the unions. (07/12/16)

Shorter excerpts from the interview were also broadcast on: 

  • BBC Radio 2 
  • BBC Radio Cumbria
  • BBC Northampton
  • BBC Newcastle
  • BBC Shropshire

Professor Sally Power featured in the Wales Online article that captured the live reaction towards the release of the PISA Results. (06/12/16)

Professor Gareth Rees was interviewed on Good Morning Wales shortly before the release of the PISA results. (06/12/16)

November 2016

Professor Sally Power was quoted in The Times article about the Michaela Community School in Brent. (13/11/16)

September 2016

Front page coverage in Yorkshire Post on research from Professor Martin Jones re WISERD Civil Society research. (23/09/16)

Coverage in South Wales Echo and Western Mail on WISERD Education findings regarding pupil and teacher perceptions (and new funding). (15/09/16)

Professor David Blackaby was featured on ITV News Wales at 6 regarding uncertainty over the Port Talbot Tata Steel plant and implications for the area. (08/09/16)

Interview with Professor David Blackaby on the Joseph Rowntree Foundation Report on Poverty and implication for Wales for BBC Radio Wales Good Morning Wales. (06.09.16)

August 2016

Dr Kevin Smith features in The Conversation on how boys and girls perform at school and how they feel when at school: 'Girls may perform better at school than boys – but their experience is much less happy'. (24.08.16)

Professor Stephen Drinkwater was broadcast as part of a feature on Share Radio about whether a cut in the number of low-skilled EU migrants would hurt the UK economy. (08/16)

July 2016

Professor David Blackaby featured on BBC Radio Wales Tata potential strategic partnership with Thyssenkrupp AG. (09.07.2016) 

June 2016

Professor David Blackaby featured on BBC Radio Wales: Tata Steel, Political uncertainty, Pensions and Brexit (30.06.2016)

Professor David Blackaby featured on Share Radio Morning Money: Implications for Wales of leaving EU (24.06.16)

Commentary by Professor David Blackaby in The South Wales Evening Post about whether we would be better or worse off out of the EU  (21.06.16)

Euronews (France) report Professor David Blackaby as saying that “We are likely to have a more successful industry if we remain in the EU” (10.06.16):

David Blackaby: “We are likely to have a more successful industry if we remain in the EU”

South Wales steels itself for industrial decline post-Brexit

Wales and Scotland face uncertain future with Brexit

May 2016

Comment from Professor David Blackaby on the steel crisis:

  • BBC Radio 4, In Business, History of the Steel Industry. (19.05.16 repeated 22.05.16)
  • Radio 5 live The Economy of the Swansea Area. ITV News Wales 6pm and 10.30 Prospects for  Tata Steel Port Talbot. (25.05.16)
  • Share Radio, Morning Money, Prospects for Tata Steel and EU referendum. (31.05.16)

Dr Stuart Fox was interviewed by The Christian Science Monitor on his blog post Religion & The EU Referendum. (31.05.16)

Dr Sioned Pearce featured on BBC Sunday Politics with Andrew Neil and Arwyn Jones talking about Young People and the EU Referendum 39:00. (22.05.16)

Dr Stuart Fox featured on BBC Radio Wales Sunday Supplement programme with Vaughan Roderick 51:56. (22.05.16)

Dr Alex Hillman discussed dementia and her work on the IDEAL project as part of the sciSCREEN event on BBC Radio Wales: Good Morning Wales. (18.05.18)

Dan Evans featured on BBC News talking about Welsh language and young people. (06.05.16).

April 2016

Dr Kirstie Macleod was a guest on BBC Radio nan Gaidheal's MacIlleMhìcheil programme talking about her work on education, language and identity. (29.04.16) 

Comment from Professor Blackaby feature in an Associated Press (AP, USA) item, which is reported by the following outlets: Seymour Tribune (USA), Newser (USA), ABC News (USA), Yahoo! Finance UK. (22/04/16)

Professor David Blackaby comments on the steel crisis in: Fox News Network (US). The following outlets also report the news: The Republic (US)The Salt Lake TribuneThe New Delhi Times;; The Economic TimesThe Financial Express (India). (22/04/16) 

Professor David Blackaby was interviewed on a number of programmes speaking about Tata Steel’s plans to sell its UK operations, including Port Talbot Steelworks: BBC main evening news at 6pm, Radio 5 Live on 20/04/16 and BBC Radio 4 at 5:05pm and BBC Radio Wales at 5:09pm on 21/04/16.

Professor Howard Davies featured in The Conversation looking at the latest employment figures - and the problems that lie beneath the surface of the country’s economy, despite months of positive headlines. (20/04/16)

Professor David Blackaby commented on the proposed management buyout of Tata Steel Port Talbot on BBC News at Six. (20/04/16).  

Dr Stuart Fox and Dr Sioned Pearce look at the role of young people in Wales in the European referendum in a piece for the IWA news analysis magazine: Click On Wales. (20.04.16)

The Western Mail Weekend pages features an article on the steel industry and quotes Prof Louise Miskell, Prof David Blackaby, Dr Bleddyn Penney and Kevin Sullivan. (16.04.16) 

Wales Online and the Western Mail report on the steel crisis, and on the option of replacing the blast furnaces at Port Talbot with electric arc furnaces which critics claim produce lower-grade steel -  Professor David Blackaby is quoted saying that the “only way for Britain to survive as a steelmaker is to produce high-quality steel”. (14.04.16)

Evening Post features comment by Professor David Blackaby of the School of Management, who points out that other EU countries can produce steel successfully. (08.04.16)

BBC Radio Wales’ Good Evening Wales programme featured a further interview with Professor David Blackaby, School of Management on ongoing developments in Tata’s sale of its UK operations, including the steelworks at Port Talbot. Listen here. (07.04.16) Radio 5 Live Port Talbot and the Steel Crises.

Professor Gareth Rees features in a BBC Wales online news item regarding: Election ahead of crucial education decisions. (07.04.16)

Dr Sioned Pearce was interviewed by Channel 4 News on her research on young people and the EU referendum. (07.04.16)

Swansea University Economics Professor David Blackaby was interviewed on BBC TV News 24 about the possible options for the Port Talbot Steel works. (06.04.16)

The views of economics Professor David Blackaby on the future of Tata Steel were broadcast on 26 BBC radio stations including BBC News 24, Radio 2, Radio Scotland, Radio London and Radio Jersey.  (04.04.16)

Sky News carries an interview with Professor David Blackaby of the School of Management, who described steel as “a strategic industry, a foundation industry”, which is vital if we want a manufacturing industry in this country. (01.04.16)

Dr Gareth Rees was interviewed by BBC Radio Cymru on education and the Assembly election - focusing on school standards/performance & University/student finance. (01.04.16)

March 2016

An interview with Professor David Blackaby, School of Management, was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on the Tata announcement and the numbers of and implications for the workforce in Wales. (31.03.16) Listen here.

BBC Radio 5 Live Wake up to Money Steel Crisis, BBC Radio Coventry, Tata Steel announcement. (31.03.16)

Professor David Blackaby has been interviewed by a variety of BBC outlets including BBC Wales, BBC Radio Wales, Radio 5 Live, Radio 4, Coventry &Warwickshire, Ulster, Scotland, Newcastle, Radio Asia, Jersey, Guernsey, Foyle, Surrey, Sussex, Lancashire, Merseyside, Lincolnshire, Kent, Oxford, Humberside and Northampton about the jobs situation and the economic impact of the possible closure of the Port Talbot steel works. (30.03.16).

Coverage in the Financial Times on Dr Stuart Fox and Dr Sioned Pearce's research on young people and the EU referendum. 30/03/16

Further coverage on school pupil's modern day heroes and villains from WISERD Education: The Conversation UK (08.03.16) and Celeb Youth (03.03.16).

February 2016

Professor Stephen Drinkwater is quoted in an article in The Economist looking at Eastern Europeans and migration. (27.02.16).

Professor Sally Power and Dr Kevin Smith received coverage from their research into which famous people school pupils most admire and dislike.  The findings reveal that the most admired are celebrities and sportspeople, with Jessie J, Taylor Swift and Beyonce achieving the top three positions. (myScience UK 26.02.16, Scottish Star, WalesOnline, Western Mail, 29/2/16; South Wales Echo, 27/2/16). 

Professor Chris Taylor addressed access to higher education in Wales in BBC One Wales' programme Week In Week Out 'Is It Because I'm From Wales?' on Monday 8th February.  He discussed the quality of teaching and the contrast in admissions to University from students who have the same grades but attend different schools.   You can watch the episode here.

December 2015

Professor David Blackaby, School of Management, was interviewed about the economy on BBC Radio Wales’ Good Evening Wales programme. Listen again here. (16.12.16)

November 2015

Dr Dan Evans wrote an article for The Conversation on Welsh language and young people. (18.11.16)

Professor David Blackaby, School of Management, was interviewed for BBC Wales’ Wales Today news about HMRC's announcement that it is to close all its offices in Wales and create a regional centre in Cardiff employing up to 3,800 people. (12/11/15)

Dr Ruth McElroy, was interviewed on BBC Radio Wales and Radio 4’s Media show, talking about the Cardiff media summit and the IWA's Media Audit report. (11/11/15)

September 2015

WISERD Education's report to HEFCW - Access to Higher Education in Wales - was featured in the Times Higher EducationBBC OnlineWales Online, Research Professional, and Cardiff University News. Professor Chris Taylor was also interviewed on the BBC Radio Wales programme Good Morning Wales (24/9/15). Dr Ceryn Evans was interviewed by Radio Cardiff regarding the research (29/9/15)

Professor Chris Taylor has advised the Read On.Get On. campaign, which is calling for the Welsh Government to increase investment in the early years workforce and support for parents in their child’s early years. This was featured in BBC Online -  and in Wales Online (22/9/15)

Professor David Blackaby was interviewed by BBC Radio Wales Good Morning Wales regarding unemployment in Wales and the labour market (16/9/2015)

Research conducted by Dr Kim Horton and Professor Chris Taylor into the effects of social media on the sleep habits of young people was featured in: (15/9/15)

Dr Kim Horton was interviewed by BBC Radio Scotland’s Newsdrive programme (15/9/15) and BBC Radio Humberside’s David Burns programme (16/9/15). Dr Sioned Pearce was interviewed (on behalf of Dr Kim Horton) on BBC Radio Cymru’s Taro’r Post programme (15/9/15)

August 2015

Professor David Blackaby was interviewed by BBC Radio Wales Good Morning Wales regarding job Losses in the Steel Industry (27/8/2015)

Professor David Blackaby was interviewed by BBC Radio Wales Good Evening Wales regarding unemployment in Wales. (12/8/2015)

Dr Sioned Pearce was interviewed by the BBC’s Radio Cymru’s Post Cyntaf programme about research on the attitudes of 16 and 17 year olds to politics, ahead of her talk on the subject at the Eisteddfod (7/8/2015) 

July 2015

Professor Sally Power was interviewed on BBC Radio 4’s ‘Thinking Allowed’ programme discussing research on how school children say they would spend a million pounds (29/7/2015).

The WISERD funded biomapping research project, led by Professor Chris Taylor (WISERD) and Dr Jon Anderson (CPLAN), ‘stress-tested’ the BBC presenter Nicholas Crane for the forthcoming series of the popular television programme ‘Coast’. The episode aired on BBC 2 on Thurday 9th July, and can be viewed on iplayer here and on YouTube here.

Will Hutton was interviewed by Wales Online’s Business Editor Chris Kelsey regarding the themes he covered during his keynote address at the WISERD 2015 Annual Conference. Available here.  (03/07/15)

Ann Keane was interviewed by Made in Cardiff TV following her keynote address at the WISERD 2015 Annual Conference. Available here. (01/07/15)

June 2015

Nursery World give coverage to the the Foundation Phase report. Available here. (01/06/15)

May 2015

Welsh Government have published the final report of a three-year independent evaluation of the Foundation Phase, undertaken by researchers from the Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research, Data and Methods (WISERD); led by Professor Chris Taylor. Professor Taylor said “We find compelling evidence to suggest that the Foundation Phase can benefit young children in Wales in a wide range of ways, including their involvement in learning and their levels of achievement in literacy and numeracy. However, the Foundation Phase is still developing and evolving, and there remains a great deal more that everyone involved in early years education can do.". Covered by WalesOnline and ITV News (14/05/15)

WISERD Co-Director Professor David Blackaby has spoken to BBC Wales ahead of the election regarding how the £8.9bn benefits budget is spent in Wales. Available here. (04/05/15)

April 2015

Professor Gareth Rees, Co-Director of WISERD, was interviewed by BBC Wales' Education Correspondent Arwyn Jones this week regarding student financing in Wales in light of the upcoming General Election. The interview featured on BBC Wales Today and Newyddion BBC on Tuesday 21st April. 

March 2015

Dr Sioned Pearce was interviewed by the BBC’s Steffan Messenger regarding Young People and Politics. This appeared on BBC News Online, BBC Cymru Fyw, BBC Radio Wales Good Morning Wales (23:22 onwards), BBC Radio Cymru Post Cyntaf (11:57 onwards) BBC Wales Today (15:54 onwards), and Newyddion 9 (19:49 onwards)

The Furlong report on future of teacher education in Wales stressed the importance of the work WISERD and WISERD Education undertakes. The full report can be read here. (10/03/2015)

Dr Martin O'Neill was interviewed by Jason Mohammad about child benefit reforms. (BBC Radio Wales, 05/03/2015 - starting at 02:13:30)

February 2015

Research conducted by WISERD has formed a key element of the Welsh Government commissioned "Successful Futures" report, written by Professor Graham Donaldson, which proposes a radical overhaul of the national curriculum in Wales (Story was covered in Western Mail/Wales Online, and by BBC Wales 25/02/15)

Professor Chris Taylor was interviewed on the Good Morning Wales programme (BBC Radio Wales) on 16/02/15. He was asked to provide comment regarding a HEFCW warning that universities in Wales could fall behind those in the rest of the UK unless the way students are funded changes.

Made in Cardiff TV covered two WISERD events:

#1 – The John Hills book launch (which went out live on 10/02/15)

#2 – An interview with Ian Rees Jones regarding the launch of the Civil Society Research Centre (which went out live on 19/02/15) 

Professor Sally Power was interviewed on BBC Radio Wales’ Good Morning Wales programme regarding the launch of the Civil Society Research Centre, and specifically Theme 4. (Thursday 5th Feb 2015)

Professor Ian Rees Jones was interviewed on BBC Radio Cymru’s Post Cyntaf programme regarding the launch of the Civil Society Research Centre. (Thursday 5th Feb 2015)

Professor David Blackaby was interviewed by Lucy Owen for X-Ray. She spoke to him regarding the recent inflation/deflation of food prices and the reasons for this and effect this has on consumers. (Monday 2nd Feb 2015)

January 2015

First Minister Carwyn Jones comments on the Evaluating the Foundation Phase secondreport for Welsh Government – following questions from Welsh Lib Dem Leader Kirsty Williams (Tuesday 20th Jan 2015).

Preliminary results from the Evaluating the Foundation Phase second report for Welsh Government received coverage in Wales Online, ITV News, and BBC News

October 2014

Dr Mirain Rhys discusses how home language has minimal effect on achievement, as the majority of children attending Welsh medium education reach expected levels in core subjects.  Coverage on BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio Wales, S4C and BBC Wales News (Thursday 23rd October).

September 2014

Research led by Professor Sally Power asked 1,143 youngsters aged between 10 and 15 whether they would keep or give away a £1M if it was given to them, to which over a quarter responded saying they would give it all away, while another quarter said they would give at least some of it away to friends and family. Coverage in The Daily Mail, The Guardian, Western Mail.  (Wednesday 24th September).

June 2014

Professor Chris Taylor and Dr Mirain Rhys discuss changes in education as part of Measuring Devolution on BBC Wales Today and BBC Wales News online and BBC Wales news. (Thursday 12th June 2014).

Professor Chris Taylor discusses changes in education as part of Measuring Devolution on BBC Radio Wales - Good Evening Wales.  (Thursday 12th June 2014).

Dr Robin Mann discusses patterns of migration to Wales on BBC Radio Cymru.  (Friday 6th June 2014).

May 2014

Professor David Blackaby comments on house prices in Wales on WalesOnline. (Thursday 22nd May 2014)

Professor Gareth Rees is quoted in Time Higher Education regarding the Public Policy Institute Wales.  (Thursday 15th May 2014).

Dr Martin O'Neill discussed language skills of care workers in elderly care homes on BBC Radio Wales Good Morning Wales. (Wednesday 7th May 2014)

Minister for Education & Skills comments on Evaluating the Foundation Phase first reports for Welsh Government - coverage from the following BBC Wales Online, BBC Wales Online, BBC Wales Today, BBC Radio Wales Good Evening Wales, ITV WalesWestern Mail, South Wales Argus and Nursery World.  (Tuesday 6th May 2014)

March 2014

Professor Sally Power talks about her new comparative study which finds that British students from top universities seek worldwide opportunities, whereas their French counterparts wish to 'serve' France. (BBC Radio 4, Thinking Allowed, 05.03.14)

Inaugural Director, Professor Huw Beynon featured on the BBC's The Miners' Strike - A Personal Memoir by Kim Howells programme at 10.25pm on BBC ONE Wales on Sunday March 9th.

December 2013

Professor Sally Power's research on the Assisted Places Scheme featured in The Times on Saturday 14th December.

October 2013

Professor Chris Taylor's research, published in Contemporary Wales, features in Times Higher Education on Friday 18th October 2013.

Further coverage of Professor Chris Taylor's analysis from Millennium Cohort Study in Western Mail on Friday 18th October 2013.

Professor Sally Power took part in BBC Radio Wales' Sunday Supplement programme with Vaughan Roderick on Sunday 6th October.

National coverage of Professor Sally Power's research for the Sutton Trust uncovering the benefits for those from less advantaged homes attending independent schools (through the Assisted Places scheme): The Independent, The Telegraph, i, The Times, The Daily Mail, Huffington Post, Times Educational Supplement (Friday 4th October 2013).

September 2013

Coverage in Western Mail, South Wales Echo, BBC Wales Online,, The Daily Telegraph, The Independent, The Guardian, The Press Association, ITV Wales, Real Radio, Capital FM and BBC Radio Wales on Professor Chris Taylor's research revealing that children in Wales are behind their counterparts in England in standards of literacy (Wednesday 4th September 2013).  And BBC Radio 5 Live (Thursday 5th September 2013).

Professor David Blackaby discusses the 1,400 jobs created from aerospace company Testia UK in Newport on BBC Wales Today on Tuesday 3rd September 2013.  Professor Blackaby also features in the BBC News Wales online news item on the same story.

August 2013

Coverage in Western Mail and South Wales Echo on research from Professor Chris Taylor and Professor Gareth Rees regarding widening access.  Listen to coverage on BBC Radio Wales (Jason Mohammad Show - 1:22).  (Thursday 1st August 2013).

Further coverage of The Foundation Phase evaluation in Western Mail (Thursday 1st August 2013).

Rhys Davies gives further comment on 2012 Skills and Employment Survey in Western Mail (Thursday 1st August 2013).

July 2013

Front page news! Lead story in the Western Mail on the annual report to Welsh Government as part of the Evaluation of the Foundation Phase (Monday 29th July).

Professor Alan Felstead and Rhys Davies were featured in the Western Mail, BBC News, Society Now magazine and ESRC  website following the launch of their research on the 2012 Skills and Employment Survey (on Monday 8th July 2013).  They found that workers in Wales are paid less than elsewhere in Britain and do lower skilled jobs, but they were the happiest and most committed.

June 2013

The WISERD Annual Conference received coverage from Newyddion BBC (Welsh BBC online news) on Wednesday 26th June 2013.

DrMartin O’Neill and Professor David Blackaby both appeared on the BBC’s The Wales Reporton Sunday 9th June 2013.  DrO’Neill discussed how EU Funding impacts the Valleys communityand Professor Blackaby commented on working hours in Wales.

Following a FOI, research from Professor Gareth Rees and Professor Chris Taylor featured in The Sunday Times and The Observer regarding an Inclusive Higher Education System.

March 2013

Professor Chris Taylor is interviewed for BBC Wales Today and BBC Radio’s Good Morning Wales on his research for the Welsh Government report: Relationships between the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma (WBQ) and Higher Education (HE) released on 25th March 2013.  The research received vast local coverage in the Western Mail, BBC Wales and ITV Wales

Professor Gareth Rees gave an interview with the Western Mail and Professor Chris Taylor was interviewed for BBC Wales Today following the Unequal Wales Seminar: Inequalities in Access to Higher Education on 13th March 2013.

February 2013

Professor Chris Taylor’s is interviewed by TES Cyrmu following his Assembly Briefing on the Millennium Cohort Study on 19th February 2013.  The research received coverage in the Western Mail.

June 2012

Dr Robin Mann is interviewed for the BBC about his research on Public Sentiments towards immigration in Wales on 12th June 2012

May 2012

Launch of Audio Walks resources in Grangetown is announced on Wales Online on 13th May 2012.

Professor Gareth Rees is interviewed for BBC Radio WalesEye on Wales programme about the Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification on 13th May 2012.

January 2012

Front page news! The report into graduate mobility that found Wales has lower retention rates with regards to the proportion of students studying and staying to find work in Wales is the lead story in the Western Mail and BBC Wales' Good Morning Wales on 5th January 2012.


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