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WISERD’s Civil Society Research Centre: Reflections on the official launch

On Thursday 5th February, 2015, WISERD celebrated the official launch of its flagship Civil Society Research Centre. WISERD’s Director Ian Rees Jones reflects upon a successful event. I spent a nervous few days prior to the WISERD Civil Society Research Centre launch. I wondered whether we would have an audience, hoped all the speakers would arrive safely, and fretted over…

Exposing the Welfare Myth of Them and Us

A new book by John Hills explores key issues in the current debate about ‘welfare’ and the welfare state. The debate contrasts a stagnant group of people benefiting from it all with the rest who pay in and get nothing back – ‘skivers’ against ‘strivers’. John explains how, because people’s lives and circumstances change, most…

WISERD Civil Society Research Centre Launch – In Pictures

On Thursday 5th February, 2015, WISERD’s flagship Civil Society Research Centre enjoyed its official launch. The event was attended by some of the world’s foremost academics, public and policy stakeholders, and civil society organisations. Speakers included: Ruth Marks (MBE), Chief Executive of the Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA); Rhodri Morgan, former First Minister for Wales;…

What role do the political parties think the voluntary sector should play in delivering welfare services? How have parties’ ideas changed over the post-war period? And, what impact has devolution had… ?

These are some of the questions that I set out to address in a study that is to be published this month. Despite an extensive academic literature extending back decades – perhaps surprisingly, there has been little work on elections and how the political parties envision the role of the third – or voluntary –…

Minister for Health and Social Services to give University seminar on ‘Prudent Healthcare’

Mark Drakeford AM, Minister for Health and Social Services, will visit Swansea University on Tuesday, April 15, to speak on the topic of “Prudent Healthcare: what can the NHS learn from social care?”. The Minister has been invited to give the first public lecture in a new seminar series, which has been jointly organised by Swansea…

New Research Project for the Sutton Trust

Tracking the progress of Assisted Place holders thirty years on Co-Director Professor Sally Power will lead on a new research project, awarded to WISERD by the Sutton Trust, which will look into the progress of Assisted Place holders. The research aims to explore the long-term impact of the Assisted Places Scheme on beneficiaries’ occupational and…

Seminar Series ‘Knowing Wales’ Starts 23rd November

WISERD and the Institute of Welsh Politics are jointly hosting a seminar series on the subject of ‘Knowing Wales’. Led by prominent figures from across the social scientists and delivered at Aberystwyth University over the next 12 months, sessions focus on the shifting social, economic and political landscape of Wales in the 21st century, with…