Cardiff WISERD Co-Director Professor Chris Taylor won a prestigious Welsh Social Research Association award from an all-WISERD shortlist last night.
Prof Taylor was awarded the Research Impact Award for leading a team evaluating the Welsh Government’s Foundation Phase, the school curriculum for 3-7 year olds.
As well as direct changes to education policy, @profchristaylor’s research on the Foundation Phase has had a direct impact on practitioners & policy makers working in early years education #WSRAwards #ResearchImpact— SRA Cymru (@SRACymru) December 7, 2017
Also nominated in that category were Dr Peter Mackie, who chairs WISERD’s Housing Research Network, and Dr Elin Royles, Dr Huw Lewis and Dr Catrin Wyn Edwards, who are part of WISERD’s Centre for Welsh Politics and Society at Aberystwyth University.
Responding to his award, Professor Taylor said: “I would like to acknowledge all the research champions outside of universities that really make the difference in giving our research impact. This includes government social researchers who work closely with their policy colleagues to ensure evidence informs policy decision, and school practitioners who engage with the latest evidence in order to develop effective teaching and learning.
“I would also like to give thanks to the organisations, including the media and think-tanks, who aid the public in engaging with and debating our research.”
Well, this is a genuine surprise! The @WISERDNews evaluation of the Foundation Phase wins the @SRACymru #WSRAwards for research impact. Really pleased for everyone involved - the research staff, policy-makers and all the Foundation Phase practitioners in Wales. Well done us. pic.twitter.com/CAoyROKqxq— Chris Taylor (@profchristaylor) December 7, 2017