Swansea University research leaders selected for new health care group

Health and Care Research Wales has announced the appointment of a new group of Health and Care Research Wales Senior Research Leaders, including a number of staff from Swansea University’s Colleges of Human and Health Science and Swansea University Medical School.

Individuals from Swansea, Cardiff and Bangor universities were appointed following a competitive process and assessment by an independent panel of senior UK health and social care experts.

The 18 individuals recommended for appointment were judged to be among Wales’ leading researchers for the evidence they provided against the following selection criteria:

  • Quality and volume of internationally excellent research
  • Impact of their leadership in research
  • Track record in training and developing researchers
  • Impact of their research on improvements in health or social care and wealth generation
  • Relevance of research to patients, service users and the public
  • Demonstrable commitment to public involvement and public engagement
  • Evidence of personal contribution to Health and Care Research Wales

The Research Leaders will undertake a number of activities in their role, acting as ambassadors for Health and Care Research Wales and playing a leading role in raising the profile of health and social care research in Wales on a national and international level.

The group of Health and Care Research Wales Senior Research Leaders for 2016-2019 is as follows:

Vanessa Burholt - Swansea University

Peter Collins - Cardiff University

Adrian Edwards - Cardiff University

Rhiannon Edwards - Bangor University

Kerenza Hood - Cardiff University

Dyfrig Hughes- Bangor University

Peter Huxley - Bangor University

Ian Jones - Cardiff University

Keith Lloyd - Swansea University

Ronan Lyons - Swansea University

Richard Neal - Bangor University

Michael Owen - Cardiff University

Mark Rees - Swansea University

Jo Rycroft-Malone - Bangor University

Andrew Sewell - Cardiff University

Helen Snooks - Swansea University

John Williams - Swansea University

Bob Woods - Bangor University


The pilot phase of the scheme, launching soon, will focus on pairing Senior Research Leaders with Health and Care Research Wales funded students and fellows within a developmental mentoring relationship.