Learned Society of Wales Dillwyn Medal


Dr Rhiannon Evans, Senior Lecturer at DECIPHer, has been awarded the Learned Society of Wales’ inaugural Dillwyn Medal for outstanding early career researchers in the Social Sciences, education and business. The presentation of the medal was made at a ceremony at the Royal College of Music and Drama, Cardiff on Wednesday 17 May 2017, attended by Fellows of the Society.

The Dillwyn Medals, celebrate the contribution of early career researchers working in, or with a connection to Wales. These awards meet the Society’s strategic objective of publically celebrating Welsh scholarship in the sciences, arts and humanities.

The three annual awards are unique in recognising outstanding contributions that cover a wide disciplinary range of scholarship, including:

  1. Sciences, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine
  2. Humanities and Creative Arts, and
  3. Social sciences, education and business

Recipients are awarded a specially struck commemorative medal and will receive the award in person at a Society event. As part of the award recipients also give a public lecture on their research area of interest.

Rhiannon leads a research programme of work at the Centre for the Development and Evaluation of Complex Interventions for Public Health Improvement (DECIPHer), part of the University’s School of Social Sciences, on the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people, including self-harm and suicide prevention. She is an Associate Senior Lecturer at the Children’s Social Care Research and Development Centre (CASCADE).

Her work at DECIPHer encompasses a range of projects including:

‘Self-harm and Suicide in Children and Young People Research Collaboration’
GW4 2016 (Principle Investigator)

‘Well-being and Health in Schools Project (WHISP): Phase 1’
Wellcome Trust ISSF Public Health Collaboration Fund 2016-2017 (Co-investigator)

‘A cluster randomised controlled trial of an intervention to improve the mental health support and training available to secondary school teachers – the WISE (Wellbeing in Secondary Education) project’
NIHR 2015-2019 (Co-investigator)

‘Understanding the educational experiences and opinions, attainment, achievement and aspirations of looked after children in Wales’,
Welsh Government 2015 (Co-investigator)