Award for PhD research on Institutionalising Equalities

An Aberystwyth University Post-Doctoral Research Associate was one of this years’ recipients of the Audrey Jones Memorial Award. 

Dr Amy Sanders received this award for her PhD research, which was titled: Institutionalising Equalities? Exploring the Engagement of Equalities Organisations in the Welsh Third Sector-Government Partnership.

As an award winner, Dr Sanders was invited to give a paper at the annual Wales Assembly of Women Conference, which was called ‘Don’t Stay in Your Lane- Women’s Research Route to Gender Friendly Wales’. The conference took place on 17th September at Insole Court in Cardiff. Dr Sanders presented her paper ‘Exploring equalities strategies in policymaking in Wales and considering potential developments to further advance equalities for women and girls’.

The annual awards are organised by Wales Assembly of Women, for academic scholarship which seeks to generate important empirical material about girls’ and women’s experiences.

This is what they say about the award:

“The underpinning concept is to help women to disseminate their research findings and to have a platform for sharing important ideas which may shape and inform lobbying and campaigning decisions. Audrey was aware that far too many research findings remain in dissertations and theses where only a privileged few had access to them!”

Audrey Jones (1929 – 2014) was one of the founder members of the Wales Assembly of Women in 1984 and a past Chair and Secretary until 2014. On retiring from her Deputy Headteacher post at St Cyres Comprehensive School in Penarth, Audrey worked tirelessly for the cause of women’s rights, safety and equality in pay and opportunities. Her son, Robert Jones, presented Amy with her certificate.

Amy said “It just so happens that Audrey Jones was the deputy head at my school. She retired just as I entered the 6th form. This is why I’m particularly proud to be a recipient of her award over 30 years later. I faced some hurdles as a mature woman doing a PhD, so this kind of encouragement has meant a great deal to me personally”.

Other recipients of the award included Sara Cavill for her work on post-natal depression, Catherine Phillips for her research into gender norms in young people’s understanding of relationships, Robin Andrews for her examination of symptom monitoring for menopausal women and Anna Maria Sgueglia for her analysis of women in planning. 

Further information about the award can be found here:


Dr Amy Sanders