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Eisteddfod – opportunities for staff

In Llanelli, 2-9 August 2014, the Eisteddfod offers University staff a unique opportunity to engage Welsh-speaking public audiences with the wealth of research undertaken at the University, and there are a variety of opportunities to get involved.

The University’s presence at the Eisteddfod is key to The Way Forward strategy of engaging with Wales, and we are keen to let the public know what we do in – and for – Wales.

Talks, performances, discussions

Discuss Cardiff is the University’s lecture space where academics can present their research in an intimate environment to the Eisteddfod audience. Sessions will usually last approximately an hour, and can include any of the following:
• Lectures
• Panel discussions
• ‘In conversation with’ events, interviewing cultural figures of interest
• Performances, poetry readings etc.
• Film screenings
Please note, sessions should take place through the medium of Welsh. Some funding is available to translate materials if need be.

Hands-on activities

Discover Cardiff is the University’s exhibition space where visitors can explore University research and expertise through hands-on activities. Sessions can last anything from hours to the full week, and can include:
• Hands-on demonstrations of University research
• Mini activities that could be run by our unistaff at various times during the festival
There will be funding to cover material generation and translation, amount to be decided on a case by case basis.

Large exhibits

In Explore Cardiff, the University would like to host 2-3 new large exhibits which enable visitors to interactively explore University research.
Funding of between £3,000 and £5,000 will be available to create these exhibits which must require very little explanation beyond the exhibit, excepting brief instructions on how to use it.

Other projects

The University would like to support staff to undertake other projects at the Eisteddfod site. For example, in 2013, the Centre for Community Journalism employed 4 journalism students on the Maes to create a hyper-local digital record of the events of the week and visitor’s experiences. No specified funding is available for this, but if you have an interesting project which falls outside the categories set out above, please get in touch with the Community Engagement Team via

Travel and subsistence support

The University will support staff to engage with new audiences at the Eisteddfod and will cover reasonable travel, accommodation and subsistence costs for the period staff will be at the Maes.


To discuss any ideas under the above categories, please get in touch with the Community Engagement Team at or by ringing x76936.


Please send all suggestions to the Community Engagement Team by 31st March 2014 –