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Hywel Thomas

Professor Hywel Thomas

Cardiff University is proud to be part of the Eisteddfod each year to celebrate the Wales' language and culture. This year the University has two sites for visitors, the Discuss tent with a vibrant programme of lectures, discussions and panel debates, and the Explore tent with a range of hands-on activities designed to highlight the broad range of contributions Cardiff University makes to Wales, the UK and the world.

Highlights from our programme of lectures in the Discuss tent include a discussion of multicultural Wales chaired by the Head of the School of Welsh, Professor Sioned Davies, a centenary celebration of R.S. Thomas, with Professor Damian Walford Davies and Dr Jason Walford Davies discussing some of his uncollected poems, Professor Richard Wyn Jones exploring accusations of fascism against Plaid Cymru, and our keynote address by Professor Hywel Thomas exploring exciting opportunities for renewable energy generation.

The phrase 'exciting opportunities' well applies to the University's relationship to the Welsh language. The School of Welsh is expanding, particularly in the way it engages with new technologies and policy generation for Wales; the Welsh for Adults Centre has rebranded and relaunched its courses for South Wales learners; with the support of Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol, more undergraduates can now study a wide range of disciplines through the medium of Welsh; and the School of Healthcare Studies have launched an app designed to support Occupational Therapists to communicate in Welsh with their patients.

The University has a unique and important place in Welsh life and we enjoy connecting and sharing this at the National Eisteddfod. We are very proud to be associated with one of Europe's largest and oldest cultural festivals.

Professor Hywel Thomas
Pro Vice-Chancellor, Engagement & International