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13 May 2011
Excellent graduate prospects, student satisfaction and exacting admission standards have set the School of Welsh at Cardiff ahead of its counterparts in the UK in a national survey.
Welsh at Cardiff has been ranked the best for Celtic Studies in the UK for the second year running in The Complete University Guide.
The Guide compares all universities in the UK based on student satisfaction, research assessment, entry standards and graduate prospects, drawing on data including the National Student Survey to compile its table.
Professor Sioned Davies, Head of the School of Welsh said: "I am extremely pleased with our position at the top of the league table for the second year in succession – it reflects the hard work and dedication of staff in the School. What is particularly pleasing is the very high score for ‘entry standards’ – we have raised our entry requirements year on year and are now attracting the very best students in the country, offering them a challenging and exciting degree programme.
"The relevance of our provision is reflected in another high score for ‘graduate prospects’, showing that a degree in Welsh at Cardiff University meets the needs of the current workforce. As well as providing students with a range of specific as well as transferable skills, all our final year students undertake a period of work experience, giving them the edge in the job market; indeed, many of our students have secured permanent positions in the institutions they visited as undergraduates."
As well as core linguistic and literary modules, the undergraduate programme includes a wide range of options in areas such as language planning, professional translation, children's literature, Welsh for adults, creative writing, travel literature, mutlticulturalism, politics and propaganda, and the sociolinguistics of Irish. The aim of the School is to offer students a degree scheme which is not only of the highest academic quality but which is also relevant to the needs of modern-day Wales.
Many graduates have gone on to follow careers in education, the media, translation and public relations and others have pursued postgraduate study.
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