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Luciana Cordo Russo is from Buenos Aires in Argentina, and even though she has no connection with Wales, she has come to Wales to study at the School of Welsh, thanks to financial support from Banco Santander.
Luciana is visiting the School of Welsh in order to improve her Welsh and to research for her PhD on medieval Welsh literature.
After graduating she embarked on a PhD degree at the University of Buenos Aires. Her research looks at the adaptation and translation of medieval French literature into Welsh.
Luciana says “I quickly realised that I had to come to Cardiff to improve my Welsh and work with experts that could offer me advice and guidance.”
Her visit has been funded under the University’s partnership with Santander UK, which improves links between British Universities and Hispanic-speaking countries. Her visit has enabled her to follow an Advanced Welsh course at the School’s Welsh for Adults Centre and to take some of the School’s undergraduate modules such as ‘Women in Medieval Wales’.
Luciana enjoys being able to work closely with academics within the School who specialise in the Middle Ages – Professor Sioned Davies, Dr Dylan Foster Evans and Dr Juliette Wood. Luciana says “the standard of the teaching and the research is extremely high. I’m very grateful”. Luciana will be returning to Argentina at the end of January but before she leaves she will have the opportunity to share and discuss her ideas by delivering a research seminar at the School.