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First summer ball proves a success

6 June 2018

Cardiff University’s School of Welsh held its first summer ball on 4 May 2018.

The event, subsidised by a pot of money made available by the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, was an opportunity for the School’s community of staff and students to come together and celebrate.

Held at the Old Library, the ball was well-attended across the student year groups, from first year students through to the School’s PhD cohort.

Drinks on arrival were followed by food before the evening’s guest speaker took to the stage. The School was pleased to welcome Ian Gwyn Hughes, Head of Public Affairs at the Football Association of Wales, who addressed the guests about the importance of taking pride in the Welsh language and its value to their future careers and lives.

His speech was met with a rousing reception and proved a highlight for many of the students. With the speeches over, including a presentation of flowers to Dr Angharad Naylor and Cadi Thomas (Student Support Officer) by the Staff/Student panel members for championing and organising the ball, it was time to hit the dancefloor. Tunes were spun by DJ Dilys (Dylan Elidyr Jenkins) and the dancefloor was full until late into the night.

The School of Welsh hopes that the summer ball will become part of its annual cycle of social and cultural events which help reinforce the sense of community across year groups and enhance the relationships between staff and students. For this ball, the School’s extended community – its alumni – was also represented with CameraSioned (Sioned Birchall) on hand to taking the official photos of the night. Take a look at some of the snaps of what was a night to remember!

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