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Language ambassadors

11 February 2019

Five current students who are studying in the School of Welsh have been appointed as Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol Ambassadors.

The ambassador role is designed to promote the Welsh language in higher education and encourage greater numbers of students to consider choosing to study through the medium of Welsh at university.

This year, 25 ambassadors were selected from seven universities across Wales, with five of the six Cardiff University ambassadors studying in the School of Welsh.

They will represent the Coleg at a range of different events and activities during the forthcoming year, including school visits, UCAS fairs and national events such as the Eisteddfod.

The students agree that it is important to promote the opportunities available to study through the medium of Welsh and encourage prospective students to take advantage of them and enrich their academic experiences and prepare them for the Welsh working world.

Dafydd Orrit said: “Being an ambassador is important in order to spread the message that the Welsh language is alive in the world of higher education here in the capital city and that there is an opportunity to choose to study wholly or partially through Welsh. Personally, studying Welsh and Journalism is perfect for me and allows me to work bilingually and develop my language skills for the workplace.”

For Jacob Morris, studying through the medium of Welsh was imperative for him and he is looking forward to working with the Coleg to inform others about the opportunities available: “I'm a proud Welsh-speaker and my whole education since nursery has been through the medium of Welsh. As such, when considering higher education it was important that I could continue to present my work in my mother tongue. Additionally, I hope, in future, to follow a career in the media or politics. There is an increasing focus on being able to communicate to a high standard, and accurately, in Welsh. Studying my degree in Welsh is useful in developing these essential skills.”

Find out more about the ambassadors work.