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School welcomes new lecturer

5 December 2022

The School of Welsh has welcomed new lecturer Llewelyn Hopwood to their academic community.

Llewelyn, who holds 3 degrees from Oxford University brings with him a wealth of academic and professional experience.

We had the chance to get to know Llywelyn a little better earlier this month:

Who are you, where are you from and what is your new role at the School of Welsh?

My name’s Llewelyn and I’m from Llangunnor, just outside of Carmarthen town. I’m a lecturer at the School of Welsh and will be primarily responsible for language and academic skills modules.

Tell us a bit more about what your role will involve

I’ll be responsible for a number of general modules this year; this semester I’m teaching the Language Skills and Advanced Academic Skills modules.

What is your academic and professional background?

I hold 3 degrees from Oxford University: the first is a BA in modern languages (Spanish and Celtic languages), the second is an MSt in medieval studies, and the third a doctorate (DPhil) in medieval Welsh and English (graduating in 2023).

I have taught several Welsh, Irish and English modules at Oxford. I was also a researcher on an archaeological project at the University of Liverpool and Arthurian literature project at the University of Valladolid, Spaen.

Outside higher education, I have also worked as a magazine editor, proof reader, translator and musician.

What are your main research interests?

My main research interests relate to British and Irish history and literature pre-1700, especially poetry, the history of the senses, and the history of books, manuscripts and music. I am also interested in Irish and Spanish literature and multilingualism for example, how languages relate to one another, in historically and in present day.

What are your hopes for your time in the role as lecturer?

As a lecturer, I hope to improve confidence, curiosity and academic skills in the students that I teach. As a pupil, I hope to nurture my teaching skills and expand my understanding of the Welsh language and Welsh studies.

Why did you decide to join the School of Welsh at Cardiff University?

Because the School excels in the fields of education, research, and the health and well-being of staff and students.

What are your interests outside of work?

I love all types of music as well as Carmarthen, Cardiff and Wales’ football teams.

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