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Law student wins scholarship for Patagonian adventure

26 July 2017

Law and Welsh student, Swyn Llyr who has been awarded a scholarship to visit Patagonia
Law and Welsh student, Swyn Llyr who has been awarded a scholarship to visit Patagonia

A second year Law student is getting ready for the trip of a life time after being awarded a scholarship to visit Patagonia.

Swyn Llyr, who studies Law and Welsh, will be entering her third year in September, but before that she will travel to Chubut in Argentina to support the work of Cynllun yr Iaith Gymraeg (Welsh Language Scheme) which is a partnership between Welsh Government, the British Council, Cardiff University, The Wales-Argentina Society and Menter Iaith Patagonia. Swyn will also undertake work experience in schools and language classes for adults as well as taking part in local events.

Swyn’s scholarship was awarded to her and four other students through an agreement with the School of Welsh and Banco Santander which awards the scholarships each year in order for undergraduate students to visit the Welsh settlement, Y Wladfa.

Swyn is understandably excited about the trip which will take place in August. She said, “The culture, society and ethnic backgrounds of others is of great interest to me, and to be able to compare various methods of learning and the education system in Patagonia with the Welsh education system will be fascinating and will undoubtedly enrich my cultural awareness.”

“Developing my knowledge of the cultural values will not only be extremely interesting, but it will also help me to understand the international current affairs. As a student studying Law and Welsh, I am fully aware of the importance of equality and individual rights and of respecting differences, I am therefore extremely keen to learn and experience the differences that exist between Wales and Patagonia.”

Law lecturer Katie Richards said of Swyn’s achievement, “The School was delighted to hear that Swyn had been awarded a scholarship to visit Argentina. We really encourage our students to take all the opportunities that come their way and this is one that I am sure Swyn will relish every minute of. University isn’t just about studying; it’s also about life experiences so we wish Swyn the best of luck on her travels and are already looking forward to hearing about her adventures on her return!”

After University Swyn hopes to complete the Legal Practice Course in Cardiff, before finding a training contract to become a qualified lawyer.

Good luck for your trip Swyn!

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