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The School of Welsh’s Creative Minds Scholarships are worth £2,000 each and are available to prospective undergraduate students who have received an offer to study at the School in September 2018.

This is the fourth year in a row that the School has offered the scholarships. They reward applicants’ creativity and ask them to convey their personalities and their ideas in an original way.

The Creative Minds Scholarships were launched in 2015 to increase the amount of financial support that was available to the School’s students.

This year, four scholarships are on offer as the closing date nears. Entries should be received at the School of Welsh by 28 February 2018.

Dr Angharad Naylor, Admissions Tutor at the School of Welsh, said: We have received many entries or the scholarships already and look forward to receiving more before the closing date.

“In the past, the standard of entries has been excellent, making it particularly difficult to choose the winners. Each entry has been different and we have been delighted to read and appreciate them. We’ve received pieces of art, poems, presentations, articles, videos and songs. Anything is possible and if you’ve applied to study with us, make sure to get involved.”

There isn’t an application form to complete. Those wishing to enter should answer the following questions I as a creative a manner as possible: 1) Why do you want to study Welsh in Cardiff? 2) What makes you a special candidate? 3) Why should the School of Welsh admit you?

If you have an offer to study at the School of Welsh in September 2018, remember to apply for the Creative Minds Scholarships before 28 February 2018 (details on the website). Send your entry to the School’s office (School of Welsh, Cardiff University, Column Drive, Cardiff, CF10 3EU) or via email – derbyncymraeg@caerdydd.ac.uk.

Cardiff University’s School of Welsh, with funding provided by Banco Santander, is offering five scholarships worth £2,000 each to enable undergraduate students to travel to Patagonia for a month of work experience during the summer of 2018.

The scholarships are open to all undergraduate students who will continue as undergraduate students during the 2018/19 academic year.

The successful students will support the work of ‘Cynllun yr Iaith Gymraeg’ in Chubut, Patagonia. This scheme is a partnership between Welsh Government, the British Council, Cardiff University, The Wales-Argentina Society and Menter Iaith Patagonia. Mr Rhisiart Arwel, who works for the School of Welsh, is the scheme leader. The work experience is varied and includes activities such as support work in nurseries and primary schools as well as classes teaching Welsh to adults.

An information session will be held with Dr Jon Morris and last year’s scholarships recipients in Room 1.72 on Monday 29 January at 1.10pm.

To apply for a scholarship, complete the application form, which is available (in Welsh only) from Cadi Thomas (ThomasCR9@cardiff.ac.uk) and return it via email to the School office by 5 February 2018. Contact your personal tutor as soon as possible to act as your referee.

For fuarther Information, and any questions, please contact Dr Jon Morris (MorrisJ17@cardiff.ac.uk).

The School of English, Communication and Philosophy and the School of Welsh are pleased to announce a new ESRC studentship for a PhD project on Welsh sociolinguistics.

The project will be supervised by Dr Mercedes Durham, Centre for Language and Communication, and Dr Jonathan Morris, School of Welsh, in collaboration with Welsh Government.

The title of the project is: The acquisition of sociolinguistic competence in a Welsh immersion context. Looking at the spoken forms of Welsh to which pupils in Welsh-medium are exposed inside and outside of the classroom, the project will answer the following research questions:

  • To what extent is there variation in pupils’ linguistic registers?
  • To what extent do other social factors (home language, use of Welsh in community, use of Welsh outside school) affect sociolinguistic competence?

Studentship Awards commence in October 2018 and will cover tuition fees as well as a maintenance grant (currently £14,553 p.a. for 2017/18 for full-time students). The award is available on either a 1+3 or +3 basis. A 1+3 studentship provides funding for four years (or part-time equivalent). The successful candidate will complete a research training Masters followed by three years research funding for a PhD. A +3 studentship provides funding for the three years’ PhD research study only (or part-time equivalent).

Candidates should have an excellent academic background in the social sciences, holding a first or strong upper second class degree; applications from those also holding a relevant research training Masters degree (or an equivalent background in research training) will be considered for a +3 award. Please note that the ability to undertake research in Welsh is essential for this post.

For further information and before submitting a formal application, please contact one of the supervisors for the project:

The deadline for completed applications is 1 February 2018 (16:00).

Cardiff University’s School of Welsh welcomed back several recent and successful graduates to a careers evening for current students on Tuesday 21 November 2017.

This is the second year the School has held such an event, which is an opportunity for students to hear about the careers of graduates and the variety of jobs and experiences they have had since leaving the University.

This year, five graduates returned to discuss their careers and to share insights into their professional adventures in the Welsh workplace while emphasising how the skills they developed during their studies at the School had been essential to their work. The speakers represented a range of different sectors and professional fields including translation, marketing and communications, television production and language policy. The School was pleased to welcome back:

  • Steffan Bryn (BA Welsh and Politics 2016) – Office of the Welsh Language Commissioner
  • Ellen Carter (BA Welsh 2016 and MA Welsh and Celtic Studies 2018) – National Museum of Wales
  • Bethan Huws (BA Welsh 2012 and MPhil 2016) – Boom Cymru
  • Cadi Thomas (BA Welsh and History 2013 and MA Welsh and Celtic Studies 2015) – Cardiff University
  • Sara Vaughan (BA Welsh 2014) – Cardiff University

Dr Lisa Sheppard, Employability Officer at the School of Welsh, said: “We have an excellent reputation as a School for thoroughly preparing students for the contemporary welsh workplace. Developing our students’ employability skills is very important to us. We are committed to helping each and every student achieve their professional ambitions and contribute to the development of language, culture and the economy. Recently, we have expanded our provision to offer more opportunities for students to undertake work experience. This is an opportunity to gain practical experience of the working world and develop a firm understanding of employer expectations. It is also an opportunity for students and employers alike to witness how essential employees with excellent Welsh language skills are to the workforce of a modern Wales.

Dr Sheppard added: “In the most recent survey of graduate destination, 100% of our graduates were in employment or further study six months after graduation. We are very proud of the results but we are not complacent and we will continue to develop our academic provision and the practical opportunities available to prepare students for life outside of the University.”

Single and Joint Honours courses at the School of Welsh help prepare students for a range of different professional careers in modern Wales, and beyond. The School has two new programmes for Entry 2018 – BA Welsh and the Professional Workplace and BSc Business Management with Welsh. This new provision means that the School is continuing to enrich the student experience and provide the best possible opportunities for them while at university, preparing them for a bright future.

Find out more about our provision.

This video is available in Welsh only.

Lecturers from Cardiff University’s School of Welsh have spent time during the past month travelling all across Wales holding Masterclasses for sixth form students.

This is the second year that the School has run the Masterclasses. The intention behind the classes is to support and assist year 12 and 13 pupils who are studying Welsh with language and literature workshops based on current curriculum content.

Sessions were held during November under the direction of Dr Angharad Naylor, Admissions Tutor at the School of Welsh.

The first event was held in Ysgol Bro Teifi on 8 November. Dr Naylor and Dr Llion Pryderi Roberts discussed grammar and interpreting poetry with a cohort of pupils from schools across the catchment area. Dr Siwan Rosser held a workshop for year 13 pupils on analysing an unfamiliar text while Dr Naylor discussed Dafydd ap Gwilym with the same pupils.

Ysgol David Hughes was the setting for the second event on 10 November with pupils from local schools. Dr Iwan Wyn Rees led a grammar workshop while the poet Karen Owen ran an amusing workshop on poetry. Year 13 pupils were given workshops on analysing a text with Dr Lisa Sheppard while Professor Sioned Davies gave a workshop on the fairytale of Branwen.

Dr Naylor said: “It is very important that we take advantage of opportunities to support pupils who are studying Welsh. The Masterclasses offer an excellent opportunity for pupils from a range of different schools to come together to study, and listen to useful ideas and advice that will benefit them during their A-level studies. The workshops also give staff the opportunity to share their expertise and recent research in a number of fields while promoting Welsh as a discipline in the hope that some of the pupils will look to continue studying Welsh in the future.

“There are many exciting opportunities for students who choose to follow a degree in Welsh and there is increasing demand for graduates with Welsh language skills. By choosing to study Welsh at University students will have the opportunity to follow a varied and exciting programme that combines many different fields and themes such as language planning, translation, identity, culture and literature.”

During November Dr Naylor also visited Ysgol Gyfun Ystalyfera-Bro Dur and Ysgol Gyfun Bryntawe and is looking forward to meeting more pupils in the New Year.

Dr Naylor added: “All of the staff enjoy going on tour. It has been wonderful to work with the pupils, witness their enthusiasm in the classroom and support them in their studies.”

The tour continues in the coming weeks with lecturers set to hold Masterclasses at Ysgol y Strade (19 December) and Ysgol Plasmawr (20 December).

For more information, contact Cadi Thomas.

Cardiff University’s School of Welsh was the setting for the launch of a new set of resources on the dialects of Wales and the Welsh Settlement in Patagonia, designed to support educators, actors and scriptwriters, on 30 November 2017.

The resources were created by Dr Iwan Wyn Rees, a lecturer at the School of Welsh and an expert in the field of dialectology, supported by the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol.

There are two resources – one on the dialects of the Welsh Settlement in Patagonia (y Wladfa) and the other to support scriptwriters and actors in their work. Both are now available through the Coleg Cymraeg resource library.

The purpose of the Welsh Settlement resource was to present, for the first time, the contemporary varieties of the Welsh dialects in Patagonia. It offers the opportunity to listen to oral Welsh from a range of different speakers and these sound clips are accompanied by detailed notes highlighting features of the various dialects.

This is primarily an educational resource with the aim of increasing educators’ awareness of indigenous forms of dialects native to the area and heard within certain Welsh-language speakers in the Welsh Settlement.

Dr Rees said: “There is an ongoing debate that any kind of Welsh is better than no Welsh at all and while I don’t disagree I believe that encouraging speakers to feel pride and confidence in their dialects is an excellent way of reviving the Welsh language generally. The Welsh Settlement’s dialects have developed uniquely since 1865 and why should Patagonian learners been required to learn a variety of Welsh that belongs to Wales?”

“My hope is that this new resource will persuade educators not to ignore the Welsh Settlement’s traditional dialects and help to halt the loss of some words and phrases that are unique to this part of the world.”

Supporting scriptwriters and actors

During the launch event, the second resource – for scriptwriters and actors – was presented with the support of the performers Caryl Parry Jones and Rhian Morgan. The two respected performers brought several different characters to life during the evening to show the variety of dialects from across Wales. They were also a tremendous support to Dr Rees as he went about creating the resource.

He said: “The aim of this resource is to help actors and scriptwriters familiarise themselves with different dialects and facilitate practical use during their everyday work. There are sound and video clips representing dialects from all around Wales, and from different eras.”

The resource has already been used by the National Theatre of Wales for its performance of Nansi during the 2015 National Eisteddfod in Montgomeryshire and the Marches. Dr Rees explained: “I was already working on putting the resource together when the National Theatre approached me to ask if I could provide guidelines on the native dialect of Montgomeryshire. Nansi was a very successful production by Professor Angharad Price which went on tour around Wales after the Eisteddfod. It was wonderful to see the sound clips from the resource used by the experienced actors for a very practical purpose. They were very successful in bringing the dialects of Dyffryn Banw and Dyffryn Tanat to life.”

Since then, Dr Rees has completed work on the resource which is now being used more widely by students and performing companies.

He concluded: “I’m very proud that both resources are being used for practical purposes and are helping to promote and protect the dialects of Wales and the Welsh Settlement.”

Explore the resources (Welsh Settlement resource / Resource for Scriptwriters and Actors) on the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol website. These are available in Welsh only.

Professor Colin Williams, from Cardiff University’s School of Welsh, received an honorary degree from the University of Wales in a ceremony at Cardiff’s Temple of Peace on 8 November 2017.

The event was held to celebrate the contribution that the University of Wales has made to the Welsh Higher Education sector, and the country, for over a century.

During the convocation, six honorary degrees were presented in recognition of individual achievement in areas such as the arts, literature, science, commerce and industry, professional life and service to the public or to the University. Professor William’s fellow recipients were Mr Alun Thomas, Dame Claire Clancy DCB, Mr Daniel Huws, Professor Dianne Edwards CBE FRS, and Mr Llŷr Williams.

Professor Williams is recognised internationally for his expertise in language planning and policy and in the geography of language. In addition to publishing a significant number of academic works, Professor Williams has served as an advisor to government agencies across Europe and North America.

He was a Research Professor in the School of Welsh for many years and Director of the Language, Policy and Planning Research Unit. Currently, Professor Williams is an Honorary Distinguished Professor in the School and a Visiting Professor in St Edmund’s College, Cambridge University.

The School would like to warmly congratulate Professor Williams on receiving this highly deserved honour.

Cardiff University’s School of Welsh is pleased to be able to offer a new scholarship for its Master’s programme.

This is a new scholarship which will fund the full fees for a full-time (12 months), Home student, studying during the 2018-19 academic session.

The School’s MA in Welsh and Celtic Studies is a broad-based programme that is tailored to the interests of potential students and the research specialisms of current staff.

It provides an opportunity to study a variety of topics concerned with Welsh and Celtic Studies including Language Policy and Planning, Dialects, Sociolinguistics, Children’s Literature, Sexuality and Identity, Creative and Critical Writing, Welsh Literature through the ages and Translation Methodology and Theory.

Dr Siwan Rosser, the MA programme coordinator, said:

In addition to their satisfaction with the teaching and social experience at the School, students receive significant employability support to help them achieve their professional ambitions and contribute to the development of Welsh language and culture in contemporary Wales after graduating. The MA programme includes an element of work experience which is an opportunity for students to connect their research interests with the demands of the professional workplace.

Students are also encouraged to undertake progressive research that expands understanding of Welsh language and culture. This approach drew specific praise from the programme’s External Examiner who said that the research completed by the School’s MA students had the potential to make a ‘meaningful contribution’ to a range of fields such as language policy and literary criticism. They said that “without a doubt” the MA programme in Cardiff “was aiming for the highest standards in the discipline and achieving it”, adding that “it wouldn’t be an exaggeration to refer to the School of Welsh as an intellectual and cultural powerhouse important to life in Wales”.

The scholarship, open to full-time Home students only, closes 1 March 2018. For further information and detail please contact Dr Siwan Rosser - rossersm@caerdydd.ac.uk / +44 (0)29 2087 6287.

Complete the scholarship application form online.

Cardiff University students will explore the role of Welsh in the modern workplace, in a digital economy, and in the promotion of language policy following the launch of a new degree designed to prepare graduates for an evolving Welsh labour market.

The University’s BSc Business Management with Welsh aims to meet the growing demand for high quality business graduates with a professional command of the Welsh language following the Government’s target of achieving a million Welsh speakers by 2050, and the forthcoming introduction of new Welsh Language Standards.

Professor Martin Kitchener, Dean of Cardiff Business School, said: “Cardiff is the political, business and media capital of Wales, and we want the programme to take full advantage of the close links that both Schools have with these sectors.”

The innovative degree is available as a three-year Bachelor of Science (BSc), with the option to study abroad or participate in a professional placement as part of an extended four-year programme.

Professor Kitchener added: “The opportunity to gain work experience or study abroad is central to our public value teaching and learning provision...”

The BSc brings together expertise from the University’s Cardiff Business School and the School of Welsh to deliver a course in collaboration for the very first time.

Dr Dylan Foster Evans, Head of Cardiff University’s School of Welsh, said: “This collaboration with our colleagues in Cardiff Business School is a response to the changing landscape of the modern Welsh workplace.

“It is about delivering a quality business education while developing and increasing Welsh language skills and proficiency...”

The modules offered by Cardiff Business School will give students an appreciation of the different functional areas involved in business organisations. Complementing these will be a variety of modules that will engage students with the study of the Welsh language in fields such as the heritage industry, technology, translation, and language policy and planning.

Prospective applicants do not need to have studied Welsh at A-level, but would be expected either to have studied their A-levels through the medium of Welsh, or have Welsh of an equivalent standard.

The programme will begin in September 2018. For more information about the degree, and how to apply, visit the Cardiff University website.

A panel of public and private sector managers and leaders are in agreement that the opportunities available to graduates with a degree in Welsh are increasing the professional workplace.

Cardiff University’s School of Welsh launched a new single honours programme with an invited panel of representatives from various fields and in front of an audience of staff and students on 15 November 2017.

The new degree, BA Welsh and the Professional Workplace, combines first-class academic provision with practical and professional experience. The ambition of this exciting, contemporary and varied degree is to prepare graduates for a range of potential careers where there is a demand for advanced language skills and the ability to work professionally and creatively through the medium of Welsh.

The panel included Janet Davies, Founder and Managing Director of the translation company Prysg, Eryl Jones, Founder and Managing Director of public relations agency Equinox, Dr Eleri James, Senior Infrastructure and Research Officer with the Office of the Welsh Language Commissioner, and Manon Humphreys, Welsh Coordinator with the National Museum Wales.

The informal discussion, on creating the professional Wales and the role graduates can play, was led by Dr Angharad Naylor, Admissions Tutor at the School of Welsh.

Dr Naylor said: “We are very proud to be able to offer this new programme for Entry 2018 and are very grateful to the panel for their support at the launch.

“It was an interesting, amusing and inspirational discussion with incredibly valuable personal and professional contributions. It was particularly pleasing to hear the panel members discuss their experiences of working through the medium of Welsh and employing graduates with a degree in Welsh. It became evident that robust language and communications skills are very important to the workplace, and that a degree in Welsh can open many doors to a variety of professional opportunities and potential career paths.”

The discussion was wide-ranging and it was noted that this is a particularly exciting time for graduates with a degree in Welsh due to the increase in demand for a Welsh-speaking workforce.

Eryl Jones spoke about the difficulties he has encountered in recruiting graduates who can use Welsh confidently and creatively. He believes that a degree in Welsh can be a strong foundation in the communications and marketing industry. Eleri James was in agreement that it is a broad-based degree which offers the essential academic tuition for students to develop and refine both their written skills and understanding of different types of content which are highly valuable skills in the workplace.

Manon Humphreys suggested that the environment and expectations of the contemporary workplace were rapidly changing and there were distinct opportunities for graduates with a degree in Welsh to combine their academic skills with their interests in order to enrich the workplace where there is a demand for Welsh.

It is a period of great change for the Welsh language and the discussion emphasised the contribution future graduates can make and the important role they can play in developing the Welsh-language workforce. Janet Davies agreed that workplaces face many changes, particularly with the introduction of the new Welsh language standards, which means that Welsh skills and experience of applying and employing those skills would be valuable to workplaces across Wales.

The School of Welsh’s academic programmes offer students valuable opportunities to develop their academic and practical skills in the fields of linguistics, literature and Welsh culture.

Dr Dylan Foster Evans, Head of the School of Welsh, commented: “I would like to thank the panel for joining us and for their astute and inspirational contributions about the role graduates with a degree in Welsh can play in many different sectors across Wales.

“As a School, we are keen to support and promote out students employability skills and professional experience and are very proud that 100% of 2016’s graduates were in employment or further study six months after graduating. We look forward to welcoming a new cohort of students to the School next year.”

Read more about the BA Welsh and the Professional Workplace, which is open for applications for Entry 2018.

Watch a video from the launch.