Gwobr Goffa yr Athro Gwyn Thomas will be awarded by the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol for the first time in 2017.

Professor Gwyn Thomas was a native from Tanygrisiau and educated at Ffestiniog County School, University of Wales, Bangor, and Jesus College, Oxford. He spent a long time as a lecturer at Bangor University and was also an Honorary Professor at the University.

He published nearly twenty volumes of poetry as well as a host of articles and scholarly works, including The Bardic tradition, known to generations of students. Gwyn Thomas was a member of the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales, and was responsible for stimulating debate within that body about the need for a Welsh Medium College.

Gwyn Thomas was honored as an Honorary Fellow of the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol in 2015.

The prize will be awarded to those, with the best essays, who graduated from an university in Wales in 2017 with Welsh as a discipline. Two essays may be submitted from each university.

Nominations are to be sent to closing date: Tuesday 5 December 2017.

The award is limited to students who are Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol members or who were members of the Coleg during the academic year 2016/17.

Gwobr Goffa Gwyn Thomas will be presented at the National Eisteddfod in August 2018.