The Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol plans and supports the provision of Welsh medium higher education on a strategic basis across Welsh universities. By cooperating with the universities, the Coleg enables them to secure and develop more opportunities for students studying through the medium of Welsh. In particular, the Coleg sponsos Welsh medium lecturing posts, supports projects to create new resources, and offers scholarships to undergraduate and postgraduate students.
The Coleg was established as a company limited by guarantee and a registered charity on 31 March 2011. The constitutional basis of the Coleg is the Memorandum and Articles of Association that have been agreed and signed by all Higher Education Institutions in Wales. The Memorandum and Articles, or the Constitution, forms the basis for the Coleg’s embodiment and sets the rights, expectations and responsibilities of the Coleg as well as the rules regarding Membership. All universities in Wales are members, along with 10 other stakeholder members and an independent Chairman. These 21 members form the Coleg’s Llys, which meets for the AGM.
The Coleg Board of Directors is responsible for directing the strategy of the Coleg and consists of 13 members including the Chairman. Six directors have been nominated by Welsh higher education institutions as a group. There are four independent directors, one director representing Welsh medium teaching staff and one student representative.