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Monday 21 August 2017
Monday 21 August 2017
Rhodri Siôn from Aberystwyth University has received the first award in memory of the Professor Gwyn Thomas who died last year.

A student from Aberystwyth University has received the first award in memory of the Professor Gwyn Thomas who died last year. 

The award has been given in agreement with his family from the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol for the best dissertation presented in Welsh. The title of the wininng essay was Beowlff and Grendel: Translation and commentary.

Professor Gwyn Thomas was inaugurated as an honorary fellow from the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol in 2015 for his invaluable contribution to Welsh literature and for his vision of establishing the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol. A native of Tanygrisiau, Professor Gwyn Thomas was educated at Ffestiniog County School, University of Wales, Bangor and Jesus College, Oxford. He worked as a lecturer and was an honorary fellow at Bangor University. 

The winning student Rhodri Siôn, received high commendation from Professor Dafydd Johnston, the External Examiner.  

He said “ this work is highly ambitious which has been successfully presented. There are mature arguments in the commentary which show great understanding and considerable mastery of the language and its resources. Rhodri has succeeded to justify his translation and his interpretation in an intelligent and knowledgable manner.”

The prize was presented on the Coleg’s stall at the National Eisteddfod Genedlaethol in Ynys Môn on the Tuesday 08 August 2017.