For the fifth consecutive year, Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol funding has enabled more lecturers to teach in various fields at universities across Wales.
As a result, Welsh medium provision will be available in subjects such as Pharmacy, Surveying, and Speech and Language Therapy.
Wyn Davies from Neath, who is also a leading member of Only Men Aloud, will be one of those teaching Pharmacy through the medium of Welsh at Cardiff University.
Wyn is looking forward to returning to the University where he himself studied, and where he hopes to guide and educate the pharmacists of the future.
‘‘Welsh medium provision and service within pharmacy has been close to my heart since I graduated. Returning to Cardiff University to lecture under the auspices of the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol will provide me with an opportunity to ensure that Welsh medium provision is an integral part of the health system.’’
Laura Doyle and Elen Jones will also be responsible for expanding the brand new Welsh language provision in Pharmacy.
Rhonwen Lewis from Blaenau Ffestiniog, who has been appointed as a lecturer in Speech and Language Therapy at Cardiff Metropolitan University is eager to start teaching and researching:
‘‘Within my field, the need to develop graduates who have the skills and confidence to work through the medium of Welsh is vital in order to provide rightful service to those individuals who are facing speech, language and/or communication difficulties across Wales.’’
Owain Llywelyn from Cardiff has been appointed to teach Surveying and Land and Property Studies. He spent over 30 years as director of many companies in the private sector before embarking on a career in higher education.
Owain will be responsible for developing Welsh medium provision within building and surveying, and also for the recruitment of applicants for higher education courses at the University of South Wales.
The other posts which have been awarded are in Economics, Zoology, Engineering, Biomedicine, Bioveterinary Science, Healthcare Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Art and Design and Business.
Two posts will also be based at Further Education Colleges including Agriculture at Coleg Sir Gâr and Health and Social Care at Coleg Meirion Dwyfor, Llandrillo Menai.
Dr Ioan Matthews, Chief Executive of the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol said:
‘‘We were glad to be able to support these appointments and look forward to seeing more students studying subjects through Welsh as a result of the Coleg’s investment. At the Coleg, we’re extremely pleased to see new subjects being developed through Welsh therefore these developments are to be welcomed. I would like to wish them all well as they create provision for students over the years to come.’’
Picture: Wyn Davies, Pharmacy, Cardiff University
Pictures of those who have been appointed under the auspices of the Coleg Cymraeg this year can be found here