Nine students have received funding from the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol which will enable them to follow a doctorate degree through the medium of Welsh over the next few years.
Aneirin Karadog, who is well known for his work as a television presenter and poet will study for a doctorate degree in Welsh with Academi Hywel Teifi at Swansea University.
His research will primarily enquire ‘What is the relationship between a poet and his audience, and does this relationship have a good or bad influence on the poet’s voice?’
The main focus of his work will be on Welsh language poets in Wales, but he will also be studying Anglo-American poetry as well as work from Celtic countries. He also intends to evaluate the role that women play within Welsh poetry.
Kyle Jones from Llandyfrïog will study Psychology and concentrate his efforts on dementia. He will focus on the effects that the disorder has on the victim’s language, and subsequently on the lives of carers.
As part of the scholarship, Kyle will be expected to teach first year undergraduate students by leading seminars through the medium of Welsh. This will begin the work of creating Welsh medium provision within the department at Swansea University.
Three scholarships have been awarded to Welsh, History and Politics students at Cardiff University this year.
Laura Beth Davies from Gorseinon will continue with her studies at Cardiff University’s School of Welsh after completing her masters research project on the status of Welsh as a second language. As part of her studies, Laura hopes to investigate thoroughly the Welsh language medium provision available at further education level and provide research which could prove useful to various Welsh educational bodies.
Anys Wood from Swansea will study women and politics over the next few years, having completed a masters degree in Welsh History at Cardiff University this year. Anys hopes to follow an academic career and to contribute to the development of Welsh medium scholarship.
Aled Morgan Hughes from Welshpool will complete his doctorate degree at Cardiff University after studying for both his undergraduate and masters degrees at Aberystwyth University. He will join Cardiff University’s School of Law and Politics and will focus his research on political leaders.
Sioned Williams from Pwllheli has won a scholarship to study at Bangor University’s School of Social Sciences. She will study the social use of the Welsh language in Gwynedd and Anglesey and analyse the factors which influence school pupils’ decision to study through the medium of Welsh at higher education level.
Claire Griffith-Mcgeever from Caernarfon has also received funding to study at Bangor University. Her expertise is in clinical exercise physiology and she is looking forward to contributing to the Welsh language provision available within the University’s School of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences.
Arwel Tomos Williams who’s also from Caernarfon will follow a doctorate degree with Bangor University’s School of Psychology. He has already gained relevant research experience after completing an undergraduate and a masters degree under the guidance of Welsh medium lecturers.
One scholarship has been awarded to Aberystwyth University this year, and it has been given to Sioned Llywelyn from Llanilar. Sioned will remain at the University’s Geography and Earth Sciences Department, having succesfully completed a BSc and then an MSc earlier this year where she focused on climate change.
Dr Ioan Matthews, Chief Executive of the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol said:
‘‘We were glad to be able to award these scholarships this year to individuals studying a wide range of disciplines. I would like to encourage them to take advantage of the training offered to them through the scheme and we look forward to following their developments over the next few years.’’
Picture: Aneirin Karadog, Welsh, Swansea University
Pictures of those who have received funding through the Coleg Cymraeg this year can be seen here