Universities’ Welsh departments, supported by the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol, are working in partnership to launch a national campaign to promote the value of studying Welsh at degree level.
The #AstudioCymraeg (Studying Welsh) campaign will be launched at the Urdd Eisteddfod in Flintshire next week and there will be plenty of opportunities to contribute beyond that. Representatives from the universities’ Welsh departments will ask members of the public, former and current students, teachers, lecturers and celebrities to note their thoughts - in a purpose-designed speech bubble - on the value and importance of studying Welsh. Contributors’ pictures and remarks will be uploaded to various social media sites with the hashtag #AstudioCymraeg.
The Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol will draw attention to the campaign on its own stand at the Urdd Eisteddfod onTuesday 31 May between 11am – 12pm.
The Coleg will aslo collate the individual departments’ contributions as part of a wider campaign to highlight Welsh as a Higher Education subject. This includes developing a resource to raise secondary school teachers’ awareness of the opportunities and advantages that arise from continuing to study Welsh at university. The resources will also support teachers as they encourage pupils to choose A-Level Welsh.
The idea for the campaign was conceived at one of the Coleg Cymraeg’s Welsh Language and Literature panel meetings. This cross-institution panel meets to discuss projects and opportunities to promote the discipline. Dr Cathryn Charnell-White is the panel’s Chairperson “Degree courses offered by each of the Welsh departments at our universities reflect the relevance of Welsh literature, not only in a Welsh context but also internationally. GCSE and A-Level courses provide a glimpse but a degree in Welsh opens the door to all manner of study areas: contemporary and historical literature, literary theory, children and folk literature, gender and women’s studies, creative writing and scripting, Welsh dialects, Welsh in a professional context, translating and adapting, Welsh and the media, sociolinguistics. The list is never-ending! #AstudioCymraeg is a means for us to celebrate our discipline and our students”
Further information on the adavantages of studying Welsh are available on the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol’s website, as well as details about scholarships and the Welsh degree courses currently on offer