The Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol has recruited ambassadors again this year with the aim of encouraging more prospective students to study part of their degree courses through Welsh.
The 21 ambassadors, who are located at seven universities across Wales will start this month and be responsible for completing various tasks throughout the year.
Their main role will be to persuade school pupils to follow part of their university studies through Welsh and present the advantages of studying through the language.
They will represent the Coleg Cymraeg at school visits, UCAS fairs and Eisteddfodau as well as record their experiences in a brand new blog.
Alongside this they will be maintaining a blog ‘Llais y Llysgennad’ that will give a snapshot of their lives through pictures, videos and much more.
Gwenllian Mair Jones from Llanelli who’s studying Law at Cardiff University was one of the first to post and she was delighted to have the opportunity to study through the medium of Welsh in the capital after leaving Ysgol Gyfun y Strade:
“I'm very proud of the language, and as I have received my education through the medium of Welsh up until now, it was a natural step for me to study the degree subject through the medium of Welsh.
Being able to access a subject in two language makes learning easier. I would like to continue to live in Wales in the future and the ability to work in Welsh should be beneficial.”
They will have to familiarise themselves with the Coleg Cymraeg Undergraduate Scholarship Scheme and speak about the opportunities that studying through the medium of Welsh provide, as Rhiannon Carys Williams, from Llantrisant, who is now studying Zoology and Herpotology in Bangor University explains:
‘‘I would encourage any Welsh-speaking students and learners to apply for the scholarships that the Coleg offers. Studying in Welsh offers all-important opportunities to build confidence and improve your bilingual skills. It also affords better studying opportunities and more support during your course.’’
The Coleg Cymraeg blog can be found here.