The Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol Annual Congregation is being held this year in Swansea on Wednesday the 8th of March.
In a special celebration of Welsh medium acadmeia, Dr Siân Wyn Siencyn, Prof Brynley F.Roberts and Prof Merfyn Jones will receive fellowships for their outstanding contribution towards Welsh Medium Higher Education and towards the Coleg’s work in general.
Dr Siân Wyn Siencyn is a pioneer in Early Childhood Education as an academic discipline. She graduated in English from the University of Wales Aberystwyth and spent over 25 years supporting young people and families as a teacher, advisor, policy developer and researcher. She became a staff member at the Trinity College Carmarthen (as formerly known) and was prominent in establishing the Early Years Education School in 2000, developing the department at the helm of its field during her time as its head. She was also a member of the Coleg’s Academic Board and was foremost in leading some of the Coleg’s key sponsored projects.
Brynley F. Roberts, from the Cynon Valley is a prominent academic in the field of Welsh and the history of Welsh Literature. He was a Professor of Welsh at the University of Wales Aberystwyth and Swansea and he served as the National Librarian between 1985 and 1994. He was also a member of the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales and played a key role in establishing a strong working relationship between University’s Welsh departments and the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol. In 2013 he delivered the first in a series of Edward Llwyd Lectures sponsored by the Coleg and the Learned Society of Wales.
The Professor R. Merfyn Jones is one of Wales' leading contemporary historians, and his works include his groundbreaking book looking at the lives of Gwynedd quarrymen, The North Wales Quarrymen, 1874-1922, and the landmark television series, Cymru 2000 which was aired at the turn of the millennium. Following an academic career at the Universities of Swansea, Liverpool and Bangor, he was appointed Vice Chancellor of Bangor University in 2004. He was appointed as the first chairman of the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol’s Board of Directors following its establishment in 2011. He played an integral part in establishing the College as a national body, giving special emphasis on the principle that all academic disciplines can and ought to be taught in Welsh a principle that is very much at the center of the Coleg’s academic strategy.
Dr Hefin Jones, Dean of The Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol, said:
"I am delighted to be honoring three new Fellows to the Coleg – the three have contributed significantly in their individual fields and their continuous support to our work has been clear since the very early days of the Coleg.”
The ceremony will be held in the Great Hall, Bay Campus, Swansea University at 6:30pm.