The Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol Annual Congregation is being held this year in Canolfan Morlan, Aberystwyth on Wednesday the 7th of March.
The Coleg’s Board of Directors have decided that the two to be honoured this year are Gwerfyl Roberts and Professor Emeritus Gareth Ffowc Roberts.
Gwerfyl Roberts hails from Montgomeryshire and until her recent retirement, she was Director of the LLAIS Research Centre working on the Welsh language in health and care services. She dedicated years of service to developing Nursing education through the medium of Welsh and bilingually. She has been a pioneer in this area throughout her career and has now ensured that a significant number of students graduating from Bangor University on Nursing programmes have studied in Welsh and are ready to practice bilingually. She has also received national recognition for her work in the field.
Gareth Roberts hails from Holywell in Flintshire. He graduated in Mathematics from Oxford University and achieved a doctorate from Nottingham University. He became Principal of Coleg Normal, Bangor and following its merger with the University of Wales, Bangor, he was appointed Pro Vice-Chancellor and Professor of Education. He was responsible for Welsh medium provision at the University and played a very active role in the negotiations that led to the establishment of the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol. Throughout his career, Gareth Roberts has popularised mathematics through the medium of Welsh, publishing his book Mae Pawb yn Cyfrif in 2012.
During the Congregation, there will be an opportunity also to recognise those students who have secured Coleg scholarships, and to applaud the success of Anna Wyn Jones, winner of the Norah Isaac Award for the highest mark in assessment for the Coleg’s Welsh Language Skills Certificate last year.
In addition, the Eilir Hedd Morgan Memorial Prize will be presented to a scientist under forty years of age. The winner this year is Dr Tudur Davies of Aberystwyth University.
Dr Hefin Jones, Dean of the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol said: ‘‘We look forward to honouring two colleagues who have have contributed to Welsh-medium university education and who have achieved so much in their respective fields. It will enable us to thank them for their tireless support of the Coleg’s work from the very beginning. It will also give us great pleasure in congratulating those who have excelled in the Coleg’s awards this year.’’
The ceremony will be held at the Canolfan Morlan, Aberystwyth, 7 March at 6.30pm. There will be a warm welcome to everyone and light refreshments will be provided.