Over 450 staff throughout Welsh universities have benefited from the Work Welsh project over the past year.
The project, funded by the National Centre for Learning Welsh, and coordinated by the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol, is now in it’s second year following a successful pilot project last year.
These members of staff, including 120 teaching staff, have been learning Welsh for 120 hours during the course of the project and some have gone the extra mile by attending a week-long residential course at the Language Centre in Nant Gwrtheyrn.
For the first time ever, awards have been created in five disinct categories to acknowledge the efforts of staff to improve their language skills. When the project first started last year there were 240 members of staff at universities attending Welsh classes and the project has now become well established within the university sector. One of the project’s principal aims has been to enrich and widen the Welsh experience for students.
Dr Owen Thomas, Work Welsh project coordinator for the Higher Education sector on behalf of the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol said: “The Work Welsh project has gone from strength to strength and these awards are an opportunity to recognise the commitment of learners, the efforts of tutors and the support shown by universities to the entirety of this project.”
The next phase of the project will commence in April and will continue to build on these sound footings.