Two Aberystwyth University students have won awards in memory of two of our nations greats.
Michelle Rafferty and Iestyn Tyne will receive the Gwobr John Davies and the Gwobr Gwyn Thomas Awards at a special event at the National Eisteddfod in Conwy in August.
These awards were established by the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol some years ago in recognition of the success of students in different fields.
The John Davies Award is awarded annually for the best dissertation delivered through the medium of Welsh in Welsh History and this year the award will be awarded to Michelle Rafferty from Aberystwyth University. Michelle, who is originally from Aberaeron, gained a first class degree in History with Welsh at Aberystwyth University last year. She is about to complete an M.A course. in Welsh History and will commence a PhD in History in September.
Michelle said: “Receiving the John Davies Award has been a tremendous boost for me personally as I go on to the PhD, proving that my research is worthwhile; I am very grateful for this opportunity.”
Gwobr Gwyn Thomas is awarded to an undergraduate student for the best dissertation in Welsh as an academic subject. The winner this year is Iestyn Tyne. Iestyn, who was brought up on the Llŷn Peninsula but has now settled in Caernarfon. He graduated from Aberystwyth University last year with a first class degree and won the Amy Parry Williams Memorial Prize from the University's Department of Welsh and Celtic Studies for the highest marks. The subject of his dissertation was ''Awen Addewid: Golwg ar gystadleuaeth y Gadair yn Eisteddfod Genedlaethol yr Urdd, 1952-2017', and by a strange coincidence - he won the Chair competition at the Cardiff an the Vale Urdd National Eisteddfod in Cardiff this year.
Iestyn is now employed by Gwynedd Council's Translation Unit. He is a writer, musician and artist - he has published two volumes of poetry and is a member of several bands.
Hefin Jones, Dean of the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol, added: “It’s great to be able to present these yearly awards in memory of scholars who played such a vital part in the Coleg’s development. I would like to congratulate Michelle and Iestyn for being chosen to receive these awards and we look forward to celebrating with them at the Eisteddfod next month.’’