Llio Fflur Davies

Bangor University: Business and Marketing

Llio Fflur Davies

Bangor University: Business and Marketing

Originally from: Glyn Ceiriog, near Llangollen.

School/College: Ysgol Morgan Llwyd, Wrecsam.

A Level subjects: Welsh, Geography, Religious Education and Art AS.

What's the best advice you can give someone who wants to go to university?

Thinking back to the process of choosing a University, it was definitely a scary feeling of moving on to the next chapter in my life. I didn't know much about the process and I didn't know where to start. But after attending UCAS fairs and receiving support from teachers, this set a clearer path.

What you need to do is to look for a number of universities that offer the degree course you intend to do, and research the entry requirements and what the course offers. It's essential that you attend as many open days as possible so you get a taste of the University.

The advice I would give is to get involved in as many activities as possible, as this will enable you to meet and get to know so many new people. 

Why did you decide to study through the medium of Welsh?

Coming from a Welsh-speaking family, and having been educated through the medium of Welsh throughout my life, it was extremely important and advantageous for me to continue to study through the medium of Welsh at University.

The experience of studying through the medium of Welsh is really worthwhile. The Welsh language lectures tended to be much smaller in terms of student numbers, and more informal. This means you can ask questions, and the lecturers are more than willing to help you. It's a great way to make friends and to get to know people.

I hope to get a job in business or as a teacher after graduating. The Welsh medium experiences at University and doing a large part of my degree through the medium of Welsh will be a definite advantage to me when I'm applying for jobs. Employers are now looking for more than a degree from students, so being skilled in speaking, writing and reading confidently in Welsh will benefit any person applying for jobs.

There are advantages on the social side as well. What I enjoy most is being part of societies. As a Welsh-speaking student, what I really enjoyed was being part of the Welsh Language Students' Union. It's great: first, second and third year students socialise together, participating in various events throughout the year, including fancy dress evenings, six nation rugby trips and the Rhyng-gol. These events were a fantastic way to get to know so many Welsh people who shared the same interests as me. Being a Welsh-speaking student is brilliant.

Have you received a Coleg scholarship?

Yes, I was fortunate enough to receive a Coleg Cymraeg Incentive Scholarship. I applied for the Scholarship at the last minute, and I was so glad to hear that I had been successful. The application process is quite simple, and there are so many benefits of receiving the Scholarship. Obviously the money is a big help, but having it on your CV is also good for employers, because it shows you have bilingual skills. 

Would you encourage someone to be a Coleg ambassador?

I would definitely recommend that students apply to be a Coleg Cymraeg ambassador. It's a fantastic opportunity. The role offers so many opportunities and experiences. It's a privilege to represent the Coleg, and you develop more self-confidence, take part in a number of activities like Eisteddfodau, and finally, you get to support sixth formers and explain to them the importance and the amazing opportunities you get by studying your degree through the medium of Welsh. It's important we make students aware of the Coleg's work.