Students have received funding from the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol to study for doctorate degrees at universities across Wales for more than a decade and another ten more will do the same over the next three years.
The well known singer, Gareth Bonello from Cardiff will study at the University of South Wales’ School of Music and Performance. He intends to conduct research in to the cultural relationship between Wales and the region of the Casia Mountains in north east India. Gareth will travel to the area intending to create new music material in Welsh and the Casi language alongside Casi artists.
‘‘I’m very grateful to the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol and the University of South Wales’ Faculty of Creative Industries for this special opportunity. The scholarship will give me the time and the resources to fully concentrate on my studies while still being able to work as a musician. The scholarship also offers an opportunity for me to develop my craft and will no doubt open doors in future.’’
The Drama Medal winner at the 2015 National Eisteddfod, Wyn Mason will concentrate on creative writing at Academi Hywel Teifi, Swansea University. His aim is to use Geraint Jarman’s Sub Not Used album to research the relationship between music, prose and drama. The author from Llanfarian, Aberystwyth will be glad to complete further studies in Welsh having spent the past few years lecturing through the medium of English.
Luke Roberts from Neath will focus on two diseases, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s at Swansea University’s Life Sciences Institute. Having studied through the medium of Welsh at Ysgol Ystalyfera, Luke hopes to expand upon the university’s Welsh language clinical provision and to ensure that Genetics and Biochemistry students are offered research experiences in Welsh.
Two scholarships have been awarded to students who will prepare for doctorate degrees at Aberystwyth University’s Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences.
Having completed and MSc in Biomedical Sciences at Bristol University, Rebecca Evans from Bala will be expected to teach elements of biochemistry through Welsh and use her expertise to develop a brand new degree entitled ‘Biology and Human Health.’
Gruffydd Lloyd Jones from Pwllheli will study the Rhododendron in Wales, and the effects it has on biodiversity. He also hopes to develop ways of controlling it. He’s eager to further develop his interests in ecology and the environment, as well as preparing more bilingual graduates for the environmental and biological sectors in Wales.
Heddwen Lleucu Daniel from Aberystwyth has decided to study youth justice and in particular the relationship between adolescents and their schools at Aberystwyth University. She hopes to interview professional workers and young people as well as contribute to the rather limited Welsh language material that currently exists within the field of Criminology.
At Bangor University, Gwennant Evans from Pwllheli will combine the arts and sciences by trying to understand how young children respond to the experience of hearing and reading poetry and to discover the link between both experiences. She will be based at the university’s School of Psychology and will begin by recruiting young children who are native Welsh speakers from schools across Gwynedd and Anglesey.
David Parry from Caernarfon has decided to draw on his own personal experience of being brought up in a non Welsh speaking family to discover what prevents some Welsh speakers from speaking the language. His aim is to make contact with those who understand Welsh but don’t speak it and encourage their use of the language. He will also be based at the university’s School of Psychology.
Last but not least, two scholarships were awarded to Cardiff University and have been given to Megan Haf Morgans from Abergwili and Rhianwen Daniel from Cardiff. Megan will focus on children’s literature under the guidance of Dr Siwan Rosser and Professor Sioned Davies within the School of Welsh.
Rhianwen will study the influences on the work of one of Wales’ foremost philosophers, the late Professor J.R. Jones with Professor Richard Wyn Jones from the Department of Politics and Dr Huw Williams from the Department of Philosophy.
Please visit our Flickr gallery to see and download pictures of those who have received scholarships under the auspices of the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol this year.
Photo: Gareth Bonello