At the end of the month, Dr Hefin Jones will retire from his role as Dean of the Coleg Cymraeg, a role he has held since the Coleg was established in 2011.
As Dean, Dr Jones has been a key link between the Coleg's academic staff and the Board of Directors, chairing the Academic Board and communicating regularly with the Coleg's senior officers. He has been involved in the Coleg's award and review processes and has publicly represented the Coleg Cymraeg on a number of occasions.
In thanking Dr Jones, Gareth Pierce, Chair of the Coleg's Board of Directors, said: “Hefin's contribution to the work of the Coleg over the last decade has been central to its success. He has offered guidance and support to the Coleg's academic community and will be missed by many. I would like to take this opportunity to thank him for his tireless work for the Welsh language in the higher education sector during his career, but particularly for his work supporting the Coleg’s officers, Board and academic staff at a national level. Hefin's dedication and enthusiasm has been an inspiration to us all, and we are indebted to him for his contribution.”
Dr Ioan Matthews, Chief Executive of the Coleg added: “It has been a pleasure working with Hefin in the field of Welsh medium university education for just under twenty years. Before establishing the Coleg even, he was chair of the Gwerddon Editorial Board which has enabled the publication of original research through the medium of Welsh across a wide range of academic fields. Then, in 2008, he was appointed a member of the working party, under the chairmanship of Professor Sir Robin Williams, who laid the foundations for turning the concept of a Welsh College in to reality three years later. Whilst thanking him for his support and friendship over the years, I know for a fact that Hefin, once his term as Dean comes to an end, will continue to play a leading role in relation to the Welsh language strategy of Cardiff University.”
Dr Dafydd Trystan, the Coleg Cymraeg’s Registrar, has worked with Dr Hefin Jones since the Coleg was established in 2011. Paying tribute to Dr Jones, he said: “Hefin is a brilliant and prominent scientist who has supported the Welsh language as an integral part of his work throughout his career in London and in Cardiff. He was an extremely important voice as the Coleg was established and his scientific expertise and slant as part of those initial discussions was vital.
“In creating and establishing the role of the Dean Hefin undertook the work of engaging with academic staff in every corner of Wales and across all subject areas in a very energetic manner, not forgetting his direct work with the Coleg’s students and his support towards the branches within the universities. I remember several interesting visits as Hefin embarked on the Dean’s visits around Welsh universities – from supporting drama performances to assisting agriculturalists with lambing season in Carmarthenshire! It’s true to say that Hefin has thrown himself in to every aspect of the work with zest and enthusiasm. His commitment and the time he has given towards the Coleg’s work and mission have been invaluable and we will miss his advice and leadership. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank him for his contribution as Dean of the Coleg.”