Cardiff University

Cardiff University

Branch Officer: Elliw Iwan

Cardiff University and the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol bring the Welsh-speaking students (native speakers and learners) together through a variety of activities.

One of the first things you will do during your first few days at the University will be to join the ‘GymGym’ (the Welsh language society). The ‘GymGym’ will offer you opportunities to socialise in exciting events, including the annual Intercollegiate Eisteddfod and rugby trips. The Coleg branch works closely with the ‘GymGym’ and has organised a few gigs for freshers’ week in collaboration with the Coleg’s branches at the University of South Wales and Cardiff Metropolitan University.

The branch is central to the development of Welsh medium provision at the University, and students are given an opportunity to participate in academic meetings to voice their views on the provision offered.

Cardiff University attracts a large number of Welsh-speaking students from all over Wales. Life in the capital city will appeal to many, as well as the wide range of courses that are unique to the University, especially in Health. The University offers an incredibly wide range of subjects, and specialises in Medicine, Dentistry and Journalism, which attract a great deal of Welsh students. Plans have been drawn up recently to develop Welsh medium provision in these subjects.

As well as the ‘GymGym’, there are several other societies, including the School of Medicine’s Welsh Language Student Society and Aelwyd y Waun Ddyfal, which is one of the most successful in Wales, winning time and again in eisteddfodau and in various choir competitions.If you wish to live with other Welsh-speaking students, flats in Senghennydd Court and Tal-y-bont North are allocated for Welsh speakers and learners.

Please contact Cardiff University branch for more information: / @cangen_caerdydd

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Student Opinion

“The Coleg branch allows us as students to speak with one voice on matters relating to the provision of Welsh medium education in Cardiff, and to be part of developments in this crucial area. Indeed, the branch is key in the process of co-ordinating a number of new members of staff that enhance the provision in Cardiff. The branch also provides a perfect opportunity for us as Welsh speaking students to be a community, and the community is vital to our experience at the University. The branch has many members already, and is seeking to increase the numbers further in order to strengthen the voice and identity of the Welsh-speaking students in Cardiff.”

Cerith Rhys Jones, Welsh Students’ Officer, Cardiff University Students Union.