Two prestigious bursaries for UWTSD Carmarthen student


A UWTSD Carmarthen student, who graduated this week, was awarded with two prestigious bursaries.

Gwyndaf Aled Lewis, BA Perfformio (Acting) student, won the Norah Isaac Memorial Award and the Stuart Burrows Award. He was nominated for the awards by fellow students and lectures who collectively praised his extra-curricular efforts during his time at UWTSD Carmarthen.

The Norah Isaac Memorial Award celebrates an individual who has contributed to Welsh language, culture and society. The award is in memory of Miss Norah Isaac who was a Principal Lecturer in Drama and Welsh at Trinity College Carmarthen and who for years inspired generations of students.

This is the first year that the Norah Isaac Memorial Award has been presented at UWTSD Carmarthen, it will now be an annual bursary for graduating students.

During his time at UWTSD, Gwyndaf took part in many extra-curricular activities that promoted the Welsh language. Amongst his many contributions, he was Student Representative on the Academic Board of the National College of Wales (Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol), President of the Welsh Society and a volunteer with Urdd Myrddin. Gwyndaf has consistently dedicated his time and commitment to the Welsh language during his time at UWTSD.

Gwyndaf also won the Stuart Burrows Award which honours of the world-renowned Welsh tenor and former Trinity College student, Stuart Burrows, with the aim of helping young soloists progress in their musical careers.

Gwyndaf said: “Winning any bursary is a privilege, but winning the first Norah Isaac Memorial Award is an incredible feeling. Getting recognition for my work in promoting the Welsh language and culture is something I will forever be proud of.  The Norah Isaac Memorial Award is important as it remembers what Miss Norah Isaac did for the Welsh language. I feel winning the award is especially fitting as I studied BA Performing and Norah Isaac established the first Welsh Drama department at a University. It is a privilege and an honor to be the first person ever to win this award.

“It is also an honour to win the University’s Stuart Burrows Award. It was a great surprise to win this scholarship as there are so many talented students on my course. If it was up to me, everyone on the course would share the award. Winning these awards has been an amazing end to my time at UWTSD. Though they are two different bursaries, they go together hand in hand and will look really impressive on my CV.”

Gwilym Dyfri Jones, Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor at UWTSD said: “There is no doubt that Gwyndaf is a thoroughly deserving winner of the Norah Isaac Memorial Award. He is passionate about the Welsh language and has worked to promote Welsh culture here on the Carmarthen campus. I would like to congratulate Gwyndaf on behalf of the University and thank to him for his hard work during his time at UWTSD. Gwyndaf has been a joy to work with and has a very bright future ahead of him."

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