UWTSD students appointed as Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol ambassadors


Two students from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) have been appointed as ambassadors for the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol in an attempt to encourage more prospective students to study in Welsh at higher education.

Heledd Roberts who studies BA Perfformio (Welsh medium BA Performance) at Canolfan Berfformio Cymru (The Wales Centre for Performance), Cardiff, and Deian Thomas who also studies BA Perfformio on the Carmarthen campus, will begin their roles this month and are responsible for completing various tasks throughout the year.

14 ambassador have been appointments throughout Wales in seven universities.

Heledd and Deian’s main role will be to try to persuade school pupils to pursue part of their university studies through Welsh by presenting the advantages that come with it. They will represent the Coleg Cymraeg in school visits and fairs as well as UCAS events and Eisteddfods, they will also record their experiences in a new blog. 

Heledd said: "It's an incredible privilege to be able to work with the Coleg Cymraeg to promote the Welsh language. My Welshness is paramount to me and the language and culture is central to my life. I'm someone who believes strongly in the quote "Start every conversation in Welsh," and for me, this has had a positive impact on a number of experiences. Primarily, it is a privilege to be working with young people who are just as enthusiastic as me about the language.

"At the moment, I am studying a BA Perfformio at Canolfan Berfformio Cymru, Cardiff, and I am enjoying every moment of it. Studying the course in Welsh has allowed me to take advantage of a number of experiences, such as singing in the Millennium Stadium, joining and performing with Waun Ddyfal choir and singing on S4C’s ‘Heno.’"

Deian hopes to relieve any concerns that pupils might have about studying through the medioum of  Welsh at higher education, he said:

“Prospective students shouldn’t worry, there is plenty of support available at University and my Welsh is getting better every day. In addition, the close community feeling that exists on campus and the feeling of being part of one big family is great.”‌

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