UWTSD welcome students from the Sámi University of Applied Sciences


The School of Early Years, Yr Athrofa was delighted to welcome a member of the Sámi Parliament of Norway's Education Department and a group of students and lecturers from Sámi allaskuvla (Sámi University of Applied Sciences) to UWTSD’s Carmarthen campus recently. 

Sami People

Assistant Professor of Education at the Sámi University of Applied Sciences, Laila Aleksandersen Nutti, lead the group on a study tour to explore Welsh medium early years education and care in order to collect ideas to support their own cultural context.  During their visit, students visited Cwtsh Y Clos, Llanarthne which is a Welsh medium nursery, owned and managed by past Early Years students Gwenllian Stephens and Ann Davies. They also visited the Foundation Phase of Ysgol Gymraeg Y Dderwen, where they were given a very warm welcome by children and staff.

There were also opportunities to further explore Welsh culture and the visitors had an opportunity to spend time with the University’s Professor Mererid Hopwood and to visit the new Canolfan S4C Yr Egin with Pro Vice-Chancellor Gwilym Dyfri to learn more about how this development is supporting creative and cultural innovations locally. Jen Dafis also provided an interactive workshop exploring language and cultural awareness and Canolfan Peniarth also provided early years resources to support discussions on supporting minority cultures.  

The Early Years team were also grateful that the visitors attended lectures with UWTSD students and provided wonderful presentations exploring Sami culture and traditions.  Dr Glenda Tinney, The School of Early Years, Yr Athrofa, UWTSD noted. “This has been a wonderful opportunity to exchange ideas on different approaches to develop and support minority languages. This visit is seen as the beginning of a long-term partnership between our two Universities and we are looking forward to planning future projects together.”

Further Information

For more information please contact Arwel Lloyd, Principal PR and Communications Officer, on 01267 676663 / Arwel.Lloyd@uwtsd.ac.uk