Swansea College of Art student awarded Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol Research scholarship


Catrin Bradley, a student at UWTSD, has been awarded a Research Scholarship in the field of Art and Design by the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol.

Catrin Bradley has received a Research Scholarship by the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol

A native of Pembrokeshire, Catrin has just received an MA in 3D Computer Animation at UWTSD’s Swansea College of Art. Through her research, Catrin will consider the use of 'Augmented Reality’ as a means of interpreting intangible cultural heritage and of developing and communicating place-based interpretation. The focus of the research will be the literary corpus of The Mabinogi, with its magical and mysterious elements that offer opportunities to develop computer-animated images and place them in real places in Wales today.

Catrin is looking forward to getting started. She said:

“It is a real privilege for me to have the opportunity to conduct research in this area and to explore the possibilities of bringing stories like the Mabinogi to life. The Mabinogi is one of the most important elements of our cultural heritage, and I believe that there is room for them to be introduced to audiences whether they are familiar with the work and stories or new to them. Because of this, I have chosen the Mabinogi as an example of how intangible legacy could be interpreted as stories, using RE technology to overlay 3D animations at specific sites, and consider how this could offer the potential to extend a unique learning experience. At the same time, I recognise that there is potential for such place-based interpretation to be relevant and appropriate to many other Welsh stories, and indeed to various periods of our history. ”

The Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol's Research Scholarship Scheme sponsors students to study for a doctorate. The aim of the scheme is to reinforce the Coleg’s strategic aim of 'promoting and developing scholarship, research and publishing through the medium of Welsh' and to nurture high calibre researchers.

Dr Dylan Phillips, Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol's Senior Academic Manager, said,

“The Coleg is delighted to offer Catrin Bradley a Research Scholarship to support her groundbreaking research into heritage “'Augmented Reality’”. It is a great opportunity to develop an understanding of how this relatively new technology can bring Welsh heritage and stories to life.”

“The Coleg supports a wide range of academic research through the medium of Welsh including Art and Design. This year we are delighted to have awarded 13 new research scholarships, totalling £175,000, for doctoral students. The Coleg has now sponsored 125 individuals through this scheme, and many of those students who have already successfully completed their doctorate have now been appointed to lecturing posts at the universities. ”

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Gwenllian Beynon is the Welsh language provision coordinator in the field of Art and Design at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David. She said:

“It is a great privilege for us to host Welsh medium research in the visual arts here at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David. I'm certainly looking forward to working with Catrin on her research and very excited to see the development and results of the research over the next few years. It's a very exciting time for us at Swansea College of Art where we are committed to maintaining a strong focus on providing the best possible experience for our students. ”

The national league table of the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide recently announced that UWTSD's 'Art and Design' provision has been ranked 11th out of 85 providers across the UK - up 5 places since last year.”

Caroline Thraves, Academic Director of Art and Media at Swansea College of Art, Trinity Saint David, added:

'At the University of Wales Trinity Saint David we are very proud to be leading the way in developing academic research in art and design through the medium of Welsh. Catrin Bradley will be fully sponsored through the generous support of the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol, which recognises the importance of this innovative work."

Further Information

I gael rhagor o wybodaeth, cysylltwch ag Arwel Lloyd trwy anfon neges e-bost at Arwel.lloyd@uwtsd.ac.uk / 01267 676663