Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol appoints student Ambassadors at UWTSD


13.03.2020

The Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol has appointed three ambassadors from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) with the aim of encouraging more prospective students to study part of their degree courses through the medium of Welsh.

Llysgenhadon Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol / Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol Ambassadors

The 23 ambassadors are located at six universities across Wales, including three at UWTSD. Megan Samuel, Celyn Angharad Jones and for the second year Ceri Dolben Evans will start their work this month and be responsible for completing various tasks throughout the year.

Their main role as ambassadors will be to persuade school pupils and further education colleges to follow part of their studies through the medium of Welsh and champion the advantages this brings.

They will represent the Coleg Cymraeg at school visits, UCAS fairs and Eisteddfodau as well as record their experiences in an online blog and on various social media platforms.

For the first time this year, the prospective ambassadors were required to put forward a minute-long video as well as an application form. 

Ceri Dolben Evans, a second year BA Perfformio (Performance) course at UWTSD, said: “This is my second year as an ambassador for the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol and I'm delighted to be doing the job again this year. I am someone who is passionate about the Welsh language, so it is great to be able to represent the Coleg Cymraeg.

“I have had many wonderful experiences as an ambassador - visiting schools encouraging future students to study through the medium of Welsh; attending a course with the other ambassadors and meeting new people while working on the stand at the eisteddfod,” adds Ceri. “Much of the role is about writing blogs for Coleg Cymraeg social media accounts. One of the blogs I wrote was a behind-the-scenes look at a show I was doing with the university called Cysgu’n Brysur - I had so much fun creating it! Being an ambassador for the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol is a great experience - and we also get paid to work, which is a bonus!”

Another UWTSD student appointed as an ambassador is Megan Samuel, a first year student on the BA Primary Educations with Qualified Teacher Status course.

"It's a great privilege to be appointed an ambassador for the Coleg Cymraeg," said Megan.

“In my role I encourage students from different schools to go into higher education or apprenticeships through the medium of Welsh. I’ve had many experiences of meeting new people, working in a variety of places - and all through the medium of Welsh.”

Bethan Wyn Davies, Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol's Branch Officer at UWTSD is delighted to see the University’s students have the opportunity to be part of the Ambassador scheme.

"I would like to congratulate the three who have been appointed as Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol Ambassadors," said Bethan Wyn. “The work of these ambassadors is vital in attracting prospective students to study through the medium of Welsh and these three enthusiastic and knowledgeable UWTSD students will use their personal experiences to promote the benefits of studying in the Welsh language. From Freshers' Weekend, to the Welsh language accommodation on offer, to their numerous performances they take part in as well as their academic studies, Celyn, Ceri and Megan's experiences will show the opportunities available to those studying through the medium of Welsh at UWTSD.”

Speaking on behalf of the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol, Elin Williams said:

“We’re extremely excited to be able to announce the appointment of 23 new ambassadors from the higher education sector for 2020. Having a group of young and enthusiastic people working with us to promote Welsh medium study opportunities is a huge help in terms of projecting a positive image of the importance of studying through the medium of Welsh.

“There are a wide range of subjects available through the medium of Welsh in our universities by now and it will be the ambassadors’ role to explain the advantages of studying through the medium of Welsh.”

You can follow our ambassadors’ University adventures on the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol website and on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, You Tube and Snapchat.

Further Information

For further information, please contact Sian-Elin Davies, Principal Communications and PR Officer on 01267 676908 / 07449 998476 sian-elin.davies@uwtsd.ac.uk