Two UWTSD lecturers shortlisted for the annual Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol awards


Two lecturers from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) have been nominated for the annual Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol awards for Associate Lecturers.

Eilir Owen Griffiths & Heddwen Davies

Eilir Owen Griffiths and Heddwen Davies, lecturers at UWTSD.

Eilir Owen Griffiths, a senior lecturer in Performing Arts has been nominated for the award for cross-border innovation while Heddwen Davies, a lecturer in Health, Sport and Physical Education has been nominated for the award for facilitating Welsh-medium education.

This is the second year that the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol has organised this awards event for associate lecturers in recognition of their contribution and excellence in Welsh medium Higher Education.

The award for cross-border innovation recognises the contribution of a lecturer or practitioner to innovative action and collaboration through the medium of Welsh across borders - something that Eilir Owen Griffiths has certainly achieved whilst developing the innovative Welsh-medium BA Perfformio programme.

The BA Perfformio course is now one of a number of programmes offered by the University as part of the provision offered at Canolfan Berfformio Cymru (Wales Performance Centre) based at The Gate Arts Centre in Cardiff.

Having established the BA Perfformio course in 2014, Eilir developed two new and exciting Welsh medium Masters degrees, MA Theatre (Directing) and MA Theatre (Performing).

The BA Perfformio course is a two-year intensive taught honours programme that enables students to develop sound technique alongside a broad understanding of the creative industries in Wales and beyond. The focus is on four aspects of the development of future performers; Acting, Singing, Dancing and the Industry.

The course at UWTSD, led by Eilir, is deliberately designed to develop skills that help students create job opportunities and embark on careers within the Creative Industries.

Home to actors, singers and dancers of the future, the Centre's innovative courses have been carefully designed with the intention of drawing experts from across the creative industries to enrich the student experience.

Collaboration with the industry is vital to the delivery of the degree programmes. As well as learning from lecturers and tutors working in the industry, students are also able to benefit from the partnerships that have been forged with the Wales Millennium Centre and BBC Wales.

"It's a great privilege to be nominated and I'm delighted that the BA Perfformio course is being recognised in this way," says Eilir. "We are now celebrating five years since we establishing the BA Perfformio course, and following on from its success, we have set about establishing MA courses and creating a collection of courses that have grown from that small seed back in 2014.  We now look forward to further, exciting developments in this area in the future.”

Eilir Owen Griffiths

Eilir Owen Griffiths.

Heddwen Davies is Lecturer in Health, Sport and Physical Education at UWTSD and has been in her current role since August 2019 - but Heddwen isn’t new to the University. Prior to joining the Institute of Health and Management last year, she was an Education lecturer at the University with responsibility for Arts and Physical Education on the BA Education and PGCE courses.

Heddwen has been nominated for the award for facilitating Welsh-medium education - an award that celebrates the significant contribution of a lecturer or practitioner who has been facilitating Welsh-medium education by co-ordinating and organising Higher Education provision.

Although Heddwen has only been part of the University's Sport and Health team for a short time, she is already playing a leading role in the development of UWTSD’s Welsh-medium provision. She’s responsible for the Welsh language provision which ensures that students can study 40 credits in Welsh across Sports Science, Physical Education, Nutrition, Health and Lifestyle courses, Nursing and Health Studies and Outdoor Sports and Fitness Therapy.  It’s also now possible to study 80 credits in Physical Education.

Heddwen is working closely with Rhagoriaith, the University's Centre for Welsh Language Services to adapt modules in Health to include Welsh language provision where it did not already exist.

Since her appointment, Heddwen has secured a new Institute of Management and Health undergraduate bursary scheme to undertake work experience at the Urdd Camp and has worked closely with Menter Iaith Gorllewi Sir Gâr and has helped co-ordinate the establishment of mountain biking and climbing clubs for young people.

Under Heddwen’s guidance, the students have the opportunity to run the clubs giving them ositive experiences through the medium of Welsh, gaining confidence in their language skills and, as a result, giving those students the confidence to study in Welsh.

"I feel privileged to be nominated and I’m delighted with this news," says Heddwen. "This year has been really interesting as I haven’t long started in my new role – and I look forward to continuing to support the current Welsh medium students and to welcome new students to us in September. Thank you to those who nominated me; to the students for their dedication to learning through the medium of Welsh and to the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol for all its support.”

Heddwen Davies

Heddwen Davies.

The winners of the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol Awards will be announced on its social media channels on Thursday, July 16th.

Click here for further information about the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol branch of the University of Wales Trinity Saint David.

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