The Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol Research Scholarship in Language Planning has been awarded.


The University of Wales Trinity Saint David has awarded the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol Research Scholarship to undertake an innovative doctoral project in language planning to Catrin Llwyd from Carmarthen.

Catrin Llwyd

The research will focus on community language leadership among young people and on aspects of youth work, community development and digital communication and will be supervised by Professor Elin Haf Gruffydd Jones who specialises in the field of minority languages, along with Carys Ifan, Director of Canolfan S4C Yr Egin.

Born and raised in the area, Catrin lives in Carmarthen with her young family. She has 18 years' professional experience in the language sector, including leading research projects on young people's language use with Trywydd, where she also contributed to language planning projects for the Welsh Language Board, the Welsh Government and the Welsh Language Commissioner. She graduated in Welsh and Politics at Aberystwyth University and also gained a Postgraduate Certificate in Language Policy and Planning from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David.

Professor Elin Haf Gruffydd Jones, Director of the Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies and principal supervisor of the doctorate, said: "We had a fantastic response to this scholarship and very high-quality applications. Catrin will bring extensive experience in language planning to the project, and I look forward to working with her. This is an absolutely key area for all minority languages, and we can expect that the results of the research will attract great interest internationally as well as here in Wales."

Carys Ifan, Director of Canolfan S4C Yr Egin, said: "Since the opening of Canolfan S4C Yr Egin in 2018 we have worked with a range of partners across Carmarthenshire to promote and encourage the use of the Welsh language amongst young people in creating for digital spaces. More recently Yr Egin in conjunction with a number of companies and individuals from the centre's creative community have provided workshops as part of the Coleg Cymraeg's widening access project and the response of children, young people and teachers has been staggering. The research for the doctorate will deepen understanding of this involvement and similar initiatives and place them in a wider context that will be of particular importance for future language planning. We are very fortunate to appoint someone as good as Catrin, who is experienced in research and language planning and is itching to start the work. I'm really looking forward to working together."

Part of the research will also take place in collaboration with the Urdd and Sian Eirian, Director of the Eisteddfod and the Arts, said: "The Urdd will benefit greatly from this partnership, as the work combines research into young people's lives and the use of the Welsh language – two elements that are extremely important to the Urdd. It is a relevant and timely appointment as the Urdd Eisteddfod will be visiting Carmarthenshire in 2023. We are very fortunate to have such an experienced and committed dedicated person as Catrin to look after this key project."

Catrin will join a community of researchers and will have access to networks, research training and support throughout the University, including the Institute of Education and Humanities, the Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies and the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol.

Catrin is looking forward to starting the work.  She said: "I am delighted to be offered this opportunity to work on such an innovative scheme in south-west Wales. Having worked in the field of the Welsh language and young people for several years, this is an opportunity to contribute research that will further deepen our understanding. I look forward to working with Canolfan S4C Yr Egin and the Urdd over the next three years to implement the practical elements of the doctorate. I would like to thank the University for offering me this special opportunity, and the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol for sponsoring the PhD. "

According to Gwilym Dyfri Jones, Provost of the Carmarthen and Lampeter Campuses: "The subject in question is a key one on many levels and the University is fortunate to have appointed such an experienced and knowledgeable researcher as Catrin to this important role. Working with a range of partners will be a core part of the project and the excellent links that Catrin has already built locally and nationally will undoubtedly be of great benefit to her as the research progresses."

Lois McGrath, Research and Training Development Officer at the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol, said: "We look forward to welcoming Catrin to the Research Scholarship Scheme in October; a scheme that sponsors students to study towards a doctorate.

 "The purpose of the scheme is to reinforce the College's aim of promoting and developing scholarship, research and publication through the medium of Welsh and to nurture world-class researchers.

"Through the Research Skills Programme’s training provision, we offer full support to research students and early career academics, all through the medium of Welsh of course. The programme is open to students and early career academic staff from all universities, regardless of their area of research and funder."


Note to Editor

For more information on the Research Scholarship Scheme and the Research Skills Programme, visit the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol’s website.

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