Press Releases 2014-2015

UWTSD Academic Awarded Literature Wales Bursary


Dr Mererid HopwoodUniversity of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) academic Dr Mererid Hopwood has been awarded a substantial bursary by Literature Wales, this week.

Dr Hopwood is Director of Strategic Partnerships at UWTSD’s South West Wales Centre of Teacher Education. Despite previously winning the Crown, the Chair and the Literature Medal at the National Eisteddfod, she has never published a volume of her own poetry. This bursary – the Published Writer’s Bursary – will give Dr Hopwood the opportunity to publish a volume of her own material for the very first time.

The bursary is worth £6000 and Dr Hopwood is one of twenty-two writers who have been awarded financial support from Literature Wales this year.

The bursary will allow Dr Hopwood to take a sabbatical from her academic work enabling her to concentrate on writing her first volume of poetry.

Dr Hopwood said: “I’m really looking forward to being able to have the time to fully concentrate on my writing. Thank you to the University for its support, and to Literature Wales for its sponsorship and trust.”

Dr Hopwood is based within the South West Wales Centre of Teacher Education at UWTSD, which provides first-rate teacher education and training. The Centre builds on the University’s historic strengths of working closely with schools and other partners in developing excellent learning and teaching, promoting the Welsh language and culture, and providing high levels of care and support to its students.

Gwilym Dyfri Jones, Provost of UWTSD’s Carmarthen campus, said: “I have great pleasure in congratulating Dr Mererid Hopwood on receiving the Published Writer’s Bursary from Literature Wales. Dr Hopwood is a renowned figure in Welsh literature as well as being highly influential within Welsh culture and education.

“We are proud that we have such talented members of staff who are recognised on a national stage for their outstanding abilities. I offer Dr Hopwood our sincerest congratulations.”

The Writers’ Bursaries scheme is run by Literature Wales on behalf of the Arts Council of Wales. For further information, visit

Note to Editor

  1. For more information please contact Sian-Elin Davies, Senior PR and Communications Officer, on 01267 676908 /
  2. The University of Wales Trinity Saint David was established in 2010 through the merger of the University of Wales Lampeter and Trinity University College, Carmarthen. On 1 August 2013 the Swansea Metropolitan University merged with the University.
  3. The University’s Royal Charter 1828 is the oldest in Wales, and it is third behind Oxford and Cambridge in Wales and England. HRH Prince of Wales is the Patron of the University.
  4. On 1 August, 2013 Coleg Sir Gâr merged with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David Group, however they will keep their own brand. Coleg Ceredigion merged with the Group on 1 January 2014.

Further Information

Sian-Elin Davies
Senior PR and Communications Officer

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