Gillian Harris, BSc Adult Nursing

Gillian Harris

Gillian Harries received one of the University’s 15 Welsh-medium Scholarships this year worth £300 for studying part of her course through the medium of Welsh. She has also been given an Incentive Scholarship worth £1500 over 3 years from the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol for completing 40 credits each year through the medium of Welsh.

Gillian was presented with her cheque in the Branch Annual Forum by the Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Iwan Davies.

Gillian comments, “I chose to study through the medium of welsh because I attended a welsh primary school and a fluent welsh secondary school and I find it an easier language to talk and write. My whole family is welsh and that includes my friend too so whenever I get the chance in work or when I am on placement I always ask the patients if they are able to speak welsh. I found receiving the bursary for completing the course through the medium of Welsh was brilliant. We are living in wales and I find it so important to get offered to complete it in Welsh!”

Amanda Jones (Nursing Lecturer) explains, “Research clearly shows that when patients are stressed, anxious, end of life or are children, they will always revert to communicating through their first language. Having the skills to communicate through the medium of Welsh or having the opportunity to develop and learn the Welsh language is key to ensuring the Welsh language not only continues but also to ensure we are able to provide the best level of care and support to our clients within Wales.”