Swansea University to expand its Welsh language provision

Swansea University are pleased to announce that they wish to appoint five new Welsh language medium academic staff.

The posts, which have been funded by Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol are part of their national programme to increase the amount of academic staff who teach through the medium of Welsh.

Swansea University wish to appoint applicants to posts in the following fields; law, digital media, zoology, social work and health studies. They will be expected to contribute to Welsh University life through research work, collaborate with other departments and institutions and promote the Welsh language within their specialised fields.

Swansea University have also succeeded in securing two Research Scholarships thanks to Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol in both Engineering and Health and Ethics. The successful applicants will be funded for up to a period of five years.

Four lecturers have already been appointed at Swansea University this year through Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol’s Academic Staffing Scheme in Modern Languages, Geography and History.

Swansea University’s Vice Chancellor, Richard B Davies said: ‘‘This is excellent news for Swansea University and for Welsh speaking students.  I shall look forward to welcoming the successful applicants to Swansea University in due course. Swansea University’s Welsh language provision has come a long way over the past few years and these appointments will ensure that the provision will continue to grow from strength to strength, across a range of academic disciplines.’’

Dr Ioan Matthews, Chief Executive of the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol said: ‘‘Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol will fund 100 academic posts through our Academic Staffing Scheme between 2011/12 and 2015/16. Appointing five new academic staff at Swansea University is part of Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol’s academic strategy to plan Welsh medium provision for the future. These appointments as well as the PhD scholarships in fields like Engineering, will give Welsh language provision at Swansea University a significant boost, and I look forward to seeing further increase in provision and new opportunities for students to study through the medium of Welsh.’