Choosing to study through the medium of Welsh

Swansea University's Welsh-medium academic provision has significantly increased over recent years. Through the work of the Academi Hywel Teifi , the University's center that leads on Welsh-medium developments, and our partnership with the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol, Swansea University offers unique and exciting opportunities that will prepare you for a thriving career in Wales and beyond. Here are some comments from some of our graduates who have taken advantage of the Welsh provision.

Alun Bryn Rennolf, BSc Physics

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"The best thing about studying at Swansea is the vast amount of opportunities that are available at the University and within the local community - I enjoyed volunteering with some of my peers at Gomer Chapel for example. I helped coach the Welsh language rugby team and I have made friends for life. I was also a member of a number of societies including the Choral Society, the Physics Society and the Welsh Society. I was fortunate to gain experience as a part time Welsh Language Officer for the Students’ Union and as an undergraduate representative for South West Wales’ students on the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol’s Academic Board. I received the Swansea University Excellence Scholarship as well as Academi Hywel Teifi’s Welsh Language Bursary for studying through the medium of Welsh. The money helped me by paying for books and allowing me to live a little more comfortably. As I knew that money was not a concern, I could fully focus on my studies. I feel extremely satisfied and relieved to have finished the course and graduated. My next step is teacher training."

Lowri Ffion Havard, BA Welsh

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"I have thoroughly enjoyed studying at Swansea University. The knowledge and expertise of the staff in the Welsh department is exceptional and there is a real family feel to the department. It has also been great to be so close to the sea! I have received a number of opportunities whilst studying at Swansea University. The Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol organised a really valuable work experience placement on my behalf at the television company Tinopolis, and I also had an opportunity to attend cynghanedd (Welsh strict metre poetry) lessons with the Bard Aneirin Karadog. I have also enjoyed being a member of the Christian Society, and this year we established a Welsh Society for the Welsh Department. I received the main scholarship from the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol as well as the University’s Merit scholarship when I came to study at Swansea University. This money has helped me a lot with transport; my family are from Wrexham and trains home aren’t cheap! Also, although the University’s libraries are exceptional, I have been able to buy my own copies of books which I can keep for a lifetime! It’s great knowing that I am graduating with a first class honours degree and to see all my hard work pay off. Three years have flown by but I intend to stay at Swansea University to complete an MA research course, specialising on Gwyn Thomas’ poetry. Who knows, I may even go on to do a PhD!"

Cerian Fflur Davies, BA Media and Public Relations

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"The greatest thing about studying at Swansea University was getting the chance to study my chosen degree scheme, Media and Public Relations, through the medium of Welsh. Whilst studying at Swansea University, I received numerous opportunities to complete work experience within the Media sector with many successful companies such as the BBC, Tinopolis and Telesgop. It’s fantastic knowing that I can now pursue a career in my chosen field and I hope to find a job with a successful media company in order to develop the skills that I have gained during the last three years."

Dafydd Jones, BA History

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"Being able to choose modules that were ideal for me through the medium of Welsh, whilst also living near to the Mumbles and the Gower, was important to me. I received many opportunities whilst studying at Swansea, and I thoroughly enjoyed the trips which were organised by the Welsh Society to Edinburgh and Dublin to watch Wales in the Six Nations Championships. I received Swansea University’s Merit Scholarship as well as Academi Hywel Teifi’s Welsh medium Scholarship. These scholarships allowed me to enjoy the various opportunities offered at the University without having to worry about money. Although I’m sad that my university experience has come to an end, knowing that I have completed my course and receieved first class honours is very rewarding. My next step is to find a job and then begin a year of traveling."

Ben Tomos Walkling, BSc Geography

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"The best thing about studying at Swansea is the University’s location – there’s a beach on your doorstep and the city is not too far away either. Being part of a friendly and helpful Geography Department made my time at Swansea more special. I was lucky to travel to Canada and India as a part of my course, to work with specialists and receive a first-hand experience of the things that I was learning about. I gained some new hobbies as a result of traveling, such as kayaking, running and singing. During my time at Swansea, I completed a beneficial work experience placement with Christian Aid and I was also a student ambassador for the Geography Department. As part of my role as an ambassador, I was required to speak to prospective students and their families, which enabled me to develop numerous skills such as public speaking. When I started at Swansea University, I received the the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol’s Incentive Scholarship and Swansea University’s Excellence Scholarship. This money helped to pay for many of my fieldwork trips, academic resources and work experience. I’m very grateful for all of the experiences and opportunities that I have received at Swansea University – I now know which path I wish to take with regards to my career. It feels strange that three years of hard work and enjoyment have come to an end but my next step is to study a postgraduate course in International Disaster Management at Manchester University."

Gwyn Aled Rennolf, BSc Mathematics

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"The best thing about Swansea University is the number of opportunities that are on offer - especially sporting opportunities. I was responsible for starting Clwb Rygbi Tawe (the University’s Welsh medium rugby club). As well as this, I joined the ‘Gym Gym’ (the Welsh Society), and was a member of the Sport Swansea Executive Committee. I am now the Sports Officer at Swansea University Student’s Union. I received the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol’s Incentive Scholarship as well as the Swansea University’s Merit Scholarship. This money was a great help as I was able to buy food, sports kit and many other things. It’s feels great that I have now graduated and, although I now work at the Students’ Union, I look forward to starting a business next."

Heulwen Davies, BSc Medical Biochemistry

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"The teaching staff are very friendly and are always available to provide encouragement and support. As a Welsh speaker, I was given the opportunity to make a video to encourage prospective students to study some of their modules through the medium of Welsh. I also took part in the School of Medicine’s Open Days where I was able to discuss my positive experiences of studying the Welsh medium modules with prospective students. I received the University’s Excellence Scholarship and, as a result of earning this money, I have not had to work during term time. This has meant that I have been able to fully concentrate on my studies. I am very happy that I succeeded in completing my degree, and delighted to have received a First. The past three years have been incredible and I have learnt so much. Choosing Swansea University was an excellent decision and I am now looking forward to starting a PhD."