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Nia Parry, Television Presenter and Language Tutor

"Being able to speak Welsh has been essential in my career and my personal development. My time at Swansea University was very special. Coming from the north, I had never been to Swansea before, but I came here for an open day and fell in love with the place! I got to study Welsh and live my life through Welsh but I also got to experience the excitement of the city. Perfect!"

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Jason Mohammad, journalist and television presenter

"I studied for a BA degree in Welsh and Politics at Swansea University from 1992 to 1996. After completing a diploma in Journalism, I began working for the BBC in 1997. I now present some of the biggest sporting events in the world for the BBC, on radio and television, including the results programme, Final Score, on BBC1. I also present a morning programme on BBC Radio Wales.

"I have fantastic memories of my time in Swansea. I met some amazing people and made lifelong friends. But, most important of all were the staff of the Welsh Department; they - without a doubt - gave me the foundations for a career in journalism and broadcasting in Wales. I have very fond memories of Monday afternoon lectures with Professor Hywel Teifi Edwards, when he would guide us through the literature of the 18th and 19th centuries in his own inimitable way!

"Swansea is a great place to study: you've got lecturers who are interested in their students, brilliant fellow students, high quality sports - and the social life is second to none. Where else could you revise on the beach? Swansea is also a great place to use your Welsh. As someone who comes from a second language background, I needed to be with first language speakers, and we would be encouraged to use our Welsh, not only on campus, but also in town and in our social lives.

"Swansea University is one of the best in Wales and the UK, and being part of such a fantastic institution, and so close to the beach on one side and the city on the other, was a very special experience."

Catrin Heledd Richards

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PhD student at Academi Hywel Teifi

"I remember visiting Swansea University when I was in school and thinking how friendly everyone was. I knew immediately that I would thrive and develop in the Welsh Department as it's such a welcoming department. I have now graduated and am studying for a PhD in the Department on Mae Theomemphus yn Hen (1977) by the Chief Bard, Dafydd Rowlands.

"I have had a lot of support in my postgraduate studies. The University plays a key role in this by providing a programme of very helpful sessions which develop the skills essential for completing a postgraduate degree. Within the Welsh Department, the support of the lecturers, together with their expertise in their fields, ensures that all students are able to develop and succeed.

"And after finishing university? Because of the varied nature of the undergraduate course and the additional skills I acquired through studying at postgraduate level, I know that the range of careers open to me in the future is very wide. I will have fond memories of days spent with my fellow students in the heat of the mid-day sun and unforgettable moonlit nights. Kayaking on the open sea and looking back towards the city is an amazing experience!"

Lauren Evans

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Undergraduate BA Welsh student

"Where else in Wales, or in the UK, could you study in a university where you've got the city centre and the beach on your doorstep? Although the campus is big, you feel at home in Swansea University because you've got all you need in the one place for living, studying, shopping, socialising and taking part in sport.

"There's more to studying for a Welsh degree than learning the language. There are a variety of modules available, which means you can learn about subjects like Wales and its history, its institutions and its media for example. The modules appeal to all sorts of people and the classes are small, which gives you a chance to get more attention and help from the lecturers. You'll meet people on your course who will be friends for life! During the course, I've developed a great interest in literature as these modules give you a chance to appreciate, analyse and compare texts whilst you study their language, content and style in detail."


Alan Williams

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Undergraduate BA Welsh student

"I'm not your 'average' student! I worked for about 30 years as a lab technician in the tinplate industry at the Felindre and Trostre works before returning to education. I started attending Advanced Welsh classes in the community - and then I decided to apply to study for a degree in Welsh.

"The Welsh Department staff are friendly, supportive and knowledgeable! The course gives you a chance to have a taste of Welsh literature and history as well as acquiring written and oral skills. The aspects of the language itself are what appeals to me most about this degree course, but I had insights about how to appreciate literature as well.

"Although I was a bit worried at the beginning about being a lot older than my fellow students, I have to say that all the students in my year have been incredibly welcoming, friendly and helpful at all times. They're all good people!" 

Rachel Moses

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Undergraduate BA Welsh student

"The word I would use to describe my academic career here is DISCOVERY. I have discovered new friends and have met some amazing people. I know that I'll always make an effort to keep in touch with them in the future. I've also discovered a lot of educational aspects of the Welsh language. I am more confident of my knowledge now and I love grammar and poetry lectures. The whole experience has been a discovery.

"I went to Aberystwyth University for a fortnight but I realised that Aberystwyth wasn't the place for me. I decided to move to Swansea University and I can honestly say that was the best decision of my life! I chose to come to Swansea as I was full of admiration on the open days and the lecturers were kind and enthusiastic. I love Swansea city and going to the beach. The area is beautiful."