Welsh learner shows it’s never too late to learn
68 year old student Alan Williams will have a spring in his step when he goes up to collect his BA Welsh degree today (18 July) at the Swansea University degree and award congregation held at the Great Hall, Bay Campus.
Alan has gained a 2:1 degree in Welsh. He is from CwmTawe and received his education in Pontardawe Grammar School. He studied Geology A Level and went on to complete a HND in Biology in Llandaff Technological College.
After completing his studies at Llandaff College he worked for 30 years in the tin industry in Velindre and Trostre Works as a Laboratory Technician. Following his retirement, he started studying the Welsh Language again and joined a Proficiency Course in the community for a few years – a course for individuals who wish to develop their command on the language. After completing the course he decided to make an application for Swansea University to study a degree course in the Welsh Language. He is very grateful to his Welsh tutor at the time that encouraged him to do so.
Alan has no plans for the future at the moment but who knows what the future might hold for him. He has enjoyed his time here at Swansea University and felt that his age was never an issue and he’s made great friends with other students that were on his course. Each and every one were welcoming and friendly and always ready to help him.
Alan’s achievement is a great story that shows that degree courses are not only for the young it also shows that Welsh for adult courses do create fluent Welsh speakers who develop a desire to further their studies in the language.
Alan said about his course: "What always spurred me on was my love for the beautiful Welsh language. I was given the opportunity to fulfil a dream in my own back-yard and there were many times as I approached the University that I knew that this was where I really wanted to be".