Press Releases 2014-2015

More students studying through the medium of Welsh at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David than any other Higher Education Institution in Wales

01.10.2014

Following recent statistics released by the Welsh Government regarding the Welsh language in Higher Education Institutions, the University of Wales Trinity Saint David is celebrating the fact that it has the highest number of students studying through the medium of Welsh across the whole of Wales.

This report gives us information about students who have been taught to some degree through the medium of Welsh and academic staff who can teach through the medium of Welsh across all Higher Education Institutions in Wales during the academic year 2012/13.

The University of Wales Trinity Saint David had the highest number of students (2,425) and the highest proportion of its students (20.5%) receiving their education through the medium of Welsh.  There was also an increase of 23% in the number of students receiving part of their education in Welsh at the University compared to 2011/12.

Gwilym Dyfri Jones, Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor of the University of Wales Trinity Saint David: "The Welsh language is an integral part of the University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s mission and we're very proud of the recent statistics published by the Welsh Government.  During the last few years, we have developed an ambitious strategy across the University to promote the benefits of studying in Welsh and we are pleased to see our efforts paying off.”

Gwilym Dyfri Jones continues by saying, "every faculty within the University of Wales Trinity Saint David is fully aware of the importance of teaching through the medium of Welsh as well as the importance of educating students so that they can work confidently as part of a bilingual workforce in the future.

“The University provides Welsh medium and bilingual education - not only at its campuses in Carmarthen, Swansea and Lampeter - but also in communities across Wales in collaboration with several key partners.  A significant proportion of this provision has been tailored for either part-time student or students who wish to develop professionally in various fields.”

A wide range of full and part-time courses are available to study through the medium of English, Welsh or bilingually across all of the University’s campuses ranging from Certificates of Higher Education to professional Doctorates.

The University of Wales Trinity Saint David also has a strong and active branch of the Coleg Cymraeg Cenendlaethol, developing and supporting Welsh medium provision within the institution.

For more information about the programmes offered by the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, go to www.uwtsd.ac.uk or call 0300 500 1822.

Note to Editor

1. The University of Wales Trinity Saint David was established in 2010 through the merger of the University of Wales Lampeter and Trinity University College, Carmarthen. On 1 August 2013 the Swansea Metropolitan University merged with the University.

2. The University’s Royal Charter 1828 is the oldest in Wales, and it is third behind Oxford and Cambridge in Wales and England. HRH Prince of Wales is the Patron of the University.

3. On 1 August, 2013 Coleg Sir Gâr merged with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David Group, however they will keep their own brand. Coleg Ceredigion merged with the Group on 1 January 2014.

Further Information

For more information please contact Sian-Elin Davies, Senior PR and Communications Officer, on 01267 676908 / sian-elin.davies@tsd.uwtsd.ac.uk / 07449 998476