Press Releases 2014-2015

The University of Wales Trinity Saint David announces Key Appointments to the Canolfan Dysgu Cymraeg Genedlaethol

23.11.2015

The University of Wales Trinity Saint David has pleasure in announcing three key appointments to the Canolfan Dysgu Cymraeg Genedlaethol.

Three distinct directorates will provide direction to the Canolfan's work and the following individuals have been appointed to lead them:

Dona Lewis (Systems Directorate)

Helen Prosser (Strategic Directorate)

Hannah Thomas (Marketing and Communications Directorate)

All three possess a wealth of experience in their respective fields.

Dona Lewis is currently the Deputy Chief Executive of Mudiad Meithrin and has been responsible for the organisation's quality systems, human resources and financial procedures for a number of years. Her role will be key to building the infrastructure of the new organisation and she will also deputise for the Chief Executive.

Helen Prosser is well known in the Welsh for Adults sector and is currently Director of the Morgannwg Welsh for Adults Centre. Her vast experience and throrough knowledge of the sector will be crucial to the work of steering the future direction of provision.

Hannah Thomas has many years of experience in public relations and marketing. During her career, she has been a Senior Press Officer in the Welsh Government and Head of Press and Information in S4C. Her background and many connections will be vital to the work of ensuring engagement and involvement of learners and other wide stakeholders to the work of Y Ganolfan.

Efa Gruffudd Jones, the Chief Executive of Y Ganolfan Dysgu Cymraeg Genedlaethol, said: “I am delighted that we have appointed such talented individuals who are keen to do their level best for the Welsh language and for learners of the language. I am looking forward very much to working with the new team and starting this work.”

Hannah will start formally in her role at the end of November with Dona and Helen taking up their posts at the start of February. All three will be working with Efa at the office of Y Ganolfan Dysgu Cymraeg Genedlaethol at the Carmarthen Campus of the University of Wales Trinity Saint David.

Gwilym Dyfri Jones, Associate Pro Vice Chancellor of the University said:

“These appointments are totally essential for the Ganolfan and the University is convinced that a team which contains the best possible combination of skills has been brought together. Under Efa's leadership, the work streams of y Ganolfan will be directed in a responsible and exciting way for the benefit of the learner and the aim of increasing the number of people who speak Welsh at the heart of all it does.”

The University has developed a new website in order to share information about all the important events in the sector. The website www.maescymraegioedolion.cymru provides answers to a series of questions which are most likely to be asked about the development work.

Note to Editor

For more information please contact Sian-Elin Davies, Senior PR and Communications Officer, on 01267 676908 / 07449 998 476 or via email at sian-elin.davies@uwtsd.ac.uk
2. During summer 2012, a Group was established to review Welsh For Adults in terms of learner attainment, curriculum content, delivery structures and value for money. This report pulls together the findings of the Review Group and its recommendations for improving provision and the sector's future structures.
http://gov.wales/topics/educationandskills/allsectorpolicies/welshmededuca/welsh-for-adults/national-entity-responsible-for-wfa/?skip=1&lang=en
3. In December 2014, applications were invited to undertake the role of the National Entity to be responsible for the strategic development of the Welsh for Adults Sector by the Welsh Government.
http://gov.wales/topics/educationandskills/allsectorpolicies/welshmededuc a/welsh-for-adults/national-entity-responsible-for-wfa/?skip=1&lang=en
4. Following an open competitive process, the University of Wales Trinity Saint David were appointed to set the national strategic direction for Welsh for Adults; to provide leadership for Welsh for Adults providers; to raise the standards of teaching and learning in Welsh for Adults and to develop a high-quality appropriate national curriculum and to produce suitable resources for all types of learners.
http://www.uwtsd.ac.uk/news/press-releases/press-releases-2014/welsh-government-appoints-the-university-of-wales-trinity-saint-david-to-lead-welsh-for-adults-provision-across-wales.html
5. Following consultation to replace the title 'National Entity for Welsh for Adults', Y Ganolfan Dysgu Cymraeg Genedlaethol was designated as the official title. A new brand for the sector will be developed during the coming weeks.
6. Further information about these and other developments relating to Welsh for Adults is available on the website: http://maescymraegioedolion.cymru/