Press Releases 2014-2015

The University of Wales Trinity Saint David reveals the name of Carmarthen’s new Welsh Language Centre

22.04.2015

The University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) has today revealed that Carmarthen’s new Welsh language Centre will be called ‘Yr Atom’.

In December of last year, UWTSD was awarded a grant of £300,000 by the Welsh Government to buy a building that would enable the University to establish a Welsh Centre in the town centre.

The University went on to purchase the ‘Carmarthen Journal’ building on King Street and is currently in the process of renovating and decorating the space.  It is hoped that ‘Yr Atom’ will be ready to be officially opened at the end of May.

The University’s aim for the building to be at the centre of all Welsh language activities in the town and the name reflects this aspiration.

“We chose the name – Yr Atom – as it reiterates that fact that we want the centre to be at the core of Carmarthen’s Welsh language provision,” says Gwilym Dyfri Jones, Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor at UWTSD and the person leading the project on behalf of the University.

“In Welsh, Atom can also mean ‘towards us’ which is very fitting as we want everyone with an interest in the Welsh language to come to the centre to socialize and learn in a Welsh environment,” continues Gwilym Dyfri Jones.

“We ultimately want to develop a bilingual Carmarthen and ensure the Welsh language is more visible and audible around the town.  Hopefully, Yr Atom will help us realise this aim,” he adds.

UWTSD held a public meeting in January and invited people from Carmarthen and the surrounding areas to discuss their ideas and to learn more about the University’s vision for new Welsh Language Centre in Carmarthen.

Local residents, organisations and societies were encouraged to share their views at the meeting and were also urged to note suggestions of what they’d like the centre to offer online as well as on twitter.

The Centre will be a resource for the town as a whole and the University is determined that it will offer the kind of activities and facilities that will benefit the local people.

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@uwtsd.ac.uk / 07449 998476