Press Releases 2014-2015

Welsh for Adults Provision: University of Wales Trinity Saint David in public consultation at the National Eisteddfod

04.08.2015

During this year’s National Eisteddfod, the University of Wales Trinity Saint David will be consulting with the public on the Eisteddfod field in Montgomeryshire and the borders, to share the University’s vision for the future of Welsh for Adults provision – Yr Endid Cenedlaethol (The National Entity).  This is the body that will be responsible for developing a national strategy for the area.

Maes D, the hub for Welsh learners at the Eisteddfod, will have a designated stall between Monday and Wednesday, where the public can go to get information about the University’s vision for the provision, as well as sharing their ideas for a new name of the Endid Cenedlaethol.

As well as consulting on the name, there will be a presentation on the vision by Mr. Gwilym Dyfri Jones, Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor at the University at 3pm on Monday afternoon, August 3, 2015, in Maes D.

Dr Lowri Lloyd from Canolfan Peniarth who has been leading on the development on behalf of the University said, "This development is very exciting, and the meeting at the Eisteddfod will be a great opportunity to update all interested parties on what will happen over the coming months. We are keen to ensure that the process is open and invite extensive participation. The first step in that process will invite public views on a suitable name for the Entity and we look forward to beginning that discussion on the Eisteddfod field".

Since First Minister Carwyn Jones and Education Minister, Huw Lewis’ announcement in May this year, that the University of Wales Trinity Saint David will lead Welsh for Adults in the future, the University has appointed Dr Haydn E Edwards as Chairman of the new Entity’s Management Board, who will also be attending the meeting at the Eisteddfod.

Dr Haydn E Edwards led the recent review of the Welsh for Adults field. The report, Codi Golygon: adolygiad Cymraeg i Oedolion (the review of Welsh for Adults), includes 24 recommendations for the area in order to ensure that opportunities remain on a national level for people to become Welsh speakers. A key recommendation was to appoint a single institution to form a new body to introduce and implement a new national structure.

Dr Haydn E Edwards said, "In the coming months the new body will set a new framework for the Welsh for Adults area, with the aim of generating more fluent in Welsh annually."

The University has also developed a new website to share information about crucial developments of the area of Welsh for Adults. The website, www.maescymraegioedolion.cymru offers answers to a series of questions most likely to be asked as the area develops.

Dr Lowri Lloyd of Canolfan Peniarth added, “There are significant and far-reaching changes on the horizon and this website will communicate this process.  The website includes specific information on our priorities and what exactly the new body will do, together with details of the staffing structure and the constitution”.

If anyone has any questions, the University encourages people to visit the stand at Maes D in the Eisteddfod between Monday and Wednesday, or they can e-mail cwestiynau@cymraegioedolion.cymru.