Inter-Collegiate Eisteddfod returns to the University of Wales Trinity Saint David

16.02.2018

There will be a special welcome for the Inter-Collegiate Eisteddfod (9-11 March) when it returns to the University of Wales Trinity Saint David after five years.

Logo Eisteddfod Rhyng-gol

The Eisteddfod will be held on Saturday, March 10th on the University’s Lampeter campus with the Sports competitions, including rugby, football and 7-a-side netball competition starting the weekend activities on Friday, March 9. Following the competition at the Eisteddfod, there will be a gig to follow on the Saturday evening where Y Cledrau, Fleur de Lys, Gwilym and DJ Garmon will be performing and entertaining the crowd.

UWTSD’s Welsh Society students have been busy arranging and preparing for the weekend. Ifan Thomas is the University’s Welsh language Society President. He said:

"In 2013 the Eisteddfod was held on our campus in Carmarthen but this year we are really looking forward to welcoming everyone to Ceredigion and the university’s campus in Lampeter. This weekend is considered one of our main social and cultural events and there is great excitement here as well as a lot of organisational work!

I would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone who has been involved with the arrangements and to all the local organisations and businesses that have sponsored the Eisteddfod this year. In particular, I would like to thank the Welsh Language Commissioner for sponsoring our gig on the Saturday evening and special thanks to Morgan and Davies, WD Lewis and Son, and Evans Bros, who are important and well-known businesses in the town and the county, for supporting the weekend. We are grateful to the Coleg Cymraeg branch at the university and Canolfan Peniarth for their support as well.

Throughout the years the Eisteddfod has been a platform to develop the talents of hundreds of students and I’m sure that this year will be no exception. So, enjoy the competition and come and enjoy the historic town of Lampeter!"

Lampeter

The campus was founded in 1822 as St David’s College to provide a liberal education to members of the clergy.  Now, as UWTSD, the academic community continues to thrive and the portfolio offered attracts an international cohort of students each year.

Gwilym Dyfri Jones, Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David said:

"We are delighted to have the opportunity to welcome students from all over Wales and beyond to UWTSD’s beautiful campus in Lampeter. The campus is in the centre of Lampeter's historic market town and is home to our Humanities provision. Here you can study subjects ranging from Anthropology and Archaeology to Chinese Studies and History. Everyone in Lampeter will be very welcome and I would like to congratulate the team that has been actively involved in all the arrangements. Special thanks must also be given to the Welsh Language Commissioner and local businesses that have been so willing to support the weekend."

The main sponsor of this year's Inter-Collegiate Eisteddfod gig is the Welsh Language Commissioner. Meri Huws said:

"On April 1st this year, students, for the first time ever, will have legal rights to use Welsh when dealing with their college or university. These include rights to letters, counselling, forms and certificates in Welsh, as well as rights to a Welsh speaking personal tutor, Welsh language meetings and submitting written work in Welsh.

The #MAEGENIHAWL gig at the Inter-Collegiate Eisteddfod will be a way of celebrating these new rights and raising students' awareness that these new rights are on the way. I wish organisers and competitors well, and look forward to hearing how the new rights will improve student experience in Wales."

For further information regarding the weekend's activities please click on the following link: https://issuu.com/rhynggol18/docs/rhestr_testunau_2018 

Further Information

For more information please contact Arwel Lloyd, Principal PR and Communications Officer, on 01267 676663 / arwel.lloyd@uwtsd.ac.uk