Press Releases 2014-2015

Efa Gruffudd Jones appointed as Chief Executive of Canolfan Dysgu Cymraeg Genedlaethol (the new national centre for learning Welsh)


The University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) is pleased to announced that  Efa Gruffudd Jones has been appointed Chief Executive of Canolfan Dysgu Cymraeg Genedlaethol (the national centre established to lead the provision of Welsh for adults and other initatives for learning Welsh). 

Following the Welsh Government’s announcement earlier this year that UWTSD would lead the development of the National Entity for Welsh for Adults, one of the initial steps taken was to advertise for an ambitious individual to develop the exciting vision that was presented as part of the Univresity’s bid.

As the current Chief Executive of Urdd Gobaith Cymru, Efa brings with her the unequivocal experience of having led and developed a national body for over ten years that has the Welsh language as a core part of its mission. 

Mr Gwilym Dyfri Jones, Associate Pro-Vice Chancellor at the University said, “This new chapter demands radical change and a leader who will be able to manage that change in a sensitive and firm manner.  As the Chief Executive of one of Wales’s most prominent Welsh institutions, Efa is a well respected individual and the University is very pleased to be able to announce her appointment to this cruicial role to the development and future of the Welsh language.”

Efa will commence her work formally in the new year but will be contributing to the process of appointing three indviduals to the centre’s directorate over the coming weeks.  Efa commented on her appointment:

There is an agreement nationally that Welsh for Adults needs to change and the opportunity to establish a national entity that will lead this work from the outset is very gratifying. I welcome the challenge and look forward to collaborating with all the partners within the field to secure the future of the Welsh language by increasing the number of learners and to ensure that more of them become fluent in the language.”

Efa will be establishing the structure and central team of staff who will be developing the University’s vision and will  address the need to determine the national strategic direction for the entire field. The first stage in that process, which has already begun, is to decide upon the new providers of Welsh for Adults.

The University of Wales trinity Saint David has developed a website in order to share information about the important developments in the field.  The website provides answers to a range of questions most likely to be asked as the work develops.

Professor Medwin Hughes, Vice-Chancellor at the University added, “I congratulate Efa on her appointment and look forward to her contribution and leadership to ensure the future of the Welsh language in Wales and further afield.  Supporting and promoting the Welsh language is fundamental to the University and it is achieved through a range of activities and services provided at a national level”.

Note to Editor

  1. For more information please contact Sian-Elin Davies, Senior PR and Communications Officer, on 01267 676908 / 07449 998 476 or via email at
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. In the summer of 2012, a Group was formed to review the Welsh for Adults in terms of attainment of learners, curriculum content, delivery structures and value for money. This document summarises the Group’s findings and recommendations for improving the provision and structures of the field in the future.

6. On December 2014, Welsh Government invited applications to take on the role of the National Entity to be responsible for the strategic development of Welsh for Adults.

7. Following an open, competitive process, the University of Wales Trinity Saint David was selected to set the national strategic direction for Welsh for Adults; to offer guidance to providers of Welsh for Adults; to raise standards of teaching and learning; to develop an appropriate National Curriculum curriculum of a high standard, and to produce high quality Resources suitable for all types of learners.

8. Following a consultation to replace the title 'National Entity for Welsh for Adults', the new, official title is Y Ganolfan Dysgu Cymraeg Genedlaethol. A new brand will be developed over the next few weeks

9. Further information about on the procedure of selecting  providers can be found on the website