Neuadd Pantycelyn was built in 1951, and it became a Welsh hall of residence in 1973. Since then, the building has been the focus of Welsh speaking life at Aberystwyth University and has contributed in numerous ways to promote its prosperity.

In recent years, as the need to modernise facilities at Neuadd Pantycelyn became increasingly evident, discussions developed regarding the exact nature of the dedicated Welsh-medium accommodation and social spaces that Aberystwyth University should aim to provide in future, along with a discussion regarding Pantycelyn’s role in that provision.


  • Council’s resolution - June 2015
  • Project Board
  • Independent Consultation
  • Old Bell 3's Independent Report

Report to the University's Council - June 2016

The Pantycelyn Project Board completed its report to the governing body in line with the timetable agreed in June 2015 between the Chair of the University’s Council, Sir Emyr Jones Parry, and the student representatives.

The report was considered by the Finance and Strategy Committee on 27 May 2016, and by the Council on 29 June 2016.

A copy of the report is available via the following link. Where appropriate, information of a commercially-sensitive nature has been redacted.

The Board’s report

The Council endorsed the plans to reopen Pantycelyn. Work to realise the refurbishment is now being progressed by the University Executive, with updates provided to the Project Board.

Key Milestones

On 10 November 2016, the Pantycelyn Project Board approved an indicative timetable for the refurbishment, including the key milestones, drawing on the schedule of work identified by the architects appointed for the next stage of the project.

indicative timetable for the refurbishment

Links to relevant news items

Pantycelyn Architects Appointed (

Council Endorses Plans to Reopen Pantycelyn

Pantycelyn Project Board publishes report and recommendations (

Project Board completes its report on Pantycelyn (

Pantycelyn Project Board receives Old Bell 3 report (

Consultation launched to seek opinions on Welsh-medium student accommodation (

Pantycelyn Project Board meets for the first time (

Council approves resolution on Pantycelyn  (