Learn Welsh Awards Ceremony 2018

22 October 2018

Joint Welsh for the Family winner, Cecilia Harman
Joint Welsh for the Family winner, Cecilia Harman

Aberystwyth University’s Lifelong Learning and Learn Welsh Awards Ceremony on Monday 22 October 2018 was a celebration of the love of learning.

Held at the University’s Medrus conference centre, the annual ceremony recognised the successes and achievements of students of all ages on a wide range of lifelong learning courses.

Dr Rhodri Llwyd Morgan, Director of Welsh Language and Culture and External Relations said: “Congratulations to each and every one of our lifelong learners on their success. Embarking on a lifelong learning course is a great personal commitment, and one which also requires the support of family and friends.  

“As well as celebrating their achievements, the Lifelong Learning and Learn Welsh Award Ceremony offers learners a chance to thank the inspirational tutors who work so hard to support learners and go the extra mile to ensure their success.

Cecilia Harman and Emily Leaf were joint winners of the Welsh in the Family Award.

Both from Llandrindod, Emily has been learning Welsh for three years. Along with her partner Robin, who is also learning Welsh, and their three children who are receiving Welsh medium education, the family supported the Urdd National Eisteddfod which was held in Llanelwedd earlier this year.

Cecilia Harman also lives with her family in Llandrindod and has been learning Welsh for less than two years. Having moved to Wales from London four years ago, her sons receive Welsh medium education.

The Welsh in the Workplace Employer Award was presented to The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales.

In May 2016 the Commission moved to new offices in the National Library and has seen an increase in visitors to its library and research facility, and over the past year, seven of the Commission’s staff have been learning Welsh, including the course Welsh in the Workplace.

And the Welsh in the Workplace Employee Award was presented to a member of staff at The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales.  

David Thomas, is Head of the Commission’s Public Services and receives a £30 book token and a book from the Amdani series by Aberystwyth University publishers CAA.

The ceremony’s final award, Welsh Language Group of the Year, was presented to Grŵp Pontarfynach, which meets every Monday evening at the Hafod, Devil’s Bridge.

The award recognises the success of a group that has brought native speakers and learners together to promote the use of Welsh and £100 worth of Welsh medium resources.

The awards were presented by Dr Rhodri Llwyd Morgan, Director of Welsh Language, Culture and External Engagement at Aberystwyth University, who also presented certificates to students who have successfully completed their WJEC ‘Use of Welsh’ Entry, Foundation, Intermediate and Advanced qualifications. 

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