Aberystwyth has a long tradition of teaching subjects through the medium of Welsh.  During the past few years, the University has added to the strength and depth of Welsh medium provision by appointing Welsh medium lecturers through the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol’s Academic Staffing Scheme.

The following are all Welsh medium lecturers who have been appointed through the Coleg’s Academic Staffing Scheme.  A number of other Welsh medium lecturers are also contributing to the teaching within departments:

Dr Siân Wynn Lloyd-Williams

Sian Wynn bachSiân was appointed a lecturer in Education and Childhood Studies in 2012. She has a degree in Communications from Bangor University, and before returning to higher education she worked in the media. She graduated with a BSc in Psychology with Child and Language Development from Bangor University (her second degree) in 2007. While working as a research assisstant at the ESRC Centre for Research on Bilingualism in Theory and Practice, Bangor University, she completed an MA in Linguistics in 2008. Her doctorate, on the effect of linguistic input on bilingual children's use of the response system in Welsh, in the Education Department at Bangor University, was sponsored by the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol.

Dr Rhiannedd Jewell

Rhiannedd studied modern languages (French and Italian) as an undergraduate at Oxford University, before progressing to gain an MSt and a DPhil in Italian. The focus of her doctorate was the language, identity and narrative of the work of the Sardinian author, Grazia Deledda.

Rhianedd worked as Oxford University’s Celtic Lector and as an Italian tutor while studying for her doctorate, and in 2012 she was appointed as a lecturer in Welsh at Swansea University.

Rhiannedd specialises in the areas of autobiographies and female literature and in particular, translation studies. She has a major interest in the Welsh translation of European literature works, and in 2013 Rhiannedd won the Saunders Lewis Memorial scholarship, which is funding a research project into Saunders’ translations of the French plays of Samuel Beckett and Moliere.

Dr Gareth Llŷr Evans

Gareth Llŷr EvansGareth initially studied English Literature and Theatre Studies in Bangor University before completing his MA at Aberystwyth University. In 2007, he began working for the Department of Theatre, Film and Television before becoming a full-time lecturer in 2012. During this time, Gareth completed his doctorate which focused on Hans-Thies Lehmann’s concept of the post-dramatic Theatre in conjunction with the Welsh theatre, primarily within the works of Brith Gof and their collaborators, as well as the works of Aled Jones Williams.

Sara Penrhyn Jones

Sara was appointed Welsh medium lecturer in digital media production at the Department of Theatre Film and TV in 2012.  She has a BA in English Literature from Aberystwyth University and a Diploma in Broadcasting Journalism from Cardiff University.  She has undetaken camera and production work for documentary programmes shown on S4C and BBC2 and has won BAFTA Cymru and Royal Television Society awards for her work.  She has participated in educative work and creating participatory films.   Recently, she attended the UN discussions on Climate Change using new media in order to contribute to broadcasting culture and more direct campaigning.  Her work in this field is truly interdisciplinary, combining the arts, international politics and the sciences.

Dr Rhun Emlyn

Rhun is a medieval historian, with special research interests in ecclesiastical and political history, in addition to Welsh history.  His doctorate, which was sponsored by the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol, focused on medieval Welsh students, their careers and influences on Welsh and European society. He teaches Welsh history and Medieval history at the Department of History and Welsh History. He was appointed Welsh medium history lecturer in September 2011. Emlyn, Rhun

Robert Bowen

Robert BowenRobert studied Modern Languages at Cardiff University and during his time as an undergraduate student, he spent a year under the ERASMUS scheme studying abroad at Heidelberg University in Germany and Nantes University in France. After completing his degree, Robert returned to France where he worked as an English teacher in Nantes University, and during his time there, he taught English to local workers who were associated with nearby international companies.

Robert completed a Masters Course in 2011 at the Audencia Nantes School of Management. He returned to Wales where he worked in the marketing sector for Scarlets Rugby in Llanelli. In 2013, he came to Aberystwyth University to begin studying for his doctorate degree. Robert specialises in the areas of international marketing, business strategy, the management of small businesses and international entrepreneurship, as well as focusing on the internationalism of small and medium sized enterprises (SME’s) in the food and drink industry.

Dr Catrin Edwards

Catrin EdwardsCatrin studied at Cardiff University, gaining a BA (Joint Honours) in Welsh and French, and an MSc (Econ) in European Governance and Public Policy.

Catrin worked for three years as a European policy officer at the Welsh Language Board before beginning her doctorate studies in 2010. Catrin was also a bilingual publishing officer at the Basic Skills Agency and a researcher at BBC Wales’ education department.

Catrin had the opportunity to spend time overseas as a guest researcher in 2012 and 2013 at UQAM (Université du Québec à Montréal) University in Montreal, and Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona, and in January 2014 she became a post-doctorate research fellow in the Political Studies Department at the University of Ottawa.

Catrin has a major interest in immigration policies, as well as multiculturalism and multilingualism, as well as regional and minority languages.

In 2014, she accepted her doctorate in the field of Language Policy and Education from the International Politics department of Aberystwyth University.

Dr Brieg Powell

Brieg Powell bachBrieg joined the International Politics Department in January 2013 where he lectures through the medium of Welsh. Orignially from Swansea he studied for a degree in History and Politics in Exeter University. He went on to complete a masters degree in the Politics of the Middle East and a doctorate on the efforts of the European Union to promote democracy in Tunisia and the Mediterranean in the same institution. Brieg was a teaching fellow in Exeter University before joining Plymouth University as a lecturer in International Politics in 2008.

Dafydd Llywelyn

Dafydd-LlewelynDafydd takes interest in all aspects of policing and criminology. After graduating, and working for some time as a buying officer with SONY manufacturing UK, he joined the Dyfed Powys Police force, working in auxiliary roles.

He began working as a statistician and then as an analyst, and he became Dyfed Powys Police’s Head Analyst in 2007. His expertise is in the field of intelligence, and he assisted with a number of investigations, including those into murder and drug provision. As the Head Analyst and team manager, Dafydd was responsible for creating the framework and policies for the intelligence department, and in 2012 the department was shortlisted for the Virgin Media/Guardian Innovation Nation Award for creating a new computing system for Dyfed Powys Police’s intelligence.

In 2015 Dafydd was Highly Commended in the New Staff Member of the Year category at the annual Student Led Teaching Awards (STLA’s).

Ffion Llewelyn

Ffion LlewelynFfion studied Law at Aberystwyth University, gaining a first class degree in 2009. She gained a Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol scholarship to fund her further studies within the legal field, and Ffion studied for her Master’s degree research training before beginning her doctorate in 2010. Since then, Ffion has been a post-graduate tutor, and she is now a Welsh medium lecturer in the Department of Law and Criminology.

Ffion’s primary field of interest is the Criminal Law, and her doctorate focuses on the protection of self-defence as well as the use and possession of offensive weapons.

Dr Sharon Huws

Llun o Sharon Huws bachSharon was born and raised on a farm in Cardigan. She graduated with a degree in Zoology, before going on to gain a masters and then PhD qualification.  She completed her PhD which studied the interactions of protozoa with bacterial communities early in 2003, before moving on to a post-doctorate at the University of Bath, where she researched protozoan interactions with pathogens. She returned to Aberystwyth to work as a rumen microbiologist at the Institute for Grassland and Environmental Research (IGER).  IGER was merged with Aberystwyth University in 2008, to create the Institute for Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS), and Sharon and her team, specialise in the molecular biology of the rumen. She uses the latest technology, including genomics, metagenomics and metatranscriptomic analysis of micro-organisms’ functions in the rumen in order to ensure the availability of meat and milk of the highest quality for the future. Sharon has published over 30 papers in the area of animal science and has gained over £200k in funding to sustain research in this field. In 2012, Sharon was appointed Welsh medium lecturer in Animal Science at IBERS. Further reading…

Dr Hefin Williams

 Hefin is a Welsh medium Agri-Environmental lecturer and his research interests focus on climate modelling of veterinary and agricultural pathogens, bovine tuberculosis and spatial habitat suitability modelling.  A farmer’s son from Machynlleth, the countryside is an integral part of his life.  After graduating and gaining a PhD he is now a lecturer at IBERS and is active in developing new Welsh medium provision and resources.

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Dr Wayne Aubrey

Wayne AubreyWayne graduated from Aberystwth University in Biochemistry and then went on to the University of Exeter to study MSc Bioinformatics. He returned to Aberystwyth University in 2008 to complete his doctorate, and he worked on the successful project, Robot Scientist with Professor Ross King and Mike Young, which was published in the Science periodical in 2009.

Wayne continued to work in Aberystwyth University for the next two years as a post-doctorate researcher where he developed an interest in biological systems. He was then appointed as a research associate in the Centre for Integrative Systems at the University of Manchester.

Wayne’s primary areas of interest and expertise are bioinformatics, biological systems and molecular biology. He is also a member of the Department of Computer Science’s Bioinformatics and Computational Biology group.

Dr Rhys Dafydd Jones

Rhys was one of the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol’s research scholarship holders which came to an end in 2011. He specialises in Political Geography and the topic of his research thesis was 'Diversity’ and ‘Inclusion’?: in Wales and Québec in the wake of the war on terrorism.

He was appointed as a Welsh medium Geography lecturer in September 2011.  Further reading...

Dr Cerys Jones

Cerys Jones bach Cerys is a Welsh medium lecturer in the field of Geography. Originally from Llanybydder she studied Geography and Mathematics in Aberystwyth University.  Her doctorate, sponsored by the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol, on the effects of historical extreme weather on the communities of south-west Wales between 1846 and 1947 was completed in 2012 as was her Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education. Following a period as a Research Assisstant at the University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies on the project 'The Snows of Yesteryear' Cerys joined the Institute of Geography and Earth Studies in February 2013. Cerys is very interested in the activites of the young farmers' club and she has been the secretary of Gorsgoch Agricultural Show and Llanwenog Young Farmers' Club since 2009.

Dr Huw Morgan

Huw is an astronomer who specialises in the sun, and his work consists of analysing observations of the sun’s corona.  He’s a prominent figure in the Eclipse scientific team – worldwide leaders in this scientific field. After a period of working at the Institute for Astronomy (IfA), University of Hawaii, he returned to work in Wales as a Welsh medium Physics lecturer at IMAPS.

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Dr Tudur Davies

Tudur is a Welsh medium Mathematics lecturer at IMAPS, and was appointed in 2012.  His main research interest is modelling rheological response of complex liquids such as foams, by using numerical emulation. He specialises in modelling the interaction of liquid foams with solid objects; work which has implications for industrial processes such as mineral separation and oil extraction from rocks.

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Dr Owen Thomas

Owen Thomas
Owen is a lecturer at the School of Education and Lifelong Learning and his research fields include literature critique, translation theories in addition to Welsh Medieval poetry.  He was a lecturer at the University of Wales Lampeter and Swansea University before taking up this post to develop a Welsh medium scheme for part time students.

From September 2013 Aberystwyth University will be offering a unique Welsh medium distance learning provision for students who wish to study part time.  A number of qualifications and routes will be available for individuals.  Students will be taught on-line and students on some modules will be able to attend residential courses.  For more information contact Dr Owen Thomas


National posts

The Branch also hosts two national prohects funded by the Coleg:

  • Science Development Officer

The Edward Llwyd project works in collaboration with universities throughout Wales to maintain and extend the range of Welsh medium provision available to those studying the sciences.  These subjects include STEM subjects in addition to geography, agricultural & environmental disciplines.  For further information about the opportunities available to study the sciences through the medium of Welsh contact Ffion Hughes

  • Social Sciences Development Officer

The Development Officer contributes to the exciting development in Welsh medium academic provision in the Social Sciences (which includes Law, Politics, Social Sciences and Philosophy).  The Officer will closely collaborate with officers from the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol on a range of activities and projects which arise from the subject development plans and project schemes within these disciplines.  For further information contact Siôn Jobbins.