Frequently Asked Questions
What are the Welsh Language Standards?
- The Welsh Language Standards set out how Aberystwyth University is expected to use the Welsh language when offering its services. The public includes staff and students as well as the general public and prospective students in Wales. The service which is provided includes the education provided to students and the administrative provision offered to students, staff and the public. There are 182 Standards that Aberystwyth University must comply with and each Standard describes how specific tasks should be carried out in Welsh. Their purpose is to explain
- the University's duties
- the rights of Welsh speakers
- ensure quality Welsh services
Why is the University implementing Welsh Language Standards?
- Like many other public bodies in Wales, including all universities, the University is required to comply with the Welsh Language Standards in accordance with the Welsh Language Measure (Wales) 2011. The Language Standards were imposed on Aberystwyth University on 1 April 2018 and they have statutory status.
What is the University’s view on this?
- The University aims to create an environment in which all members of the University and the comunity can feel at ease in their chosen language, whether it be Welsh or English, in their dealings with the University, and to understand the distinctive nature of the bilingual society in which they reside. The principles and policies relating to the use of Welsh are embodied in the Welsh Language Standards, the University Charter and the Strategic Plan of the University.
Where can I see a copy of the Language Standards?
- Should you want to see comprehensive copy of the standards please click Compliance Notice - Section 44 Welsh Language (Wales) Measure 2011 or contact the Centre for Welsh Language Services for a paper copy. The document Aberystwyth University's Welsh Language Standards describes how the University will comply with each standard.
I don’t speak Welsh so are the Language Standards relevant to me?
- The provisions of the Welsh Language Standards are relevant to all members of the University’s staff and it is important that staff adhere to the requirements of the Standards and ensure that operating according to the Standards becomes an integral and normal part of their every day work.
- The Centre for Welsh Language Services offers advice on all aspects of the Language Standards; contact us if you are not sure about any aspect.
How can I complain about a failure to comply with the Welsh Language Standards?
If you believe that the University has failed to comply with the Standards you can complain by using this form - Complaint Form. You can see our complaints procedure here - Complaints Procedure
I have an urgent message to send to a group of people on email, must I send the message bilingually?
- All correspondence to a group of people should be sent bilingually every time, and Welsh placed first or to the left of the English. The Translation Unit prioritises the translations of correspondence but if you wish to send the message immediately contact the Centre to explain the situation and to arrange a translation.
Should everything I write be available bilingually?
- Documents which are distributed widely among the members of the department, University or the public in Wales must be bilingual. The Centre can advise and support if your are not sure what you should do.
Should I answer the telephone bilingually?
- Every members of staff who is a first point of contact in a department or office should answer the telephone bilingually whether they are able to speak Welsh or not. The greeting and the name of the department should be said in Welsh first and then in English. The Guide Answering the Telephone explains the procedure which should be followed if you are unable to respond further to a call in Welsh.
What is the procedure for advertising in the media?
- All advertisements which are created by the University and which appear in the media in Wales should be bilingual with the Welsh appearing on the left to the English or above the English. The advertisement should appear in Welsh only in Welsh language publications.
Where may I find further information about Welsh classes?
- Details regarding Welsh classes may be found Learning, Improving and Mentoring Welsh
Do the Welsh Language Standards apply to third parties?
If a third party provides a service on behalf of the University then the Standards apply to them as well. See the guide on third parties - Contracts and Tenders. There is a checklist available for third parties which gives examples of possible activities where the Standards would apply - Welsh Language Standards Checklist for Third Party Providers. The Welsh Language Commissioner has also developed a guide - Bidding for Contracts and Grants: Welsh Language Considerations.
Is there support available to help me improve my Welsh language skills?
- Details regarding improving Welsh sessions may be found here.
I am a member of staff and I wish to attend Welsh classes, must I pay?
- Information regarding which staff are eligible to be considered under the fee waiver scheme may be found on the registration form Ffurflen Ffioedd Dysgu Cymraeg / Learning Welsh Fees Form 2017/18
How may I get hold of the Working Welsh yellow badge/lanyard which shows that I am able to speak Welsh or am learning Welsh?
- Contact the Centre to receive your badge/lanyard and remember to wear it, especially during the University’s open and visiting days and if you work at reception.
Where can I find help with using my computer in Welsh?
- Information Services' FAQ page answers various questions about using your computer in Welsh. Click here.