Aberystwyth University celebrates successes of Welsh learners

13 June 2017

The former Mayor of Aberystwyth and performer Sue Jones-Davies are among a group who have been recognized for their efforts to learn and promote the Welsh language.

The Welsh in the Family award was presented to Sue during the annual Lifelong Learning and Learn Welsh ceremony hosted by the Institute of Professional Development at Aberystwyth University held on Monday 23 October.

Originally from Pembrokeshire, Sue decided to re-engage with her Welsh after moving from London with her family to live to Aberystwyth. She now speaks Welsh with their granddaughters, and is now focused on improving her written Welsh and being able to read poetry without a dictionary.

The award was one of three to be announced at the ceremony held at the University's Medrus Conference Centre.

Brecon Beacons National Park was presented with the Welsh in the Workplace award in recognition of its effort to promote the use of Welsh amongst staff and in engaging with members of the public, and supporting staff who wish to attend Welsh courses.

And Clwb Clonc Caersws was the winner of Welsh Language Group of the Year. Since 2010 the club has brought Welsh speakers and learners together in informal ways outside the classroom, to chat and have a bit of fun, and to learn about Wales and its traditions.

Certificates for the WJEC’s Entry, Foundation, Intermediate and Advanced Welsh language examinations were presented to successful students, along with the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol's Certificate of Language Skills.

Professor Elizabeth Treasure, Vice-Chancellor of Aberystwyth, congratulated everyone on their success. She said: “As a learner myself, I can appreciate the great effort you have made to complete your exams successfully. Here at Aberystwyth University we are keen to help everyone who wants to learn or improve their Welsh, be that professionally, to support their children or for social reasons. It is therefore nice to recognize the work that the Brecon Beacons National Park is doing in this regard, and the important opportunity that Caersws Clonc Club offers to socialize in Welsh. And of course, it's lovely to recognize someone like Sue Jones-Davies who has made such a valuable linguistic contribution at home and to her local community.”

There are over 3,000 learners following Learn Welsh and Lifelong Learning courses through Aberystwyth University and its partners.