Aberystwyth University at the National Eisteddfod
01 August 2017
Aberystwyth University is offering a full programme of events on its stand at the 2017 National Eisteddfod of Wales which takes place on Anglesey from 4-12 August.
The range of talks and discussions will include bubbles and the mathematics of traveling home, the female criminals of Wales, the challenges faced by health providers in rural areas, and the implication of the great snow of 1947.
There will also be an opportunity to hear more about the University’s plans for the Pantycelyn Welsh medium hall of residence, and the Old College (7 August), which has recently been awarded a major grant by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Two new books will be launched during the week, including a volume on Evan James Williams, one of Wales’ leading 20th century scientists who discovered the meson whilst working in the Old College at Aberystwyth.
On Tuesday 8 August, the University will launch an innovative BA degree in Film-making which has been developed by the Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies in conjunction with experienced film producer Huw Penallt Jones.
On Wednesday 9 August, alumni come together for the popular annual reunion, and on Friday 11 August the stand will provide a stage for the talents of current students as the Welsh Language Students’ Union UMCA hosts the ‘Awr Fawr’.
Two members of staff will also deliver lectures during the week at other locations on the Eisteddfod maes.
On Monday 7 August at 14:00, Professor Iwan Morus from the Department of History and Welsh history will give a lecture entitled Back to the Future: A New Past for the Fuel Cell in the Cymdeithasau 1 pavilion.
On Tuesday 8 August at 10:45am, Dr Eryn M White from the Department of History and Welsh History will deliver a lecture entitled Around the World Four Times and More: the travels and workd of Williams Williams Pantycelyn. The lecture takes place in the literature pavilion, Y Babell Lên.
Pro-Vice Chancellor of Aberystwyth University, Dr Rhodri Llwyd Morgan said: “We are delighted that once again this year we have a full and varied programme of events at the National Eisteddfod tackling some of the challenges facing Wales today, as well as more light-hearted and entertaining activities so there’s something for everyone. There will also be an opportunity to get the latest advice on the broad range of courses offered at Aberystwyth University, as well as our new Welsh Study Scholarships which are on offer from September 2018 and which will be worth up to £250 per year, per student. Call in to find out more.”
Aberystwyth University at the National Eisteddfod of Wales 2017
Saturday 5 August
14:00 Have your picture taken with the Guinness PRO12 trophy!
As part of their ‘trophy tour’ we are delighted to confirm that the Scarlets will be showcasing the Guinness PRO12 trophy on our stand. Aberystwyth University in partnership with the Scarlets Rugby club promoting the ‘Healthy Eating Initiative’.
Monday 7 August
9:30 What's the shortest way home?
Come and see how bubbles (yes, bubbles!) can be used to solve complex mathematical problems, including the problem of finding the shortest way home, with Dr Tudur Davies from the Mathematics Department.
10:30 Legislation, regulation, promotion – how to reach a million Welsh speakers?
Panel discussion with Meri Huws, the Welsh language commissioner and others chaired by Rhys Evans from Ateb.
12:00 Pantycelyn 2019
An opportunity to see the architectural plans for the renewal of Pantycelyn residential halls and to hear more about the development in the company of Gwerfyl Pierce Jones, chair of the Project Board.
14:00 Breathing new life into the Old College
A look back at the history of the iconic Old College, and a chance to find out more about the plans to develop the building for the future.
15:00 Book launch Perfformio’r Genedl: Ar Drywydd Hywel Teifi Edwards
A panel discussion chaired by Dr Anwen Jones (Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies) to launch the volume Perfformio’r Genedl: Ar Drywydd Hywel Teifi Edwards’ (University of Wales Press, 2017)
16:00 The Crowning Ceremony
Join us to watch the Crowning on our big screen over a cuppa and cake.
Tuesday 8 August
10:30 The launch of a new BA scheme: Film Making
Join the Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies for the launch of a new BA degree scheme which meets the needs of film making in the twenty-first century. The course has been designed by Huw Penallt Jones and in this session Huw will be sharing his experiences of working in the world of film.
12.30 Meet the Students: Welsh Horizons
An entertaining session showcasing the talents of some of the undergraduate and postgraduate students from the Department of Welsh and Celtic Studies', with Marged Tudur, Miriam Elin Jones and others.
14:00 Sgragsabia! A storytelling session from the 'Sgragan' Series with Mair Tomos Ifans.
Sgragsabia! Join CCA Cymru and Mair Tomos Ifans as she reads from the Sgragan series. Come and join us for a fun-filled session for the whole family.
15:30 From Wales to Botany Bay: Female Criminals from Wales
Dr Lowri Cunnington Wynn, lecturer in criminology at Aberystwyth Law School, examines the colourful history of Welsh female prisoners.
Wednesday 9 August
10:30 Book launch Evan James Williams (University of Wales Press, 2017)
Launch of a fascinating and revealing volume on one of Wales' foremost scientists of the twentieth century, and the greatest Welsh physicist ever, Professor Evan James Williams. Author, Rowland Wynne, will discuss the man and his work in a conversation with Gareth Ffowc Roberts.
11:30 Workshop on Language Planning and Policy
An informal session to share experiences from projects on work (practical or research) in the area of language planning. The session will be led by Dr Huw Lewis and Dr Elin Royles from the WISERD Centre for Welsh Politics and Society.
14:00 Aber Reunion
Did you study at Aber? Join us at the stand for light refreshments and an opportunity to swap memories with old friends. All welcome.
Thursday 10 August
10:30 Rural Health: What are the challenges?
Dr Rachel Rahman of the Centre for Excellence in Rural Health Research will be presenting research undertaken with the Hywel Dda and Powys Health Boards on the challenges of rural health care.
12:00 Annual E G Bowen Lecture: ‘Eira 1947: 70 mlynedd o gofio’
Dr Cerys Jones from the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences will look back at the implications of the great snow of 1947.
15:00 "Translation Challenge 2017" - Award Ceremony
Announcing the winner of the 2017 Translation Challenge - a translation of a poem by Nazim Hikmet from Turkish to Welsh. The Challenge is set by Wales Literature Exchange (Aberystwyth University) in collaboration with PEN Cymru, Swansea University, the Society of Welsh Translators and Interpreters, Literature Across Frontiers and the Welsh Government's Creative Europe Help Desk (European Union).
Friday 11 August
12:00 Professional Translation Studies
Join us for a cuppa and conversation about the postgraduate Professional Translation Studies course. There will also be a translation treasure hunt and a chance to win a voucher worth £35!
14:00 University Challenge Grand Quiz
A fun quiz between University staff and students under the care of the quizmaster Dr Russell Davies.
15:30 UMCA Summer Reunion
A chance for current UMCA students to catch up on this summer's adventures.
16:30 The Chairing Ceremony
Join us to watch the Chairing on our big screen over a cuppa and cake.
Also on the maes during the week:
Sunday 6 August
13:00 Drama Shed
Er Cof A performance by four students from the Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies
Monday 7 August
14:00 Cymdeithasau 1 pavilion
Professor Iwan Morus from the Department of History and Welsh history will give a lecture on Back to the Future: A New Past for the Fuel Cell.
Tuesday 8 August
10:45am Y Babell Lên
Dr Eryn M White from the Department of Histoy and Welsh History will deliver a lecture entitled Around the World Four Times and More: the travels and work of Williams Williams Pantycelyn.
Wednesday 9 August
A selection of winning films by students from the University's Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies.