Welsh-Medium Teaching Gets a Boost with 100 New Lecturers on Way; AUNIVERSITYVIEW

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BANGOR University has welcomed the news that the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol, the new national institution for the development of Welsh medium education and scholarship at universities in Wales, will fund 26 new academic posts across Wales this year.

Over the next five years, the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol's academic staffing plan will lead to the appointment of over 100 new lecturers to teach through the medium of Welsh and to contribute fully to scholarship in their subject areas.

The main responsibility of these posts will be to teach though the medium of Welsh, and Bangor, as the main provider of Welsh-medium university education, is delighted to have been awarded nine of these 26 academic posts, as well as five PhD scholarships for the next academic year.

The awards are funded for up to five years and the appointed staff are expected to be in post by September 2011.

In addition to teaching and developing Welsh medium provision in their specialist fields, the new post holders will be expected to contribute to the intellectual life of Wales through research, enabling collaborative work with other universities and promoting the language within their subject area and the institution.

The posts were awarded on the basis of successful bids which outlined plans to develop Welsh medium provision across a wide range of subjects.

As a result of the awards, students at Bangor and other institutions can now look forward to a number of new modules and Welsh medium developments in subjects as varied as French, Chemistry, Music, Psychology, Social Policy, and Environmental Management. …