Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

Welsh Medium Message: Small Decline and Fall: News

Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

Welsh Medium Message: Small Decline and Fall: News

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The number of students receiving some of their teaching in Welsh fell in 2011-12, with huge differences in the language's prevalence at Wales' universities.

Figures from the Welsh government show that 4,715 students at institutions in the country were being taught in the language, a 4 per cent decrease on the previous year.

This represents 3.6 per cent of all students at Welsh universities, compared with 3.8 per cent in 2010-11.

The data, contained in the statistical bulletin Welsh in Higher Education Institutions, 2011/12, show that teaching in the language is common in some universities but virtually absent from others.

At the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (which has since merged with Swansea Metropolitan University and the University of Wales), almost a third of all students were taught in Welsh. At Bangor University the figure was 12 per cent.

Together, the institutions taught seven in 10 of all students being instructed in Welsh.

However, at the University of Wales, Newport (now merged with the University of Glamorgan), just 0. …

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