Welsh Higher Education 'Provides That Bit Extra'

Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales), August 24, 2006 | Go to article overview

Welsh Higher Education 'Provides That Bit Extra'


Talented people from across Wales are promoting Welsh-medium higher education. Rhodri Meilir, who stars in the BBC comedy My Family alongside Robert Lindsay and Zoe Wannamaker, is one of the faces in a DVD released by the University of Wales.

Meilir, 27, from Mold, has a degree in drama from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, where he studied in Welsh.

The actor, who also features in two of S4C's most popular drama series, Tipyn O Stad and Caerdydd is a supporter of Welsh-medium education.

In the DVD, released by the University of Wales' Welsh- Medium Teaching Development Centre, Meilir says he didn't have to think twice about taking up the opportunity to study through the medium of Welsh.

He says, 'I went to a Welsh- medium primary school and secondary school, so going on to study through the medium of Welsh at university level just seemed the natural thing for me to do, and I haven't looked back since.

'Studying through the medium of Welsh hasn't held me back in any way. I think that Welsh gives you something else, and I'm very proud of my culture and my background.'

The DVD also features 30-year-old Trystan Bevan - fitness and conditioning coach with the Cardiff Blues rugby team.

Mr Bevan, originally from Neath, gained a degree in Welsh in Aberystwyth, before going on to study for a Masters degree in Sports Science.

He said, 'I believe that the fact that I've studied through the medium of Welsh has given me a lot more options in terms of job opportunities and career options.

'I also use Welsh on a day-to-day basis in my work with the Cardiff Blues. Players like Nicky and Jamie Robinson, Rhys Williams, Mike Phillips, and Deiniol Jones are all fluent Welsh speakers, so Welsh is spoken regularly in our training sessions, and off the field.

'The fact that Wales are now using Welsh in lineout calls in international matches has also given the language a high profile in the sport. …

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