School of Education

Professor Enlli Thomas

Professor Enlli Thomas
Head of School of Education
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Enlli Thomas is the Head of the School of Education and a core member of the executive of the ESRC Centre for Research on Bilingualism in Theory and Practice. She graduated with a degree in Psychology from the Bangor University in 1996 and went on to receive a PhD in Psychology in 2001, which looked at Welsh-speaking children’s acquisition of grammatical gender in Welsh. After completing her PhD, she remained at Bangor to work as a post-doctoral researcher on an ESRC-funded study looking at Welsh-speaking children’s acquisition of mutation, gender, and grammatical categories. Since then, she has been involved as a co-author on a number of research grants in collaboration with other colleagues at Bangor University, looking at language transmission practices in the home (Welsh Language Board), cognitive effects of bilingualism across the lifespan (ESRC), developing Welsh language assessment tools (Welsh Assembly Government), Neuropsychological assessment of bilingual Welsh-English speakers (North Wales Research Committee & West Wales NHS Trust Research and Development Grants Awarding Committee) and bilingualism and dementia (North Wales Research Committee). She is also the author and co-author of a number of articles and book chapters, and co-author of a standardized tool for measuring children’s receptive vocabulary in Welsh. She recently co-edited a volume entitled “Unravelling Bilingualism: Cross-Disciplinary and Cross-Linguistic Perspectives”.


Research grants held

Teaching (and ‘other’) grants held



(i) Refereed journal articles

(ii) Refereed Chapters in Books

(iii) Books, Edited Books, and Scholarly Editions

(iv) Conference Proceedings and other publications



Year 1: Child Psychology (MO) (XAE1033) – Semester 1 (10 credits)
Seicoleg Plentyn (MO) (XAC1033) – Semester 1 (10 credits)

Year 2: Researching Childhood (MO) (XAE2033) – Semester 1 (10 credits)
Ymchwilio Plentyndod (MO) (XAC2033) – Semester 1 (10 credits)

Year 3: Iaith a Dwyieithrwydd (MO) (XAC3007) – Semester 1 (10 credits); Semester 2, 3 lectures
Language and Bilingualism (MO) (XAE3007) – Semester 1 (10 credits); Semester 2, 3 lectures

MA: Bilingualism: Research and Methods (PLP4020) – Semester 2, 3 sessions (3.5 hours)

PhD: First supervisor: 5 students (all externally funded)
Second supervisor: 3 students

2008-2011 Co-ordinator of MA in Bilingualism

Member: School of Education Ethics Board
Member: CRB Panel
Chair: Ysgol Astudiaethau trwy’r Gymraeg (School of Welsh-Medium Studies)
Member: Student Hardship Committee
Member: Programme Validation Committee
Member: Academy of Teaching Fellows
Member: University Bilingualism Committee
Member: TASIG
Member: Executive Committee
Member: ESRC Bilingualism Pathway Committee (previously co-ordinator of the MA
in Bilingualism before the development of the All Wales Doctoral Training Centre)
Member: Academic Board of the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol (nominated member)
Member: Panel Rhwydwaith Addysgu a Dysgu - CCC (nominated member)


2010 PGCertHE (merit)

1996 - 2001 Bangor University
PhD Psychology
“Aspects of Gender Mutation in Welsh”

1993 - 1996 Bangor University
BA (hons.) Psychology, 2:1
Dissertation: “The Cognitive Benefits of Bilingualism”

2011 Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
2006 Recipient of Bangor University Teaching Fellow Award
1996 Recipient of Bangor University’s Development Trust 3 year PhD Studentship, funded by Bookland.



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