Gwilym Siôn ap Gruffudd

Gwilym Siôn ap Gruffudd
Lecturer in Education
01248 383074
Room 206, Eifionydd Building, School of Education and Human Development, College of Business, Law, Education and
Social Sciences


Gwilym Siôn's current research reflects an interest in Welsh medium language rights (and pragmatic application) within Education and Health and Social Care policies of Wales.

He has previously held senior positions at Welsh Government (Education Research), Local Government (Community Safety, Policy and Housing) and has over 18 years of teaching all levels and various areas at Grŵp Llandrillo Menai, Newport University and Glyndŵr University. He has also worked with Her Majesty's Prison and Probation Service, Youth Justice Service, Barnardo’s Cymru, SNAP Cymru, Velindre NHS Trust and NHS Wales Shared Services Partnership Cardiff as a Welsh Language Officer.


Bachelor of Theology (B.Th. Hons), Aberystwyth University
Master of Arts (M.A.) Social Research and Social Policy (ESRC recognised), Bangor University
P.G.C.E. (post-compulsory), University of South Wales
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Bangor University, - in progress


B.A. (Hons) Childhood and Youth Studies
XAE2032 The Global Child
XAE1036 Introduction to Childhood Research
XAE3023 Dissertation Supervisor

M.A. Education Studies
XME4221 Adult Learners Theory/Method
XME4021 Adult Learners Theory/Method (Delivered for MDIS Singapore)
XME4001 Research Methods in Education (Team member contributor)
XME4100 M.A. Dissertation Supervisor & Examiner

M.Res Childhood and Youth
XME4102 Dissertation Supervisor with subject expertise

P.G.C.E. Primary Q.T.S.
XTE4017 Research Project Supervisor


Ph.D. Thesis: Investigating Language Planning in North Wales Stroke Services:
Patient, Practitioner and Stakeholder Perspectives.

M.A. Thesis: A Study of Welsh Medium Education and Training within the National Offender
Management Service in North Wales.

Research Group



Total to date = £929,941.00 

Most recent:

2019 – £10,000 Barnardos Cymru, Golau Service Evaluation (Big Lottery Fund), Evidence-based need for mental health and wellbeing early intervention and prevention support at tier 2/3, for children and young people aged 8-18 years on Anglesey, Principal Investigator.

2019 – (undisclosed) Mind Cymru, Young people’s focus groups – Education and Mental Health, CARP Collaborations, Research Associate 

2019 - £9,250, ERSC Impact Acceleration Account Grant, Poverty and Learning in Urban Schools (PLUS): an exemplary case in policy advocacy nationally, transnationally and internationally, Principal Investigator  

2018 - £2,500, Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol Anti-Hunger Awareness for Youth (Ymwybyddiaeth Gwrth-newynau Ieuenctid -YGNI), Principal Investigator. 

2018 - £95,000, Welsh Government: Action Inquiry – Professional Learning Research and Development, Research Fellow  

2016 - £39,191, Regional School Improvements Consortia ERW/GwE: Poverty, Education and Attainment (for impact see: Research helps net £90 million for schools), Principal Investigator.

Publications (selected)

ap Gruffudd, G. S., Hodges. R. S. ‘The Sociology of Educational Developments and Outcomes in Wales’. Book chapter in preparation  

ap Gruffudd, G. S. (2018, September 6) Free school meal funds help pay for school trips too – but self-imposed stigma stops parents claiming, The Conversation

ap Gruffudd, G. S., Spencer, L., (2018) Mae angen dŵr a haul i dyfu: tlodi addysg wledig yng Nghymru, Gwerddon Fach

ap Gruffudd, G. S., Spencer, L., Payne, J. S., Wilde, A., Watkins, R., Jones, S. W., Thomas, E. M., Hughes, J.C., O’Connor, B. (2017) Re-thinking Educational Attainment and Poverty (REAP) – in Rural Wales.

Havrdova, E., Hutchings, J., ap Gruffudd, G.S., Williams, S.E., Williams, M., Vydra, S., Handzelová, J., Syslová, Z. (2016) Good Practice Guide to inclusive Pre-School Education in the Czech Republic, England, Slovakia and Wales, Schola Emprica Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union

ap Gruffudd G.S. (2009) Perspective Student Journal of Social Sciences Bangor University (Vol:3 Issue 1, 2009) Designing and critiquing Questionnaires

ap Gruffudd, G.S (2008) International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance (Vol: 22 Issue 6, 2008) A User Evaluation of a Local Air Ambulance Service in North Wales

Research Students

Some examples of the research projects that Gwilym Siôn has supervised as part of the M.A. Educational Studies:

  • Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening uptake in Wales: reasons why men do not attend for screening.
  • Investigating the Efficiency of Adapted Dialectical Behaviour Therapy for People with an Intellectual Disability who Physically Self Harm: Service Users, Therapists and Support Staff Perspectives.
  • An evaluation of Solution Focused Counselling within Secondary Education in North Wales.