University reaffirms commitment to Canolfan Bedwyr
Bangor University has reaffirmed its commitment to Canolfan Bedwyr, the University’s innovative centre for Welsh language services.
The University is currently undertaking a restructure of academic and professional service structures but has confirmed that Canolfan Bedwyr will remain an important component of its structure.
Commenting on public concerns expressed following the announcement of the restructure, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Professor Andrew Edwards, stated: “We are extremely fortunate to be able to draw on the wealth of expertise that exists within Canolfan Bedwyr and over the coming years this expertise will continue to help us deliver the goals in the University's Welsh language strategy which we are currently reviewing as part of our strategic planning.
“Through combining the Directorship of Canolfan Bedwyr with the new role of Dean of Welsh Language Development, we are ensuring that Canolfan Bedwyr will be at the very heart of the teaching, research and externally-facing Welsh medium activities of the University.”
Professor Enlli Thomas, Associate Pro-Vice Chancellor for Welsh, added: “Bangor University has a long history of excellence in research and services pertaining to the Welsh language and in research relating to the bilingual context in which Welsh exists and Canolfan Bedwyr has been instrumental in the development of these features.
“We are expanding the remit of Canolfan Bedwyr to strengthen further our support for the Welsh language throughout the University which is an exciting development, and I look forward to working closely with Canolfan Bedwyr in my new role as Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor for Welsh at the University.”
Dr Llion Jones, Director of Canolfan Bedwyr, added: “Now in its 25th year, the centre has always been at the forefront of innovation in promoting and facilitating the use of Welsh at Bangor University and beyond. As the University seeks to refresh its Welsh language strategy, we look forward to playing a pivotal role in its development and implementation”.