Dr Gwenda Rhian Jones

MPhil (Wales) DPhil (Wales)

Dr Gwenda Rhian Jones
Senior Lecturer
Deputy Head of School - Director of Teaching and Learning
01248 388094
Room 110, Neuadd Ogwen

Gwenda Rhian joined the School in the mid 1980’s as a Welsh medium Sociology undergraduate on the Cymdeithaseg â Pholisi Cymdeithasol degree which was forefront of Welsh learning, the one of its kind to offer a social science degree entirely through the medium of Welsh.  After finishing postgraduate study, Gwenda has worked teaching Sociology within the School, the Coleg Normal and the Open University. Joining Research Centre Wales based at the University, Gwenda subsequently worked on 11 EU funded projects developing regional community development and language planning, working with diverse groups and key network partnerships within public and private sectors, economic development and training bodies.  

Upon return to teaching on the Welsh medium Cymdeithaseg â Pholisi Cymdeithasol degree, initiated pioneering development of Criminology and Criminal Justice modules which led to the modernisation, growth and the distinctiveness of the degree scheme, and has also developed and maintained external partnership working whilst enhancing the student experience through placement learning. Gwenda completed her PhD (Sociology and Social Policy) in 2010 based on University choice factors in choosing Welsh medium Higher Education and the reasons for choosing HE outside Wales.

Research interests reflect a diverse interdisciplinary base in the Social Sciences. Crucially these link to the promotion of the Welsh Language in a number of sectors:

  • Identifying the decisive factors in choosing Higher Education through the medium of Welsh and the reasons for choosing HE outside Wales;
  • Widening participation in HE;
  • Low job availability and recruiting problems in setting up heavy manufacturing industry in sparse rural locations as part of regional development policy in Wales;
  • Developing e-commerce and e-learning within Welsh medium broadcasting independent media producers and multimedia companies;
  • All contemporary issues relating to policing.

Jones, G.R. (2016) ‘Llafur Gwledig a Datblygiad Diwydiannol: Sefydlu Cwmni Aliminiwm Môn’, in D.Morris and H.G.Williams (Eds.) Bywyd Cymdeithasol Cymru: Trafodion Economaidd a Chymdeithasol, Urdd Graddedigion Prifysgol Cymru,  E-edition.

Jones, G.R. (2010) Factors Influencing Choice of Higher Education in Wales, Contemporary Wales, Vol 23; pp93-116.  

Jones, G.R. (2000) The Base-Line Learning Experiences of Media & Multimedia SMEs in North Wales. Report submitted to Objective 4. Unpublished.

Williams. G. and Jones, G.R. (2000) Developing University-Enterprise Training. Report submitted to DGXXII. Unpublished.


SCU1001 Sgiliau Ymchwil (20 credits, semester 1)
SCY1004 Cyflwyniad i Drosedd a Chyfiawnder (20 credits, semester 1 & 2)
SCY1003 Sgiliau Craidd yr Heddlu (20 credits, semester 2)
SCY2004 Lleoliad Gwaith Heddlu Gogledd Cymru (20 credits, Summer period & semester 1
SCU2010 Traethawd Hir – Co-ordinator (20 credits, semester 1 & 2)
SCY3004 Yr Heddlu a Chymdeithas Gyfoes (20 credits, semester 1)


SCY4001 Trosedd Fforensig (20 credits, semester 2)


Currently I am the Deputy Head of the School – Director of Teaching and Learning for the Social Sciences. I jointly deputise within and outside of the School with Professor Jane Noyes, Director of Research.

I advise and mentor PhD students either as a Chair or Member of thesis committees. I provide constructive support for two full time PhD students in this capacity within the School. One student is a Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol PhD Fellowship student studying Welsh medium language use; and a new KESS project with Mencap Cymru exploring disability hate crime.

I regularly peer review papers for International Journal of Criminology and Sociology.

Accredited Police Recruitment Assessor, Home Office.

Secretary of the University of Wales Guild of Graduates, Economics & Sociology section.

Member and Reviewer of the School of Social Sciences Ethics Committee.

Member of the School’s Special Circumstances Board.

I lead the School’s Retention Working Group.

Previous academic administrative roles include:

  • Year 2 and 3 Coordinator October 2014 – March 2015
  • Language Officer August 2010-July 2015
  • Welsh Medium Admissions Tutor 2002-11/12