Swansea lecturer credited with making a significant difference to students’ university life


A Swansea University lecturer who provided immeasurable support to his students has been awarded a prestigious award from Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol.

Dr Gethin Thomas, a lecturer in biosciences at Swansea University, received the student award at the tenth anniversary ceremonies at Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol in Carmarthen on July 13.

The Student Prize gives Welsh language students the opportunity to nominate a lecturer who has made a significant difference to their university life.

According to their nominations, the support Dr Thomas gave to a student during a difficult time was described as “immeasurable”, while another student praised Dr Thomas for his excellent Welsh teaching which helped them. allowed to appear on BBC Radio Cymru and S4C – opportunities they would not have had had they not studied in Welsh.

Created in 2011, the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol leads the development of Welsh language and bilingual education and training in the post-compulsory sector in Wales.

On receiving the award, Dr Thomas said: “It is an honor and a privilege to win the Student Award from Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol, and even more so because I was nominated by the students themselves. It is encouraging to know that students see the value of the Welsh language offer in biosciences and feel that they are getting the support they need to continue their studies bilingually. I am extremely grateful for this recognition. »

Dr Ioan Matthews, Chief Executive of Coleg Cymraeg, said: “The winners deserve so much praise and recognition for their brilliant academic work, but also for encouraging and supporting their peers and colleagues at universities, colleges and places to be proud of their Welsh language and in doing so raise the profile of the Welsh language within their institution.

“I am delighted that we were able to organize an in-person event tonight to celebrate the commitment of our learners, students and teachers. They have been central to Coleg’s success over the decade and we are truly proud of their success over the past year.

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