A familiar face at Wrexham Glyndwr University is set for a brand-new role exploring ways to give students more opportunities to study through the medium of Welsh.

The university has announced a major new partnership with Y Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol, with the appointment of Elen Mai Nefydd as Head of Welsh Medium Academic Development.

As part of a broader range of support, this new full-time post will provide a senior lead on developing and implementing a new strategy for expanding the provision of Cymraeg medium teaching and learning at WGU.

Glyndwr University launch new Welsh speaking programme in conjunction with Y Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol. Source: PixabayElen Mai Nefydd

She said: “I am thrilled to be starting on this new and important role, and look forward to working with colleagues to develop new ideas for how we can increase the opportunities for our students to study through Welsh and indeed recruit more Welsh speaking students.

Having been part of the academic staff at WGU for 17 years, leading the theatre degree, Elen Mai has the opportunity to use this experience in connecting with colleagues to ensure that the Welsh language is considered by all staff and prospective students at the university.

“Creating this role is a positive step for the university. It means that it is getting to grips with Welsh language provision and looking to develop options for our students here in Wales.”