In the future, students at Bangor University will be able to obtain Welsh language degrees primarily online, with the Welsh department saying they were building on their experience of teaching online during the pandemic.
From September 2022 new students will be able to take a large part of their MA and BA Welsh and Professional Welsh courses online.
Dr Aled Llion Jones, head of the Welsh and Celtic studies department, said it would open up the degree to those who had considered studying one but had not found the time to be physically present at university during the day.
It would build on their experiences gained during the COVID-19 pandemic to allow new students to study without having to follow a strict schedule, he said.
“It’s great that nearly all students are back on campus now, and we look forward to welcoming new students to Bangor each September for decades to come,” he said.
“However, we are aware that not everyone can attend the conferences and seminars in person. Some people find it difficult to travel, while others have work or family obligations, for example.
“That’s why we decided to offer our MA and BA (Cymraeg and Cymraeg Proffesiynol) online from September. This allows people of all ages and backgrounds who can benefit from our courses, to study full-time or part-time in a way that suits them.
“We welcome students looking for a new challenge, people who plan to go back to school or who are considering a professional retraining. The Professional Welsh BA is particularly suitable for people wishing to gain additional qualifications to develop their career.
A special coffee morning for anyone interested in studying for the degree takes place at 11:00 a.m. on May 14 and June 1.
Sessions will be streamed live for those unable to travel to Bangor, following the same pattern as the new course offering at Bangor University.
The department has hired a new lecturer to support this new start. Dr. Elis Dafydd himself studied at the department and he looks forward to the job.
He explained: ‘What attracted me to Bangor as a student was the opportunity to take an interesting course which gave insight into the history and literature of the Welsh language and be taught by specialists in their field.
“I know from experience how interesting the modules are and what basis the course offers for the world of work. Putting the course online and therefore accessible to a greater number of people is an important and exciting step.
“Of course deciding to take a university course is a big decision, part of my role is to ensure that full support is available for new students and to ensure that they have a great experience.”
Those planning to attend in person or online or who have questions or inquiries should contact Dr. Elis Dafydd via email.
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