A Welsh Language campaigner is claiming that the University of Wales Trinity St David  has not honoured its commitments ‘allegedly’ made as part of the bid to secure a platform from education into the media sector with the opening of Yr Egin for S4C later this year.

The campaigner who did not wish to be named said that they were concerned that there were no Welsh language media / performance related courses running (or scheduled to run) in Carmarthen despite the scheduled opening of Yr Egin for S4C later this year.

The campaigner said that they understood that the initial bid was based on securing a platform from education and training into the media sector. They asked “If so why aren’t any Welsh language courses – despite having had 3 years to plan?”

The campaigner claims that the only Welsh language performance course has been moved from Carmarthen to Cardiff – despite winning the bid for S4C to move facilities and opportunities from Cardiff to West Wales. They said that they could not understand the logic behind this decision.

The campaigner claims that the  BA Perfformio course is run in rented accommodation in Cardiff and wanted to know what the running costs per pupil of this course is compared to the English language BA Acting course in Carmarthen.

They also raised concerns that  ‘Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol’ are allegedly funding two compatible Welsh language courses in Cardiff – with no provision in West Wales and that the English language BA Acting course received a 50% funding cut – with investment for the Cardiff provision. Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol dispute this.

We contacted the University of Wales Trinity St David to put the campaigner’s questions to them.

Why are there no Welsh language media / performance related courses running (or scheduled to run) in Carmarthen despite the scheduled opening of The Egin for S4C later this year. We understand that the bid was based on securing a platform from education and training into the media sector. Is this correct. If so why aren’t any Welsh language courses – despite having had 3 years to plan?

The University has exciting plans to extend its provision of programmes in the creative arts and is working with industry partners to launch a new portfolio of Welsh medium and bilingual provision across its campuses. In particular, a new portfolio will be launched in due course at its Carmarthen campus linked to Creative and Digital media cluster of Yr Egin.

The only Welsh language performance course has been moved from Carmarthen to Cardiff – despite winning the bid for S4C to move facilities and opportunities from Cardiff to West Wales. Could we ask what the logic behind this decision was?

As part of its strategy to develop a portfolio of Welsh medium and bilingual programmes, the University established an innovative two-year degree programme in 2015. The BA Perfformio has received excellent support from students and the creative industries alike and students numbers are growing each year.

We understand that the BA Perfformio course is run in rented accommodation in Cardiff. Could you tell us what the running costs per pupil of this course is compared to the English language BA Acting course in Carmarthen?

We are unable to disclose commercially sensitive information.

Why are ‘Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol’ funding 2 compatible Welsh language courses in Cardiff – with no provision in West Wales?

This is a matter for Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol to offer a response.

We contacted Cymdeithas yr Iaith to ask for their views regarding the claims.

Dywedodd Toni Schiavone, cadeirydd grŵp addysg Cymdeithas yr Iaith:

Mae gwir yn rhyfedd nad yw’r Brifysgol yn darparu cyrsiau cyfrwng Cymraeg o’r math yng Nghaerfyrddin. Gyda phencadlys newydd S4C yn agor yn y dref eleni, dylen nhw fod yn edrych ar y cyfleoedd sy’n dod yn sgil hynny. Rydyn ni’n pwyso ar fwyfwy o gyrff symud swyddi allan o Gaerdydd er lles economaidd ac ieithyddol cymunedau ledled y wlad, ac mae’n rhaid i sefydliadau addysg ymateb i’r cyfleon sy’n dod gyda hynny.

Toni Schiavone from Cymdeithas yr Iaith commented:

It’s bizarre that the University is not providing courses through the medium of Welsh in Carmarthen. With S4C’s new headquarters opening this year in the town, they should be looking at the opportunities that come with that. We’re pushing for more and more organisations to move jobs out of Cardiff to the economic and linguistic benefit of communities across the country, education institutions should be alive to these changes and make the most of them.

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