Welsh Language Standards April 2018 – what will it mean for students

March 28, 2018

Under the Welsh Language (Wales) Measure 2011, all Universities are legally bound to comply with the Welsh Language Standards (No.6) Regulations in the same way that we must comply with other regulations e.g. Data Protection, Health and Safety etc.

The legislation recognises that there are two official languages in Wales – Welsh and English – and both languages must be treated equally. It also forms part of the Welsh Government Cymraeg 2050 strategy in achieving one million Welsh speakers by 2050.

From the 1st April 2018, students will have the right to:

  • Correspondence in Welsh
  • Apply for financial support in Welsh
  • Welsh speaking personal mentor
  • Counselling service in Welsh
  • Pastoral meetings in Welsh
  • Bilingual certificates
  • Submit assessments in Welsh
  • Documents and forms in Welsh

What other changes can students expect?
From the 1st of April 2018 you will also notice some changes in the way the University communicates with you. For example, staff will:

  • Answer the telephone in Welsh and English
  • Include a bilingual email signature with a message welcoming correspondence in Welsh or English
  • Send any out of office email messages in Welsh and English
  • Any correspondence received in Welsh (email, letter, text or social media post) will be replied to in Welsh

For further advice please contact: cymraeg@decymru.ac.uk

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