Welsh Language and Culture Strategy English

• Develop further our engagement with the University’s Welsh-speaking graduates, alumni and Honorary Fellows to provide potential placements for students and to highlight their career successes through their bilingualism or multilingualism. • Commit to embracing the Welsh language in our Civic Mission aims. BY 2027 WE WILL: • Embed the Welsh language in our Civic Mission aims. • Raise the profile, reputation and public understanding of Swansea University’s impact from Research and Innovation initiatives, attracting further stakeholder collaboration and maximising our ability to deliver additional value through our bilingualism.

• Have supported and contributed to the aims of the UNESCO International Decade of Indigenous Languages 2022-32 by drawing on our interdisciplinary expertise to ensure that indigenous languages, and Welsh in particular, are preserved, revitalized and promoted around the world. • Benefit from greater engagement with the international Welsh diaspora for the benefit of learning, research and the University community. • Secure further University, government and local authority support for T ^ y ’r Gwrhyd to keep its doors open beyond 2026. • Develop our philanthropic funding options further with a view to offering the Hywel Teifi Memorial Scholarship beyond 2027.

Pillar 4: Supporting our Research and Civic Mission

Much of our research is rooted in the language, history and culture of Wales, from heritage-led regeneration projects and understanding the literatures of Wales in both English and Welsh, to policy making and the exploration and promotion of Welsh as a vibrant language. We also recognise that our research and enterprise activities support our Civic Mission in Wales and beyond and we aim to ensure that work continues to be enabled and strengthened by the Welsh language.

BY 2024 WE WILL: • Further develop our public-facing Welsh- language and bilingual research community and identify opportunities to co-create impactful research with our students and external stakeholders on a local, national and global basis. • Strengthen the interdisciplinary and international network of the Richard Burton Centre and the Centre for Research into the English Literature and Language of Wales (CREW) to further deliver innovative and influential bilingual research activities that promotes cultural development, guides public policy and provides a greater understanding of Wales’s place on the global stage. • Ensure research conducted in Welsh or bilingually is strategically-led and comprehensively mapped across the institution, and that all Welsh-medium research activity is recognised in the academics’ individual professional development reviews. • Building on our 2014 and 2021 REF returns, we will encourage and support our researchers to conduct further studies and complete more publications in Welsh with a view to submitting a greater number of Welsh publications in future research exercise returns. • Ensure that Swansea University students and researchers working through the medium of Welsh are afforded every opportunity to take

advantage of the opportunities offered by the Welsh Government’s new International Learning Exchange Programme (ILEP) and enable greater cultural exchange with students from across the globe, in particular in the context of minority languages. • Strengthen our collaboration with Welsh- language bodies such as Menter Iaith Abertawe, Menter Iaith Castell Nedd Port Talbot, Mudiad Meithrin, Urdd Gobaith Cymru, and reach out to new partners to explore opportunities driven by sharing languages, cultures, experiences and heritage. • Intensify our Welsh-language civic mission activities and engagement via national events and community activities and further incorporating the language and authentic Welsh content into annual University events. • Continue to engage in dynamic and innovative ways with national festivals including the National Eisteddfod of Wales, the Urdd Eisteddfod, and Tafwyl to showcase the University’s creative talents and trailblazing research. • Increase our collaboration with and support for the Academi Heddwch Cymru, of which the University is a partner, to embed peace- making and peace-promotion in the research and policy agenda in Wales. • Intensify our Welsh-language widening participation activities and offer to under- represented groups.

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