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New rights for students to use Welsh

From 1 April 2018, students in universities and further education colleges in Wales will have legal rights to use the Welsh language.

The exact rights will vary from organisation to organisation but many of them will be the same across Wales. Among these rights is a right to a personal tutor who speaks Welsh, a counselling service in Welsh and correspondence such as letters and forms in Welsh.

These rights are created by the Welsh language standards placed on universities, colleges and education organisations. They will now join more than 100 other organisations such as county councils, police forces and national public organisations already implementing the 'standards' and regulated by the Welsh Language Commissioner.

Daniel Tiplady, Head of the Welsh Language Unit at Cardiff Metropolitan University, said: “We welcome the introduction of the standards and specifically the rights they give our students. To make sure that the students get the most out of the standards, Cardiff Met works with the university’s students union and the Welsh Language Commissioner’s office to increase awareness of the rights and to encourage students to use Welsh when dealing with the university. We trust that the standards will improve students’ experience and will lead to increasing the use and status of the language among students, staff and the public.”

The Welsh Language Commissioner will run a marketing campaign to highlight the new rights, and the campaign will be launched this weekend at the pan-university Eisteddfod in University of Wales Trinity Saint David Lampeter campus.
Mirain Llwyd, NUS Wales’s Welsh language officer, said “It is highly important that students know their rights. I hope to see this leading to increasing the use of Welsh in organisations across Wales.”
The Welsh Language Commissioner, Meri Huws, said: “This is the first ever generation of students to have legal rights to use the Welsh language, and it’s great to see them celebrating this important milestone – in terms of their own experience and in terms of the history and development of the Welsh language.”
For more information about the rights and the specific timescale for when universities and colleges will implement certain standards, go to

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