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