Jack was attracted to Cardiff by the wide-ranging MA Welsh and Celtic Studies/Astudiaethau Cymreig a Cheltaidd.
Can you tell us a little bit about the programme in your own words?
“Although it’s called ‘Welsh and Celtic Studies’, what is does isn’t necessarily what’s on the tin. We have a lot of freedom to explore a wide range of topics of interest to the School’s research, from medieval Welsh, literature and poetry to sociolinguistics and language acquisition. I focus on language policy in Welsh secondary schools and second language acquisition. We also take part in an academic and professional skills module, undertaking work experience placements as well as writing a dissertation.”
What did the Postgraduate Taught Scholarship mean to you?
“I wouldn’t be here without it. It’s enabled me to take up my MA — there is no way I would be in Cardiff without it. I’ve enjoyed a tonne of opportunities after arriving in Cardiff to study at the School of Welsh and it’s all due to the Scholarship I’m receiving. ”
Have you been able to secure funding from other places? How else are you supporting your studies?
“Unfortunately I wasn’t able to secure funding from other places. It has been difficult, but the Scholarship enabled me to stop worrying about the fees. I have a part-time job and am fortunate enough to have secured work which I can easily slot around the time I devote to the library! ”
What were your motivations for undertaking a postgraduate degree?
“After three years living outside of Wales during my undergraduate degree, I was eager to return! My degree was in formal Linguistics and I felt I needed to expand on the good basis I’d gained from this. I wanted to consider issues in Linguistics from a Welsh perspective and contextualise them in a social and cultural setting which was familiar to me. ”
Why did you decide to do your postgraduate degree at Cardiff?
“The MA in Welsh and Celtic Studies was advertised at my old Faculty and when I saw the advert, I applied straight away. It’s just perfect — I have the freedom to explore topics which I am obsessed about and learn in a supportive environment with experts in the field.”
What do you think of Cardiff as a place to live as a postgraduate?
“I grew up in rural Pembrokeshire, so my Wales is very different from the Wales of Cardiff. But Cardiff is a fantastic place, it has everything a city should have and is brilliant for young people. It isn’t too expensive to live here and it’s a vibrant, happening and multicultural place.”
Has studying for a postgraduate degree at Cardiff University lived up to your expectations?
“Yes! I’ve managed to really get my teeth into writing about language issues in Wales which are hot topics in Welsh political and educational life at the moment. Tutorial sessions are a style of learning which I am used to and really benefit from. We’re a small community of MA students at the School of Welsh, but we’ve all been keen to share ideas and thoughts, no matter what area of studying we’re looking at. I hope that this year is the start of many more that’ll I’ll spend in this fab city.”
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