[lg policy] Bangor University wins Welsh Language Award

Harold Schiffman haroldfs at gmail.com
Thu Apr 5 10:39:26 EDT 2018

 Bangor University wins Welsh Language Award

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Bangor University has won a national award for the best use of Welsh in
Human Resources. The Award, sponsored by Cymraeg Gwaith, was presented at
the Wales Cymru HR Awards at a glittering black tie event, organised by the
Wales HR Network.

Bangor University’s submission demonstrated the Human Resources
Departments’ constant commitment to providing a comprehensive bilingual
service to both staff and to those who interact with the team from outside
the University. This commitment to providing a bilingual workplace
highlights the emphasis that Bangor University places on being a fully
bilingual University, both for its students and its employees.

Prof Jerry Hunter, Pro Vice-Chancellor with responsibility for Welsh
Language & Community offered his congratulations to the HR team, saying:
“Never was an award better deserved! Our HR Department has been and is a
crucial part of our Welsh-language success.”

Tracy Hibbert, Director of Human Resources said: “Gaining recognition for
our efforts to offer language choice in our Human Resource Provision; be it
staff development, conducting meetings, recruitment or offering bilingual
online processes is a great feeling. The award is also recognition of the
success of some key members of HR staff as they achieve the highest levels
of Welsh in the Workplace and this is central to our ability to offer
language choice in our services.”

Bangor University leads the way in ensuring that staff can access all
University services in Welsh, in ensuring the provision of Welsh language
tuition to staff free of charge and during working hours. The University
encourages the use Welsh at work and encourages staff to develop their
Welsh language skills.

In addition to being the leading provider of higher education through the
medium of Welsh, in terms of volume, breadth of courses, Bangor University
is also the sector’s standard bearer for Welsh Language services and

The service provided by the University’s HR Department reflect both the
linguistic nature of the region and also best practice in the public sector
in Wales. It is an example of a bilingual HR service which also addresses
some of the key initiatives of the Welsh Government to sustain and develop
the Welsh language.

The University also has a high proportion of Welsh speakers or staff
learning Welsh. Currently 45% of its staff speak Welsh and 25% speak a
little Welsh. In terms of managerial and support staff 53% of staff speak
Welsh and 60% of clerical staff speak Welsh.

A recent University-wide Staff Survey showed very high satisfaction rates
with the University’s the bilingual ethos and provision. 89% of staff felt
that they had the opportunity to use their Welsh language skills at work,
88% of staff believe that their College/Department operated bilingually,
96% of staff noted that the University provides information about the Welsh
Language Policy, 91% believe that staff are given support to implement the
Policy and 92% believe that they have support to develop and improve their
Welsh language skills.

Photo: Left – right: Geraint Wilson-Price, Director of Teaching, Cymraeg
Gwent presents the Award to: Nia Meacher, Deputy Director HR; Tracy
Hibbert, Director of HR and Mari Ellis-Roberts, HR Officer, Bangor


 Harold F. Schiffman

Professor Emeritus of
 Dravidian Linguistics and Culture
Dept. of South Asia Studies
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305

Phone:  (215) 898-7475
Fax:  (215) 573-2138

Email:  haroldfs at gmail.com

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