[lg policy] Undeb Myfyrwyr Cymraeg Caerdydd to be officially established in the National Eisteddfod

Harold Schiffman haroldfs at gmail.com
Wed Aug 8 11:31:47 EDT 2018

 Undeb Myfyrwyr Cymraeg Caerdydd to be officially established in the
National Eisteddfod
[image: Cardiff University]By *Cardiff University*
<https://wales247.co.uk/author/cardiffuniversity/> On *Aug 7, 2018* 0

This post is also available in: [image: cy]Cymraeg (Welsh)

*In a special event in the Cardiff University Tent at 17:30 on Friday 10
August, Undeb Myfyrwyr Cymraeg Caerdydd (Cardiff’s Welsh Speakers Students
Union) will be officially established by Cardiff University’s Welsh
speaking students. Meri Huws, the Welsh Language Commissioner, will join as
a guest speaker.*

In April 2017, it was announced that a union of students would be
established within Cardiff University Students’ Union that would be
responsible for representing Cardiff University’s Welsh speaking students.
The name of this union would be Undeb Myfyrwyr Cymraeg Caerdydd (UMCC).
This announcement came after a campaign was led by the Welsh speaking
students of the University, and after 87% of the union’s Student Senate
voted in favour of the establishment of UMCC. This announcement was
welcomed by Welsh-speaking students if Cardiff University, who saw the
establishment of UMCC as the start of a new chapter for the Welsh language
within the Union and the University in the capital city of Wales.

UMCC is a body that represents Welsh speakers in every aspect of their
lives in the University – be it academically, socially, linguistically,
politically, or with welfare matters within the Union and the University.
In addition, UMCC is a body represents every Welsh-speaking student.
Whether a fluent speaker or a learner. Whether a student in Cathays Campus
or Heath Park. Whether someone who wishes to speak Welsh every day, or use
it every now and again. UMCC represents and includes everyone.

In addition to representing the University’s students from day to day
during their time at Cardiff University, UMCC has numerous goals it aims to
achieve over the coming years. Some of these include:

   - Bridging the gap between Welsh speaking students and the Union and
   University, and ensuring they do not feel isolated from the main body of
   students in the University.
   - Ensuring that the University’s Welsh speakers receive their rights
   without asking and without exception, including their rights in light of
   the the Welsh Language Standards Regulations which are in the process of
   being placed on the University, and within the Union in light of Cardiff
   University Students’ Union’s Welsh Language Policy, that was launched in
   - Ensuring there is a strong, lively and diverse community of Welsh
   speakers within the University, and that anyone who has an interest in the
   Welsh language and its culture can feel a part of that community.
   - Creating a proactive and productive relationship between the community
   of Welsh speakers and the Union and University, to ensure that students and
   the University can proceed on the path to linguistic equality hand in hand
   with each other.
   - Campaigning for linguistic equality here in the capital city, and
   working tirelessly to ensure that Cardiff University’s Welsh speaking
   students can live through the medium of Welsh.

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Since announcing that UMCC would be established, UMCC’s committee has been
working behind closed doors to establish UMCC, and to ensure that it is a
body that will be able to represent the capital city’s Welsh speaking
students effectively. By now, UMCC is ready to be an important and
influential presence within the Union and University, and is ready to
contribute positively to the lives of Welsh speaking students in Cardiff

To highlight, emphasize and promote this, they will have an official launch
for UMCC on Friday 10 August at 17:30, in Cardiff University’s tent at the
National Eisteddfod, in Cardiff Bay. The launch will be led by Osian
Morgan, who led the campaign to establish UMCC during the 2016/17 academic
year, and who was UMCC’s first president during the 2017/18 academic year.
In addition, UMCC’s President-Elect, who will preside over UMCC during the
next academic year, will take advantage of this opportunity to say a few
words on his/her vision for the year that is to come (Elections for this
role are being held over the coming week). To finish the event, Meri Huws,
the Welsh Language Commissioner, will join as a guest speaker, to talk
about the Welsh Language within Welsh Universities, and about the Welsh
Language Standards in particular.

UMCC President, Osian Morgan, stated:

“We are extremely excited to launch UMCC during the National Eisteddfod
this year. This is a perfect opportunity for us to promote the exciting
developments being made to the Welsh language within the University. With
the Eisteddfod visiting the capital city this year, it’s very appropriate
that it’s during this Eisteddfod that we will celebrate this positive
development to Cardiff University’s Welsh speakers.

“Launching UMCC will not only be a way for us to promote the fact that we
are now fully ready to start campaigning for the Welsh language and its
speakers in Cardiff University, but it will also be a way for us to
celebrate this important step towards linguistic equality in the University
of the capital city of Wales.”

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 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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