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Welsh language in higher education institutions

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  • Release date: 15 September 2017
  • Period covered: 2015/16
  • Next update: July 2018
An annual report showing information on students with some teaching through Welsh and academic staff who are able to teach through Welsh by institution, mode and level of study, gender and module subject.

A chart showing the amount studied through Welsh by students in Welsh universities. The number of people with some teaching, studying 5 credits or studying 40 credits in Welsh have increase over the past 5 years. The number of people studying at least 80 credits in Welsh has remained fairly constant.

Key points

  • 7,070 students studied at least 5 credits through Welsh-medium in 2015/16. Of those, 2,800 studied at least 40 credits through Welsh and, of those, 1,370 studied at least 80 credits.
  • 1,335 more students received some teaching in Welsh in 2015/16 than in 2014/15, a year-on-year increase of 21 per cent. Most of this increase comes from the University of Wales Trinity St David, through a mix of improved reporting and development of Welsh-medium study.
  • The number of students receiving some teaching through Welsh has increased for every mode and level of study over the last 7 years, except part-time undergraduates.
  • The fall in part-time undergraduates studying through Welsh, should be looked at in the context of a steady fall in part-time undergraduates studying in any language at Welsh universities. Despite national trends, the number with some teaching through Welsh has risen since 2013/14 and went from 1,430 in 2014/15 to 1,960 in 2015/16.
  • The number of academic staff able to teach in Welsh has increased by 60 per cent between 2010/11 and 2015/16. Yet the number actually teaching through Welsh has changed little since 2012/13.

Revision note

The values for students with “Some teaching through Welsh” in 2015/16 were reported incorrectly for students at Welsh universities and students from Wales at Welsh universities in tables A.1 and C.2. These errors were in the published versions between 17 August 2017 and 14 September 2017.


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