Two student nurses have been awarded scholarships to study nursing through the medium of the Welsh language at Swansea University.
They have received scholarships from the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol to enable them to study part of their course in Welsh.
“Many patients prefer speaking Welsh if it is their first language”
The Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol was established in 2011 by the Welsh Government to work with universities in order to develop Welsh-
Rhian Evans has received the “Ysgoloriaeth Cymhelliant” scholarship, which is worth £1,500 over three years under the condition that the recipient studies at least 40 credits per year in Welsh.
Meanwhile, Gill Harris has received the “Ysgoloriaeth Hyblyg” flexible scholarship, a one-year scholarship of £500, and also the 2015-16 Swansea University Welsh medium undergraduate scholarship, which is worth £300 for studying 40 credits in Welsh.
Swansea is one of seven institutions across Wales participating in the scholarship scheme with Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol.
Ms Evans said the scholarship was a “great incentive” to study in Welsh.
Students to study nursing in Welsh language
“I personally believe that using the Welsh language is very important, especially in healthcare settings, as many of the patients are fluent Welsh speakers,” she said.
Ms Evans said she was “sometimes shocked” by the lack of Welsh used in healthcare settings, despite living in a rural area in West Wales.
“I believe being a Welsh speaker and studying through the medium of Welsh will enable me to develop new skills,” she said. “As a nurse, I believe that it will benefit many patients as many of them prefer speaking Welsh if it is their first language.”
Ms Harris said she felt “overwhelmed” and “very lucky” to have won her scholarship.
“I studied all my lessons in school through the medium of Welsh and to be able to do it as a part of my degree is just fantastic,” she said.
She added: “I love speaking Welsh to friends and family but most of all I love speaking to patients who I care for.”