Welsh Culture & UMCA

Elain Gwynedd (she/her) - Welsh Culture Officer & UMCA President

“Elain is the voice for Welsh culture & Welsh language students in Aberystwyth.”

Their role focuses on promoting Welsh culture giving Aber students the opportunity to learn, speak and live the language.

E-mail: suwelsh@aber.ac.uk

About the Role:


The Welsh Culture Officer and UMCA President is responsible for:

  • Ensuring adequate representation of Welsh culture and the Welsh language within the Students’ Union as well as promotion of the bilingualism policy.
  • Co-ordinating activity and campaigns relating to the interests of Welsh-speakers and learners.
  • Representing the needs of members in Welsh-medium Halls of Residence.
  • Ensuring that AberSU is kept aware of local and national issues affecting Welshspeaking students.
  • Lobbying NUS to provide adequate Welsh cultural language representation.
  • Working with the Chief Executive, Officers and AberSU’s senior management team to achieve and shape strategic aims and outcomes.
  • Attending appropriate University Committees.
  • Attending regular meetings with relevant University departments to further the needs of Welsh-speakers and learners.


University Committees/Meetings Attended:


  • University Council
  • Senate
  • Academic Board
  • Governance and Compliance Committee
  • Welsh Medium Provision Committee
  • Welsh Language Operational Group



Current Priorities:

Below you can find a list of priorities Elain is working on this year as well as their current progress on them.


Run engaging UMCA events for Welsh speaking students and learners (i.e Swn)


Increase social media presence of UMCA


Raise awareness of Welsh learning opportunities available for students


Improve Welsh Language Provision in Modules. *


Aberystwyth University to Divest in Fossil Fuels. *



*denotes policy as passed democratically by Aberystwyth students. Find out more here.