UMCA Clubs and Societies


UMCA Clubs & Societies

Y Geltaidd

Y Geltaidd is Aberystwyth University’s main Welsh society, and it can trace it's roots back to the late 19th century within the town and the University. It is basically a Welsh sporting society which runs a number of different sports teams. Y Geltaidd currently has men’s and women’s Rugby and Football teams, and also Netball. But there’s more to Y Geltaidd than just sporting events. Three of the Welsh Society’s main crawls are organised by Y Geltaidd, namely the Family Crawl, Three-legged Crawl and the ‘Twt Twts’ / Halves Crawl (and much more…!) The biggest trip of the year is the annual rugby trip. 5 coach-loads of students head off to one of the six nations fixtures; in recent years, we’ve been to Edinburgh, Paris and Dublin. 


President - Dylan Roberts (

Vice President - Heledd Davies

Chair - Gruffydd Madoc-Jones

Treasurer - Lois Fflur

Secretary - Alys Rees

Membership Officer - Alys Roberts

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Aelwyd Pantycelyn

This is one of UMCA’s most notable societies. Over the years, the Aelwyd has competed successfully in the Urdd and National Eisteddfodau, as well as the Cerdd Dant Festival. It’s an opportunity to sing and socialise, and the choir crawl is considered to be one of the best nights of the year! This year the Aelwyd was particularly successful in the Urdd Eisteddfod, with members taking part in various competitions including the SATB Choir, Women’s Choir, Men's Choir, Public Speaking, Recital Party and Ensemble. The Aelwyd performs in a Christmas Concert annualy and a variety of concerts during the year including the Gwyl Dewi Awards in the Old College. There is something for everyone. You will get an opportunity to take part in all these activities under the guidance of a team of students who volunteer their specific talents in order to ensure the success of the Aelwyd.

Aelwyd Pantycelyn

Full Choir Conductor - Gwennan Evans (with Non Roberts)

Women’s Choir Conductor - Begw Roberts 

Men's Choir Conductor - Mared Edwards 

Cerdd Dant Conductor - Lois Fflur


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Yr Heriwr

Aberystwyth's Welsh newspaper, Yr Heriwr, was established at the National Eisteddfod in 2012. But the hope for this year is it will be transformed into a blog. A blog that will record all the events and stories of UMCA members during the year. Gwenno Nefydd will take the lead, but everyone is welcome to contribute. I hope it will be a contemporary way of keeping track on the year and it will be there for years to come.

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UCCA (Aberystwyth Welsh Christian Union)

The Welsh Christian Union is a group of Christians, and it is our purpose to tell our fellow students about our faith in Jesus Christ. We meet weekly to try and explain what the Bible teaches, in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Everyone is welcome at our meetings! For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him shall not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)


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Pantycelyn’s Welsh Language Society Cell

Since the beginning of the sixties, Aberystwyth University students have played a leading role in a number of protests over the Welsh language. In recent years, the Pantycelyn Society Cell has been fighting for the rights of Welsh and Welsh-speaking students of the Welsh community, Pantycelyn. The students of Pantellcelyn were in possession of Pantycelyn in June 2015 and this year they have been ensuring that the University adheres to their word. Throughout the year, protests and gigs will be held for the Welsh language society, and so if you have the desire to act peacefully for the Welsh language, join this exciting and exuberant movement.


Plaid Cymru Youth

For those of you who are more politically inclined, such as being fond of going to debate societies and so forth, then Plaid Cymru Youth offers a host of political events as well as the opportunity to meet politicians and some of the leading experts in the field in Wales. The events range from having a guest speaker coming to you to go to organize entertainment and fundraising evenings. Plaid Cymru Young and Plaid Cymru rely on Welsh students in Aberystwyth to support and vote for them.

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