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Award for former student leader who promoted the Welsh language

November 3 2016

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A pioneering former student leader has been given an annual prize for his dedication to promoting Welsh language education.

Marc Caldecott claimed the Owain Glyndwr Society Prize for Alumni at Wrexham Glyndwr University following his tenure as President of the Students’ Guild from 2015-16.

Marc supported an increase in opportunities for students to study through the medium of Welsh while in the role. His influence also helped to raise the profile of Wrexham Glyndwr University in Welsh-speaking communities in North East Wales.

Marc was also part of a team which successfully influenced the university to appoint a Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol officer.

Marc, who graduated from Wrexham Glyndwr University with a BA (Hons) Families and Childhood Studies, said: “I am delighted to have received the award. During my time as President, I worked closely with the University and Welsh Government, ensuring that education through the medium of Welsh was a priority.

"The University is named after a Welsh hero and with its location at the border, I feel it is the University’s duty to encourage the use of the language.

"I will continue to work closely with the University and the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol branch officer to explore the avenues to increase welsh language courses at the institution”.

The Owain Glyndŵr Society was founded in 1996 to commemorate the role of Owain Glyndŵr in Welsh history and to create a permanent memorial to him.

Since 2011 it has sponsored a prize at Wrexham Glyndwr University for an alumnus who has made a significant contribution to education in Wales or to education through the medium of Welsh.

A spokesperson for Wrexham Glyndwr University said: “As a local student from a widening participation background Marc was at the heart of the ethos of Wrexham Glyndwr University.

“His presence helped to ensure that the Welsh language is regarded as an essential part of North East Wales and its use is accepted as a normal and integral aspect of local life.”

Marc was presented with the award at Wrexham Glyndwr University’s 2016 graduation ceremonies last week.

Hundreds of students collected degrees, diplomas and higher qualifications across six ceremonies in the William Aston Hall.