The Open University in Wales and

the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol are working in partnership to provide free online resources in Welsh and English for learners to try something new, increase their skills or sample a Higher Education course. The new resources available through the website OpenLearn Cymru were launched this week at an event attended by Kirsty Williams, Welsh Government Cabinet Secretary for Education. The Cabinet Secretary said: “It is a pleasure to highlight the potential of open educational resources for higher education in Wales and to launch these exciting new modules and courses. This is an excellent example of organisations working together to meet the needs of learners. “The modules and courses launched today support a range of Government priorities and commitments: Supporting individuals to study medicine and science,

the benefits children’s of studying

bilingually, caring for adults and supporting


All of these subjects are essential to develop the skills of the future workforce required in Wales so that public services are developed in line with the aspiration of the Government and the people of Wales.” Originally launched in 2014, OpenLearn Cymru now features a wider range of resources and courses from the OU and two new resources developed

in partnership with the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol, the body with responsibility for ensuring more study opportunities for Welsh-medium students.

The Coleg resources on

OpenLearn Cymru support learners interested in studying either medicine or the natural sciences in Welsh at university. Dr Dafydd Trystan, Registrar of the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol said: “We are very pleased to work with the Open University, one of the World’s foremost open educational institutions, to develop materials for students in Welsh. Open access


resources are a key part of the Coleg’s strategy in expanding the numbers of students who study elements of their course in Welsh, by offering taster courses to build student confidence and engagement. We believe that the further development of Open Learn Cymru is an important contribution in the post-16 education sector to delivering the Welsh Government’s ambition of one million Welsh speakers by 2050.” OpenLearn Cymru builds on the success of The OU’s OpenLearn site which offers over 700 free courses and is visited by over 5 million people a year. OpenLearn Cymru offers free courses (with materials taken from accredited OU study) and resources across a broad range of disciplines including Welsh history; skills and employability; social work and psychology.

A student from Coleg Gwent has won the Graphic Design Gold Award at the Skills Competition Wales event after competing in Carmarthen on Wednesday 6th December. John Gatela, aged 19, represented Coleg Gwent in the Graphic Design category of the competition, which was hosted by Coleg Sir Gar at the Job’s Well Campus. He is currently completing the final year of a Level 3 BTEC Interactive Media Course at Coleg Gwent’s City of Newport Campus. Skills Competition Wales offers students, trainees and apprentices a chance to challenge, benchmark and raise their skills by taking part in local competitions across a range of sectors. It aims to raise the profile of skills in Wales. The Graphic Design competition consisted of students being given a brief to design

a typographic poster around the theme of Year of the Sea, aiming to promote the Welsh coastline as a holiday destination, with four hours to complete the design. John said: “Our tutor told us about the competition and we had a few practice runs beforehand in college. I decided to focus my poster design around Tenby and Llandudno. I didn’t expect to win because I was competing against people who probably had years of experience.” “I was really shocked when they said my name, and so pleased that I won. It was an honour to take part in this competition with so many talented people across Wales. I’d like to congratulate everyone who participated in Skills Wales and to thank my tutors for this valuable opportunity to showcase what I have learned.”

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