Welsh academy honour for campaigner Hywel Teifi Edwards

Hywel Teifi Edwards Hywel Teifi Edwards was Professor of Welsh at Swansea University

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A Welsh language academy named in tribute to late campaigner Hywel Teifi Edwards has been opened at Swansea University.

The former professor of Welsh at the university was passionate about safeguarding the language's future.

The Academi Hywel Teifi on the Singleton Park campus will provide a base for the study and teaching of the Welsh language and culture.

Prof Edwards, father of BBC newsreader Huw Edwards, died in January.

The university said the current Welsh department and the Welsh for Adults Centre will be brought together to form the new academy.

It was being launched at the National Eisteddfod in Ebbw Vale by Mr Edwards, who is himself an honourary fellow of the university.

His father had spent over 20 years working as a lecturer in the Department of Continuing Education before being appointed Professor of Welsh.

He specialised in 19th Century history and the National Eisteddfod in particular.

A councillor for the former county of Dyfed, who stood twice as a parliamentary candidate for Plaid Cymru, Prof Edwards wrote several books on Wales in the Victorian age.

Swansea University's Vice-Chancellor Richard B. Davies said the academy would provide Welsh and Welsh medium scholarships - something which "epitomises" Prof Edwards' vision.

Pro Vice-Chancellor Professor Iwan Davies added: "Establishing Academi Hywel Teifi will enable Swansea University to support the Welsh Assembly Government's Welsh Medium Education Strategy through increasing the number of students who are able to receive higher education through the medium of Welsh.£

He said the centre would "build upon the significant developments in Welsh medium teaching".

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