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University: New halls will have dedicated Welsh area

Aberystwyth University has said the new, Penglais Farm, residences will include "a dedicated area for Welsh language students, with a particular social area for Welsh speakers."

It said "these are early days" for considering the Pantycelyn building's future, and it will remain as a Welsh medium hall during the 2014/15 academic year.

Aberystwyth University is fully committed to increasing its Welsh medium provision to ensure that our students are able to contribute to maintaining the University's Welsh language community ethos.

The University is investing over £45m at the Penglais Farm residences. This will be located close to the main Hub building and shared by all the Penglais Farm residents.

The new accommodation will be of a very high standard, comprising self-catering flats with between 6 and 8 bedrooms each; they will all have en-suite facilities, kitchen/eating area/lounge and TV.

The University will now begin a business exercise to explore options for the future of Pantycelyn.

Pantycelyn will therefore remain as a Welsh medium hall (as it is currently) during the academic year, 2014/15.

Student representatives have been part of the discussions all along on the nature of the new accommodation and the facilities available to them.

The University will continue its discussions with Welsh medium students, the Pantycelyn Hall committee and UMCA about the Penglais Farm facilities and how to build and develop the Welsh language ethos there.

– Aberystwyth University spokesperson


Aberystwyth students protest against closure of halls

Students braved the rain to demonstrate against the closure of the halls.

Students at Aberystwyth University have been protesting against the closure of Pantycelyn halls of residence.

Aberystwyth's Welsh Students' Union (UMCA) says a new student village where the university plans to move students "is completely unsuitable for the Welsh community."

"There is no sufficient space for Aelwyd Pantycelyn's weekly practice, no UMCA office or Canteen - these are elements that are absolutely essential in maintaining our community of Welsh students. After the lack of consultation on these plans, students have completely lost faith in the University."

Historic Aberystwyth university halls under threat

Pantycelyn halls were built in the early 50s Credit: ITV News

Hundreds of students with gather at a rally today to oppose Aberystwyth University's plans to close the historic Pantycelyn halls of residence and move them to a nearby site.

Aberystwyth students union says the move would be 'completely unsuitable'.

The university has been asked to comment.