Welsh Language Standards

Welsh Language Standards

Swansea University is proud to be a bilingual University. Welsh is an official language in Wales and the University’s Welsh Language Scheme outlines which services we will provide through the medium of Welsh and how we will treat both languages equally, in line with the requirements for public insitutions in Wales.

With effect from 1 April 2018, the current  will be replaced by new Welsh Language Standards. The Welsh Language (Wales) Measure 2011 established a legal framework to impose a duty on some organisations to comply with standards of conduct in respect of the Welsh language.

The duties outlined within the Standards stipulate that organisations should not treat the Welsh language less favourably than the English language, and lay out requirements to promote and facilitate the use of the Welsh language (making it easier for people to use the language in their day-to-day-life). The Welsh Language Commissioner will have the power to impose fines of up to £5000 per instance of non-compliance.

The requirements of the Welsh Language Standards are summarised below in a thematic format which includes an explanation of the principles and frequently asked questions.