Iwan Evans - UMCB President

 

iwan.evans@undebbangor.com

01248 38 8006

The first two months 20.08.2020

My first two months as UB President have been completely different to what I expected, but nonetheless I have enjoyed the experience so far and have been working hard to ensure that everything is prepared to the best possible standard for our Welsh-speaking students by th beginning of the academic year in September. Below I have listed some of the main matters that I have been working on over the past two months. 

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  • Worked with the Halls department to ensure safety for students returning in September. It is important that the managers of the Halls department hear the concerns of students, and I have been a voice for them over the summer. 

  • Met with the UMCB Executive and Societies' sub-committee to discuss the nature of our social calendar for students over the coming academic year. It has been a real pleasure to see the new ideas and positive attitude of the committees.โ€ฏ 

  • Helped ensure that the new Welsh medium mental health support website for students, myf.cymru, is ready for release in September 2020. 

  • Sat on a task group to decide how to support the transition to blended learning without sacrificing the quality of education. It has been worthwhile being a part of this group to ensure that the Welsh language will not lose any status over the next year. 

  • Attended the Lead and Change and Talwrn conferences, an opportunity to get to know the rest of Walesโ€™ and the UK's sabbatical officers and share ideas with them. 

  • Worked with Y Cymric and Undeb Bangor's opportunities department to organise Y Cymric's Freshers' Week, which will offer a warm welcome and follow the national guidelines. 

  • Continued with the work commenced last year by Lleucu Myrddin, the former UMCB President, to ensure that Welsh-speaking first year students are welcomed to the University through the medium of Welsh. 

  • Started a conversation with prospective students to reduce any uncertainty associated with beginning university in the middle of a pandemic. It is important that everyone feels comfortable and happy when they arrive at Bangor. 

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If you have any further questions, or would like to discuss my work, please contact me by email, iwan.evans@undebbangor.com 

 

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