Bilingualism Policy AMM notes: 1. that the Welsh Language (Wales) Measure 2011 (“the 2011 Measure”) gives the Welsh language official status in Wales; 2. that according to the most recent figures available, 9.43% of all Cardiff University (“the University”) students have some level of Welsh language skills, and 29.92% of Welsh domiciled students at the University have some level of Welsh language skills; 3. that the University is currently in the process of renewing its Welsh Language Scheme under the terms of the Welsh Language Act 1993 (“the 1993 Act”), and Cardiff University Students’ Union (“the Union”) will soon be reviewing its Welsh Language Policy. AMM further notes: 1. that the Union receives a block grant from the University of over £2 million every year; 2. the advice given to the Union’s Welsh Students’ Officer by the Welsh Language Commissioner (“the Commissioner”) that when her Standards come into force under the terms of the 2011 Measure, the fact that the University’s block grant to the Union is in excess of £400,000 per annum will mean that she will apply the same Standards to the Union as to the University. AMM believes: 1. that the Union has a moral responsibility to operate as a bilingual organisation, given that it is in Wales; 2. that Cardiff students should be able to expect the Union to treat the Welsh language and the English language with equal respect; 3. that the Union would be neglecting its duties to its members if it were to choose not to prepare now for when the Commissioner’s Standards come into force. AMM resolves: 1. that the Union should work with the Commissioner’s office, NUS Wales, and the Union’s Welsh Students’ Officer to review its Welsh Language Policy as a matter of urgency and when it does so, to ensure that the Welsh language and the English language are treated equally in terms of: a. communications to and from students; b. temporary and permanent signage within the Union building and at any Unionorganised events; c. its online presence; 2. that the Union should work with the Commissioner’s office to have her consider its Welsh Language Policy as a Voluntary Language Scheme under the 1993 Act; 3. that the Union, in considering itself to be a bilingual organisation, should work towards operating best practice in terms of bilingualism. Proposed by: Seconded by:
Cerith Rhys Jones – Welsh Students’ Officer Rachel Louise Jones – Students with Disabilities’ Officer
Published on Nov 20, 2013
Published on Nov 20, 2013
Cynnig i Gyfarfod Aelodau Blynyddol Undeb Myfyrwyr Prifysgol Caerdydd 2013. Motion to Cardiff University Students' Union's Annual Members'...