A UNIVERSITY is to mark the first Welsh Language Rights Day.

The event takes place today (December 6) and Wrexham Glyndwr University will be celebrating by promoting some of the services available in Welsh in accordance with the Welsh language standards.

Wrexham Glyndwr University Welsh Language Champion, Elen Mai Nefydd, said: “Our Welsh heritage is very important to us as a Welsh university and we’re proud to support the Welsh language standards across our campuses.

“We welcome correspondence in Welsh and anything from our prospectuses, emails and letters to marketing materials and applying for jobs can be done in Welsh.

“We’ve also recently launched an internal initiative for our staff and students – Coffi a Chlonc – which encourages people with any level of Welsh language skills – from complete novice to fluent – to come along for a coffee and practice their Welsh language skills.

“It’s been great to see so many people engaging with this initiative so far and there is a real mix of abilities present. It can sometimes be a case of people losing the confidence to speak the language if they’ve not done so for a while or learners not having the opportunity to practice, so we’re working towards everyone at the university being able to greet each other bi-lingually as just a simple ‘bore da’ can go a long way.”

Welsh Language Commissioner, Aled Roberts added: “Today, there are over 120 organisations operating the Welsh language standards, which means that the public have a right to use the language with them.

“We are pleased that organisations such as Wrexham Glyndwr University has taken the opportunity to promote Welsh language rights. Let us now, as Welsh speakers and learners, make the most of our rights and choose the language.”