Scholarship student aged 66 travels US

Posted on 11 January 2012

Scholarship winner, Dilys Jones

A 66-year-old mature student, who spent her life working on a dairy farm in mid-Ceredigion, recently flew over 3000 miles to New York on a Travel Scholarship.

Dilys Jones, a final year PhD student at the University of Wales: Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) is the winner of this year’s University of Wales Geoffrey Crawshay Scholarship, worth £1000.

Explaining how the award benefited her, Dilys said:

“In the final year of my PhD research the award has facilitated the first international platform for my comparative work on minority nation identity in film, focusing on Wales and the Basque County.

“It has allowed me to present a paper at a conference in New York in December 2011 to Spanish and other academics working in the same field.

“It has been a marvellous, well-timed experience which will undoubtedly benefit my final thesis.”

Having completed a BA (hons) in Film Studies at UWTSD’s Lampeter campus in 2003, Dilys’s research began looking at changing narratives of minority nation identity in film.

In 2008 she upgraded from an Mphil to a PhD – she is now in the process of completing the final stages of her thesis.

The focus of her research encompasses Welsh film from the time of ‘How Green is My Valley’ in 1941, to Patagonia in 2011; and Basque films released under Franco’s rule, to the much later works of Julio Medem.

Dilys presented a research paper on changing narratives of identity at a conference in New York which was very well received by delegates from across the world.

The Geoffrey Crawshay Scholarship fund was established to enable successful candidates to travel Britain or abroad with the intention of enriching the student's aesthetic experience in a branch of the Fine Arts.


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Notes to Editors:

The University of Wales has decided to merge with the University of Wales: Trinity Saint David and Swansea Metropolitan University. The unified institution will be merged under the 1828 Royal Charter of the University of Wales: Trinity Saint David. This is an historic decision and offers the transformed University the opportunity to continue to serve higher education both within a Welsh and international context. It is envisaged that the three institutions will have integrated by 1 August 2012.

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