UW Professor to sit on Welsh Government language panel

Posted on 18 December 2012

Professor Dylan Jones-Evans

Professor Dylan Jones-Evans, Director: Centre for Enterprise and innovation Education at the University of Wales, is to sit on an independent panel set up by the Welsh Government.

The Group has been established by Business Minister Edwina Hart, to consider the impact of language on economic development.

This comes after the Welsh Language Commissioner Meri Huws published standards which will mean that some private sector companies will have to by law provide services in Welsh, rather than on a voluntary basis.

With the findings of the panel being considered by the Welsh Government before a final decision is made, Mrs Hart said the panel will consider current policy and outcomes and recommend ways in which the Welsh Government and others can develop and deliver a strategy for promoting the language and economic development.

Professor Jones-Evans said: "I am delighted to be able to take this opportunity to examine how the Welsh language could help the development of businesses in Wales. From my own experiences with the business community in wales, there are positive attitudes by the vast majority of Welsh firms towards the Welsh language and hopefully, we can identify some of the innovative approaches to the promotion of the Welsh language in the workplace that is already taking place."

Chaired by Elin Rhys, the Managing Director of Swansea-based independent television production company Telesgop, other members of the panel include Martin Rhisiart, Director of the Centre for Research in Futures and Innovation at the University of Glamorgan; Elin Pinnell, Partner and Head of Employment Law at Capital Law; Rhodri Llwyd Morgan, Assistant Director for Education and Community Services at Ceredigion County Council; Alun Shurmer, Director of Communications for Welsh Water and Hywel Wigley, of Acapela Studio.



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