£5M FUNDING CONFIRMED FOR REOPENING OF HISTORIC UNI HALL

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MILLIONS of pounds in funding from the Welsh Government towards the reopening of a historic Welsh-language hall at Aberystwyth University has been confirmed.

The Cambrian News reported “The Pantycelyn Project Board, set up in the wake of protests over plans to close the hall on Penglais hill and move Welsh-language students to the new multi-million-pound Penglais Farm development and at Penbryn, handed in its final report last year and recommended that £10,440,000 was spent on completely renovating the building, which have been dedicated Welsh-language halls since 1973 and were home to Prince Charles during his time as a student in Aberystwyth.

The plans, which were subject to securing £5m in funding from the Welsh Government, will now go ahead after Eluned Morgan, Minister for Welsh Language and Lifelong Learning, confirmed the cash as she visited the halls of residence and viewed plans for the project.

She said: “The importance of Pantycelyn to the Welsh-speaking world cannot be overestimated.

“It is an iconic building to so many people throughout Wales and beyond, so I am delighted to confirm this funding of £5m to ensure many more Welsh speaking students will be able to call it home and experience its unique linguistic and cultural atmosphere.”

Prof Elizabeth Treasure, vice-chancellor of Aberystwyth University, said: “We are very grateful to the Welsh Government for their support for our exciting plans to reopen Pantycelyn as a first-class hall of residence for Welsh-speaking students” here.

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