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University Graduate College: Enhancing the experience of Postgraduate Researchers

John Caulfield

PG Research Student John Caulfield"The friendliness and helpfulness of the staff and students has really stood out for me." - John Caulfield

PhD Irish Language (Planning and Sociolinguistics)
School of Welsh
EU Student from Ireland

I really enjoyed my undergraduate and Master’s degrees and found writing my dissertations a rewarding experience. I spent five years working following my Master’s and felt that it was time to return to academia and raise the standard of my research to PhD level.

My studies are funded through a bursary from the Irish government, for which I also teach an Irish language class in the university. The university has been very helpful in processing and securing this funding.

Cardiff University has a rich history of minority language and sociolinguistic research. I think it will be interesting to experience the successes and challenges of the Welsh language revival and how this might inform a similar revival of the Irish language.

The friendliness and helpfulness of the staff and students has really stood out for me. The university library is an excellent resource for my research, as are the university’s subscriptions to many online archives. I’m passionate about the Irish language and hope that my research will be relevant and beneficial to the language’s revival.

Cardiff is a very friendly city; it’s big enough to have all the resources and facilities you would need and small enough to feel manageable. I live in the Cardiff Bay area. Down by the bay feels like a real break from the hustle and bustle of the city, even though it’s only a 30 minute walk to the city centre.