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Lecturer’s inspiring award

A Coleg Sir Gâr lecturer in agriculture has won an award for outstanding achievement within his field.

Iwan Thomas, who works at the college’s Gelli Aur agricultural campus near Llandeilo has won Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol’s award for cross sector innovation, the only nomination from the further education sector in a predominately university-led awards ceremony.

With a first-class degree in agriculture from Aberystwyth University, Iwan has been lecturing for a number of years as well as working on his family farm in Llangennech.

In 2013, Iwan won the first higher education lectureship in further education for agriculture and since in post, has been key in delivering and widening Welsh-medium and higher-level educational opportunities in agriculture.

Iwan was instrumental in linking undergraduate level three students with opportunities to study at university level through the medium of Welsh and every year, organises a Welsh medium conference for level three students from schools and colleges where academics are invited to speak and inspire a new generation.

He also coordinates the language skills certificate to enable scholarship students to gain an additional qualification.

In his role as subject specialist, he worked closely with media company Telesgôp to create a number of Welsh language films showing practical agricultural skills.

Iwan was the principal author of the Tinopolis project to create a Welsh medium interactive farm, which provided guidance to individuals on how to prepare for consent audits, complete documentation and monitor farm performance.

He was also invited to work on a project with Coleg Cymraeg Genedlaethol and lecturers from other further education establishments which resulted in the Welsh Government commissioning new learning and teaching resources.