History: Fully Funded Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol and Swansea Welsh Medium PhD Scholarship: 'Is Fair Weather coming again?' The discussions about climate change in Wales, from the 1950s to 2016

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About the Project

Funding providers: Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol and Swansea University

Subject areas: History, Media, Environmental Studies 

Project start date: 1 October 2024 (Enrolment open from mid-September)

Project supervisors:

Aligned programme of study: PhD in History

Mode of study: Full-time

Project description: 

The Welsh scientific journal Y Gwyddonydd published a report in December 1972 which considered the possible effects upon the climate from man-made pollution. Would the ‘greenhouse effect’ mean an increase in the world’s temperature, or would the increased number of particles in the atmosphere reflect the sun’s rays back into space, leading to global cooling? At the time the answer was unclear, but by now we know that global warming is the threat. It is recognised that action is needed, and Wales was the first nation in the United Kingdom to declare a ‘climate emergency’.  

The title of the project, ‘Daw eto Dywydd Teg?’, comes from an article in Y Gwyddonydd in December 1981, which worries about how much the temperature of the world will have risen by the year 2025. As we are getting close to that year, it is an appropriate time to look back upon how we arrived at the present situation, examining whether there are lessons to be learned for our society, for the media and for our politicians by looking back at the previous debates regarding climate change in Wales.  

Key questions to ask include: how did we arrive at this situation and to what extent were those in power, and the public in general, warned of the dangers by scientists? The end-point for this research will be the passing of the Environment (Wales) Act in 2016, which is in many ways innovative legislation. What was the process that led to these new measures, and did the Welsh media and public show that they understood, or had interest in, the new laws?  

Project description (RS495)

Applicants are encouraged to submit initial inquiries about submission awards - and to do so before the closing date; submit these enquiries to the relevant staff member(s) in the faculty. 


Candidates must have attained, or must be expected to attain, a first-class honours degree and/or a distinction at master’s level. 

  • Where applicants have multiple master’s degrees, a distinction must be held in the degree that is most relevant to the intended PhD study. 
  • If you are currently studying for a master’s level qualification with an expected award date that is later than 01/10/2024, you should hold a minimum of an upper-second-class (2:1) honours degree.   
  • You should be able to demonstrate a pass with a minimum grade average of at least 70% for your part-one master’s degree modules (the taught aspect of your master’s course rather than a research-focused dissertation) and submit your dissertation by no later than 30/09/2024.  

If you are eligible to apply for the scholarship (i.e. a student who is eligible to pay the UK rate of tuition fees) but do not hold a UK degree, you can check our comparison entry requirements.

Applicants must be able to begin their course of study in October 2024. As a cohort-based programme, deferral to an alternative enrolment window within the academic year or to another academic year is not permissible. 

Welsh language Requirements:  

Standard programme entry requirements apply, with the additional requirement of being able to confidently write in Welsh (and or/hold a Welsh literature GCSE grade C or above). 

Due to funding restrictions, this scholarship is – at this time – open solely to applicants who are eligible to pay tuition fees at the UK (United Kingdom) rate, as defined by UKCISA regulations

Communication & Media Studies (7) Environmental Sciences (13) History & Archaeology (19)

Funding Notes

This scholarship covers the full cost of tuition fees and an annual stipend at UKRI rate (currently £18,622 for 2023/24).
Additional research expenses will also be available.

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