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MRes Scholarship: Welsh Ontology of Family Law

Project Description

Annual fee: £11,313
Application deadline: 11 April 2019
Available to start as soon as possible

This is an advertisement for an MRes scholarship for a Welsh Ontology of Family Law, for which the ability to speak Welsh is essential.
I ddarllen disgrifiad y prosiect yn Gymraeg ewch i:

A one-year scholarship is offered for a Research or MRes Master’s degree on the subject of “Standardising Family Law Terms in Welsh via Ontology”. This project is part funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) convergence programme and it is also backed by the project’s external partner, HM Courts and Tribunals Service.

Background: The aim will be to research into core concepts and key terms in a specific area of Family Law in Wales, and prepare a bilingual ontology. The intention will be to help improve communication in Welsh and English. This will be done by studying the corresponding terms in both languages, and offering standardised Welsh terms for the English terms. The results of the project will be useful in implementing Family Law through the medium of Welsh and English in family courts in Wales.

The successful applicant will have the opportunity to follow relevant modules in Family Law and/or Language according to further training requirements.

Academic Supervisors:
The supervisors will be Delyth Prys from Canolfan Bedwyr’s Language Technologies Unit, and Hayley Roberts and Marie Parker from the Law School. There will also be an opportunity to work with an Industrial Supervisor from HM Courts and Tribunals Service, and to shadow employees at the Courts Service at work.
The student will work at Canolfan Bedwyr’s Language Technologies Unit, and will register at the Law School, Bangor University for examination and academic purposes.

Essential qualifications:
Applicants must have a first class or 2:1 degree in a relevant subject (Law, Welsh or another modern language etc). All the better if they have evidence of previous interest in the area, such as a relevant research project as part of a degree course.

To apply:
To apply for this scholarship, please send the following to Delyth Prys, Hayley Roberts and Dr Penny Dowdney by no later than 11 April 2019. Further information about the KESS 2 Scholarship is available on

1. A letter applying for the KESS 2 scholarship, including a personal statement (100 - 500 words) regarding your interests and relevant research skills (list all your relevant skills, e.g. computer skills, relevant experience, title and a brief description of research project you have been involved with, etc).

2. The names and contact details of two referees who will be able to comment on your suitability to participate in a post-graduate research programme.

3. A copy of your current CV.

The closing date for e-mail applications is 11 April 2019. You should also send a signed paper copy to:

Delyth Prys
Language Technologies Unit
Canolfan Bedwyr
Bangor University
LL57 2DG

Hayley Roberts
Law School
Bangor University
LL57 2DG

Dr Penny Dowdney
KESS 2 Wales Manager
Doctoral School
Bangor University
LL57 2DG

For further details, contact:
Delyth Prys; tel: +44 1248 382800; e-mail
Hayley Roberts; tel: +44 1248 388884; e-mail

Conditions of the scholarship
To be eligible, applicants must live in the convergence area (West Wales and the Valleys) when they apply, and they should have the right to work in the region when qualifying.

Funding Notes

Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships (KESS) is a pan-Wales higher level skills initiative led by Bangor University on behalf of the Higher Education sector in Wales. It is part funded by the Welsh Government’s European Social Fund (ESF) convergence programme for West Wales and the Valleys.

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