Plaid Cymru elected representatives Rhun ap Iorwerth and Hywel Williams are set to address and meet with concerned students and staff at Bangor University at a protest this Friday which has organised following the news of proposed cuts at the institution.
The Assembly Member for Ynys Môn, Mr ap Iorwerth, and the Member of Parliament for Arfon, Mr Williams, will speak at the protest at 1pm on Friday before going on to meet staff and students to further discuss their concerns regarding what effect the proposed cuts would have on the university.
The Plaid AM and MP met with the University’s Interim Vice-Chancellor and the Chair of the University Council before Christmas to discuss concerns, and Mr ap Iorwerth and his fellow AM Sian Gwenllian – AM for Arfon – have raised regular questions in the National Assembly regarding the funding crisis facing Higher Education institutions in Wales.
Ahead of the protest on Friday, Mr ap Iorwerth said:
“Myself and Plaid Cymru MP for Arfon, Hywel Williams, met with Bangor University’s Interim Vice-Chancellor and the Chair of the University Council before Christmas, where we were able to raise our own concerns as well as those brought to us by staff and students regarding the proposed cuts.
“This week Hywel and I will be speaking at the student-organised protest against the proposed cuts and taking the opportunity to meet staff for a further discussion regarding their concerns and to gather their views on what they feel needs to be done going forward.
“This situation at Bangor, and across the Higher Education sector in Wales, is troubling, and Plaid Cymru will continue to make the case for Welsh Government to review the funding situation facing our universities and to give them as much support as possible during these challenging times.”