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An innovative, disruptive & radical mission: leadership & change in Welsh higher education

Morrow, Lucy 2015. An innovative, disruptive & radical mission: leadership & change in Welsh higher education. PhD Thesis, Cardiff University.
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Since the onset of Welsh devolution, the higher education (HE) sector in Wales has experienced a number of policy-led developments. One of these developments includes the strategic expansion of HE-level, Welsh-medium provision across Wales’ HE institutions. This development is being spearheaded by a new language promotion and planning agency, Y Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol (the Coleg). If the Coleg implements this development successfully, then this development can play an important role in ensuring the lasting vibrancy of the Welsh language and the long-term success of the Welsh Government’s Welsh language and Welsh-medium education strategies. This thesis presents the results of an investigation into the Coleg and its language planning role. Because of the Coleg’s age, it is too early to evaluate whether it can successfully implement its language planning aims in toto. Instead, this investigation has evaluated the ways in which the Coleg’s leadership approach the challenges associated with Welsh language provision planning at the HE-level, and whether these collective patterns of response are conducive to effective language planning. The result of the investigation appears to be the first known organisational and leadership analysis of the Coleg. The Coleg is comprised primarily of university-based academics who have taken on a number of different leadership roles both within the Coleg and within the universities in order to ensure that Welsh-medium higher education can be developed. This thesis provides an analysis of these academic leaders’ organisational structure and their collective response to the challenges associated with the development of Welsh-medium higher education. This analysis can be used as a basis for future research into the Coleg, Welsh-medium higher education, and Welsh Government language planning. In addition, the thesis concludes with a list of recommendations that are intended to enhance these academics’ leadership by highlighting areas of strength and identifying opportunities for growth.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Status: Unpublished
Schools: Welsh
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Uncontrolled Keywords: Language policy; Language planning; Higher education policy; Organizational change; Leadership
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Last Modified: 05 May 2016 01:30

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