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The James Pantyfedwen Foundation supports around 50 postgraduate students each year, those being either Masters or PhD students. Currently grants are for the payment of tuition fees, up to a maximum of £7,000 in each case. All subject areas are considered, and all institutions which have been approved by the Department of Education, but students must meet the qualifying criteria seen here.

During the last decade, postgraduate students which have received Pantyfedwen grants over the last decade.

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Daniel Adams

In 2015, Daniel Adams received a Pantyfedwen grant to support his MRes course in Cancer Sciences at the University of Birmingham, and was grateful for the first real taste of what a research career entails. “Throughout this degree, I delved into the past and current therapies for cancer treatment as well as gained an in depth look at the true intricacies of cancer development and research. Through my time, I was able to undertake a cancer immunology research project entitled Investigating the Role of the Natural Killer Cells in the control of the Oncogenic Virus, The Epstein-Barr virus. This work enabled me to identify more about the world of cancer immunology and re-affirmed my commitment that cancer immunology is the potential hope for a cure that is so desperately needed. This Masters has indeed confirmed that research is my calling and I will endeavour to complete a PhD in Cancer immunology before going in to research within this field.”

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Holly Azad

I have recently completed my MSc in Performance Science at Royal College of Music, London. This Masters has prepared me for professional life through timekeeping skills, independent learning, skills in communication and clear presentation, and confidence to communicate my ideas and theories in a coherent and concise way. The multiple modules included Performance Psychology and Performing Arts in Health & Wellbeing, and my dissertation allowed me to explore the possible benefits of mindfulness practices to operatic singers so that future education of operatic singers is possibly enhanced so singers have adaptive coping strategies for the stresses of musicianship.

The enhancement of these skills has actually led me onto the first step of my career's path. Currently I am a Diary Co-ordinator at the Musician's Answering Service; a company which helps musicians and fixers get work. This is an incredibly vital step in my career as prior diary coordinators have gone on to work in management for the likes of BBC Symphony Orchestra.

This course has been vital to my professional and personal life and I would like to express my sincerest gratitude to the Foundation for its help in achieving my Masters qualification, and enhancing both my future career and my personal life.


Isabella Boorman

Isabella was awarded a Pantyfedwen grant to study her MA in History of Art at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London. “As someone who has a true love (and genuine obsession!) for art history, having the opportunity to study at the world’s leading centre for the study of art history and conservation was a life changing experience. I am incredibly grateful to The James Pantyfedwen Foundation for their support, which gave me confidence in my own abilities, and without which it would have been financially impossible for me to attend. I have worked for institutions such as the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice and the Royal Academy of Arts, London, and since completing my MA I have been fortunate enough to return to Wales to work in my current role as Curator of Art Exhibitions at Amgueddfa Cymru-National Museum Wales, Cardiff. I am extremely proud and committed to promoting the art, culture and language of Wales”. Her first exhibition as curator (being Sidney Nolan and Graham Sutherland: A Sense of Place) is currently held at Oriel y Parc gallery, St Davids, Pembrokeshire.

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Jack Challinor-Jones

I have thoroughly enjoyed studying the MSc in Social Science Research Methods course at Cardiff University this academic year. I am currently writing up my Dissertation on minority groups' experiences of online hate speech on Twitter with the overall aim of gaining an understanding of the issues currently facing minority groups. I have gained valuable skills on how to conduct research of a high standard in the fields of criminology, education, sociology and in the social sciences more broadly. The skills gained will now enable me to embark upon further study to complete a PhD in Social Science with the hopefulness of pursuing a career in academia.

Without the James Pantyfedwen Grant towards tuition fee costs, such career would not have been attainable. I am very appreciative to have been in receipt of the award, and as such, would like to thank the Foundation for allowing me to pursue a career I feel passionate about. 

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Carwyn Eckley

A year ago, I was very fortunate be offerd a grant by the James Pantyfedwen Foundation to help pay part of my MA tuition fees. This was an MA in Broadcasting Journalism at Cardiff University. It was good to know that I wouldn’t have to repay an even greater loan in due course, but the award also gave me some confidence as I faced some of the most challenging parts of the course itself.

Towards the end of the twelve-month course, I applied for a post with the Welsh-language BBC evening news programme, Newyddion 9. I started the job two months ago, and thoroughly enjoy working in a busy newsroom and being able to work through the medium of Welsh. I’m very grateful to the James Pantyfedwen Foundation for helping me secure a strong footing for my career, and I would encourage any student from Wales considering postgraduate options to apply for a grant.

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Lauren Evans

I am very grateful for the immense help and support I have received from the James Pantyfedwen Foundation over the last couple of years as I studied for my MA in the School of Welsh at Swansea University. 

This research on ‘Kate Roberts a’i Chyfoedion 1970-1985: Dylanwad ac Adwaith’ (Kate Roberts and her Peers 1970-1985: Influence and Response) has given me the opportunity to enhance my linguistic, literary and cultural knowledge in the field of the Welsh short story. I have also taken advantage of every opportunity to present my research to students and academics, contributing to symposia, research courses and conferences within Swansea University and beyond.

Since receiving the James Pantyfedwen award for the MA, I have been inspired to develop the study further, and have been able to change the MA into PhD study at Swansea University. I look forward to researching other important questions regarding the influence of Kate Roberts on her young Welsh peers and the reaction and response to that influence.

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Rhodri Evetts

The purpose of the research conducted as part of my Masters degree was to address a question that has remained unsatisfactorily resolved for over 200 years, the evolution of the unique pelage of the zebra. Over the course of my studies I had hoped to further our understanding of the evolution stripiness in zebra and humbly submit that I have done so. This would not have been possible without the support of the James Pantyfedwen Foundation.

My research took me to South Africa, specifically Addo Elephant National Park. While undertaking this work I became proficient in a number of field techniques that I had never had the chance to use in the U.K, and had a chance to indulge my love of watching wildlife whilst conducting fieldwork. This was a fantastic experience. The work in South Africa enabled my co-workers and I to collect a completely unique database of zebra within a national park, with over 90% of the population being captured in our sampling. This has enabled the question of the evolution of stripes to be addressed in the most direct form since it was first raised. It is my hope that I can, in the future, use this experience to better aid conservation efforts in the UK and hope to gain employment in the field.

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Iwan Grech

The grant I received from the James Pantyfedwen Foundation was a massive help to me. Without the generous contribution form the foundation I would have struggled to pay for my tuition and would have needed an additional large student loan and a part time job while studying.

The masters course in Nuclear Energy at the University of Cambridge offers modules ranging from highly technical engineering and physics modules to safety and policy decision making modules. The course also included trips to nuclear plants in the UK which gave me an insight into future careers that were available to me thanks to the masters course and the grant towards my tuition fees.

The course also gave me the opportunity to undertake a nuclear materials module and I undertook a materials based project for my thesis working with Culham Centre for Fusion Energy (CCFE) as my industry partner. This experimental experience was my favourite part of the course and the skills learnt are transferable into a range of research areas and industries.

Conducting my project in materials science has now led to me undertaking a fully funded PhD in materials science which will involve the use of equipment I gained experience and expertise using during my Masters project.


Teleri Hughes

Teleri Hughes from Llanrwst received a grant in 2016, and she reports having “an absolutely incredible year” studying on the MA Musical Theatre course at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. “It gave me the opportunity to showcase myself to industry professionals, and finally pursue a career in acting. This wouldn't have even achievable without the help of the James Pantyfedwen trust, and for that I am forever grateful.'


Catherine Jones

Catherine Jones received a Pantyfedwen grant in 2016 to support her MA studies in Music in Bangor University, and she will graduate in the summer of 2018 with Distinction. Her research topic for the MA was Henry Brinley Richards (1817-1885), a composer and editor of the 'Songs of Wales'. Catherine has now progressed to study for a PhD, and is researching the music of the north Wales quarrying communities during the nineteenth and early twentieth century, in particular the communities associated with the Penrhyn and Dinorwig Quarries and some  of the smaller quarries in Blaenau Ffestiniog.


Jessica Lloyd Jones

Following a first degree in Fine Arts in Staffordshire University, Jessica studied for a two year MFA Sculpture degree at the Edinburgh College of Art, and was awarded a Pantyfedwen grant to support her second year. Since completing her MFA, she has pursued a career as a practicing visual artist, working at the intersection of art and science - investigating concepts of energy and natural phenomena through the experimental use of materials and light to provide new perspectives on the world in which we live. Amongst her solo exhibitions have been Particles at the National Eisteddfod, A chemical Process at Oriel Mwldan Gallery, At the Edge of Light and Darkness at the Leitrim Sculpture Centre in Ireland, and Hidden Energies at Summer hall in Edinburgh. She has also received many commissions, contributed to many group exhibitions, been a residence artist in different parts of Wales, Ireland and New York and has been the recipient of various awards. Further details can be seen on Jessica’s website: http://www.jessicalloyd-jones.com/home


Gwyn Owen

Gwyn Owen from Bangor was awarded a grant in 2015 to complete an MA course in Performance (trumpet). “With the financial support I received from the Pantyfedwen Foundation, I was able to complete my Masters course at the Royal Academy of Music, which gave me the confidence start a career as a professional musician. I was fortunate to be offered work with a professional orchestra, and the opportunity to prepare for this with the college tutors was very valuable. I spent a year with my main commitment being one of two leading trumpeters with the Southbank Sinfonia. I now work regularly as a soloist and with brass ensembles, and have also started a trial period as a trumpeteer with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra." 

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Lowri Thomas

Lowri Thomas plans to make a living in and through music as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral player within an orchestra of national and international standing. “Through the generous support from the James Pantyfedwen Foundation to study as a postgraduate Violist at the Royal College of Music, I have been given the opportunity to achieve excellence in my playing and technical expertise and built upon the knowledge I have acquired over the four years of undergraduate study. In my future career, I want to join a professional orchestra, such as the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the London Symphony Orchestra, and aim to encourage others with my musical ambitions and give back as much support as I received to inspire the next generation of artists.”


Sophie Williams

'I was extremely fortunate to receive funding from the James Pantyfedwen Foundation; for the duration of my doctorate. Their generous donation enabled me to fulfil my dream of postgraduate education and to pursue my scholarship into Welsh and Basque national identity to its fullest potential, generating peer-reviewed articles and a forthcoming monograph. Since completing my studies, I have qualified as a languages teacher and now work in the Civil Service, where I continue to benefit from the research skills gained through my doctoral investigation. I am extremely grateful to the Foundation for their support, without which I would have struggled to fund my PhD.'