A Cardiff academic studying the use of the Welsh language returned to her old college in Gwynedd to conduct research with current students.

Cardiff University researcher Dr Lowri Williams, originally of Llanbedrog, returned to Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor after more than eight years on Thursday, December 6, as part of a nationwide study.

She spent the day at the Pwllheli campus recording conversations among students using the Welsh language for the Welsh National Corpus (CorCenCC) - a project to create a major language resource for Welsh speakers, Welsh learners and Welsh language researchers.

Lowri said:

It feels so strange being back, especially driving up the hill to the college - all these memories were flooding back of walking up this hill.

Among my friends, I passed my driving test first so, of course, everyone always wanted a lift!

I've also seen some familiar faces walking about which is a strange feeling!

Lowri, who's now 27, studied her A-Levels in Welsh, Maths, IT and Art at the college between 2008 and 2010.

She progressed to Cardiff University where she gained a degree in Computer Science before winning a scholarship to do her PhD.

The researcher is currently travelling Wales to gather recordings of people using their day-to-day Welsh in cafes, pubs, schools and other public spaces.

Lowri added:

We hope at the end of this collection we will be able to show how exactly we speak and use Welsh.

There might be words that exist when we talk but not in the dictionary.

We want to create this resource for a lot of reasons but, think for example how you can always tell when someone has learnt Welsh - the Welsh they speak is too formal.

This study is to look at how people actually speak the language day to day.

Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor Assistant Principal Bryn Hughes Parry said:

It was a real pleasure to welcome Lowri back to the college.

The fact she's progressed into a great academic career working for Cardiff University is absolutely brilliant - she's done very well!

Welsh is a fundamental part of the ethos here at the Pwllheli campus, and I hope Lowri got some valuable data for her research.

For more information about courses at Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor, visit www.gllm.ac.uk/a-levels.