Dr Mirain Rhys is a lecturer and placement coordinator at the School of Psychology. She joined the department in 2016 after working in research for a number of years. Her expertise span the fields of Education and Bilingualism. Her current research interests lie in the development/ transition of the Welsh language within education, the community and the home and how this compares with other international examples of minority language populations. She has conducted research and published in many areas, including early years education, bilingualism, minority languages and the Welsh language.
Previous to joining Cardiff Metropolitan University, Mirain held a Research Associate position at the Welsh Institute for Social and Economic Research, Methods and Data (WISERD) and played a leading role in a variety of independent evaluations of Welsh Government early years education policies:
3 Year Foundation Phase Evaluation:
Evaluation of the Foundation Phase Flexibility Pilots:
Evaluation of the Pupil Deprivation Grant:
Mirain completed a PhD with supervision from Professor Enlli Thomas, looking at the impact of bilingual education on children's cognitive and linguistic skills and parental attitudes towards bilingualism in 2013. This followed on from the completion of a Psychology degree (BSc) in 2009, both at Bangor University. Mirain is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Mirain is currently conducting a research project looking at the development of Welsh medium provision in Higher Education, collaborating on writing projects on the topic of Welsh as a second language, and is part of the Women in Education Mentoring Scheme.
Mirain enjoys working with government bodies, educational institutions and fellow researchers for the development of realistic, sustainable strategies and solutions driven by a sound evidence base.
Wider research interests + expertise: Bilingualism, bilingual education, best practice, Welsh language issues, policy evaluation, higher education and language choice, minority languages, child development and early years education.
Project supervision requests and collaborations on the above topics are welcomed.