Dr Mirain Rhys


Dr Mirain Rhys    Position: LecturerCymraeg
   School: Cardiff School of Sport and Health Sciences
   E-mail: mrhys@cardiffmet.ac.uk
   Twitter: @mirainrhys
   Telephone: +44 (0)29 2041 6892
   Room No: D3.13


Module Leader
  • PSY5008 Work and Volunteering in Applied Psychology

Level 4 teaching
  • PSY4009 Psychological Literacy
  • PSY4004 Developmental Psychology

Level 5 teaching
  • PSY5003 Childhood Issues and Disorders
  • PSY5008 Work and Volunteering in Applied Psychology

  • SSF3020 Foundation in Social Sciences Extended Essay
  • PSY5008 Work and Volunteering in Applied Psychology
  • PSY6001 Undergraduate Research Project
  • PSY6111 Work and Volunteering in Applied Psychology 2

Personal Tutor
  • Foundation in Social Sciences
  • Level 4
  • Level 5

Other Responsibilities
  • Placement Coordinator
  • Psychology School and College External Visits Lead
  • Welsh Medium Provision Development Lead

  • BBC Directory of Expertise
  • British Educational Research Association
  • Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol, Cardiff Metropolitan University Branch
  • Cardiff Metropolitan University Department of Psychology Ethics Committee
  • Early Years Education Special Interest Group (School of Education, Cardiff Metropolitan University)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Research in Student Experience (RISE) Group (School of Psychology, Cardiff Metropolitan University)
  • Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research, Methods and Data (WISERD) Language, Culture & Identity Research Group

Honours & Awards
  • Shortlisted for a Student Led Teaching Fellowship (2016)


Refereed Journal Articles
  • Matthew Johnson, Emily Danvers, Tamsin Hinton-Smith, Kate Atkinson, Gareth Bowden, John Foster, Kristina Garner, Paul Garrud, Sarah Greaves, Patricia Harris, Momna Hejmadi, David Hill, Gwen Hughes, Louise Jackson, Angela O’Sullivan, Séamus ÓTuama, Pilar Perez Brown, Pete Philipson, Simon Ravenscroft, Mirain Rhys, Tom Ritchie, Jon Talbot, David Walker, Jon Watson, Myfanwy Williams & Sharon Williams (2019) HIGHER EDUCATION OUTREACH: EXAMINING KEY CHALLENGES FOR ACADEMICS, British Journal of Educational Studies, 67:4, 469-491, DOI: 10.1080/00071005.2019.1572101
  • Power, S., Rhys, M., Taylor, C. & Waldron, S. (2018). Context and Implications Document for: How child-centred education favours some learners more than others. Review of Education. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/rev3.3143
  • Power, S., Rhys, M., Taylor, C. & Waldron, S. (2018). How child-centred education favours some learners more than others. Review of Education. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/rev3.3137
  • Rhys, M. (2018). Y Gymraeg yn y Cyfnod Sylfaen (Welsh in the Foundation Phase). Gwerddon, 26, 39-68. http://www.gwerddon.cymru/cy/rhifynnau/rhifyn26/erthygl2/
  • Taylor, C., Rhys, M., & Waldron, S. (2016). Implementing curriculum reform in Wales: the case of the Foundation Phase. Oxford Review of Education.
  • Rhys, M. & Thomas, E. (2013) Bilingual Welsh–English children's acquisition of vocabulary and reading: implications for bilingual education. International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism. DOI:10.1080/13670050.2012.706248.

Book Chapters
  • Young, N., Thomas, E., Rhys, M., & Kennedy, I. (2017). The linguistic, cognitive and emotional consequences of minority language bilingualism. In Lauchlan, F., & Parafita-Couto, M. C. (Eds.), Bilingualism and Minority Languages in Europe: Current trends and developments. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Welsh Government Reports
  • Egan, D., Beauchamp, G., Rhys, M., & Williams, A. (2019). Research into the deployment of primary school support staff in Wales. Cardiff: Welsh Government. (Digital ISBN 978-1-83876-682-5). Available at https://gov.wales/sites/default/files/statistics-and-research/2019-07/research-into-the-deployment-of-primary-school-support-staff_0.pdf
  • Taylor, C., Maynard, T., Davies, R., Waldron, S., Rhys, M., Power, S., Moore, L., Blackaby, D., & Plewis, I. (2016). Evaluating the Foundation Phase: Technical Report. Cardiff: Welsh Government. (ISBN 978-1-4734-6765-1).
  • Taylor, C., Rhys., M., Waldron, S., Davies, R., Power, S., Maynard, T., Moore, L., Blackaby, D., & Plewis, I. (2015). Evaluating the Foundation Phase: Final Report. Cardiff: Welsh Government. (ISBN: 978-1-4734-3605-3).
  • Taylor, C., Davies, R., Rhys, M., Waldron, S., & Blackaby, D. (2015). Evaluating the Foundation Phase: The Outcomes of Foundation Phase Pupils up to 2011/12 (Report 2). Cardiff: Welsh Government. (ISBN: 978-1-4734-2831-7).
  • Taylor, C., Maynard, T., Davies, R., Waldron, S., Rhys, M., Power, S., Moore, L., Blackaby, D., & Plewis, I. (2014). Evaluating the Foundation Phase: Update and Technical Report 2012/13. Cardiff: Welsh Government. (ISBN: 978-1-4734-1000-8).
  • Davies, R., Taylor, C., Maynard, T., Rhys, M., Waldron, S., & Blackaby. (2013). Evaluating the Foundation Phase: The Outcomes of Foundation Phase Pupils (Report 1). Cardiff: Welsh Government. (ISBN 978-0-7504-8525-8).
  • Maynard, T., Taylor, C., Waldron, S., Rhys, M., Smith, R., Power, S., & Clement, J. (2012). Evaluating the Foundation Phase: Policy Logic Model and Programme Theory. Cardiff: Welsh Government (ISBN 978-0-7504-8080-2).
  • Taylor, C., Maynard, T., Davies, R., Waldron, S., Rhys, M., Power, S., Moore, L., Blackaby., & Plewis, I., (2013). Evaluating the Foundation Phase: Annual Report 2011/12. Cardiff: Welsh Government. (ISBN: 978-0-7504-8283-7).
  • Taylor, C., Rhys, M., & Waldron, S. (2013). The Best Start in Life: what do we know about the impact of early interventions on children's life chances? Evidence Symposium Briefing Paper. Cardiff: Wales Institute of Social & Economic Research, Data & Methods (WISERD), Cardiff University (ESRC reference: ES/J020648/1).

Doctoral Thesis
  • Rhys, M. (2013). Bilingual children's linguistic and cognitive skills in a minority language context. Bangor: Bangor University.

Media Publications
  • Rhys, M. (2014, November 5). The trouble with bilingual education: The ever increasing gap between research, policy and practice. Click on Wales (Institute of Welsh Affairs news analysis magazine) http://www.clickonwales.org/2014/11/the-trouble-with-bilingual-education-the-ever-increasing-gap-between-research-policy-and-practice/

  • Rhys, M. (in preparation). Bilingual children's language use and parental attitudes in Wales.
  • Rhys, M. & Smith, K. (in preparation). Exploring pupils' and teachers' perceptions and experiences of Welsh language instruction. To appear in the Journal of Multilingual + Multicultural Development.
  • Smith, K. and Rhys, M. (in preparation). The Pupils' Debate: A conversation of pupils' perceptions regarding the value of learning and speaking Welsh.

Current Research Funding
  • 2018: £51,600, 'Research Into the Deployment of Classroom Based Support Staff in Primary Schools in Wales' funded by the Welsh Government (with Professor D. Egan, Professor G. Beauchamp & Ms A. Williams).
  • 2017-2018 £5000, 'Feasibility Study: Welsh medium provision development in the School of Health Sciences at Cardiff Metropolitan University'. Funded by the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol (Principal Investigator).

Completed Research Funding
  • 2016-2017 Scoping Evaluation of Immersion within the Foundation Phase in Wales. Funded by Welsh Government (with Dr Kathryn Jones, Iaith & research team).
  • 2013- 2016 £119,000, 'Evaluation of the Foundation Phase Flexibility Pilots', funded by the Welsh Government (with Professor C. Taylor and Dr S. Waldron).

Media Involvement


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:

WISERD Education:

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.