New Aberystwyth University head on Bangor co-operation

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The new vice-chancellor of Aberystwyth University says she is prepared to look at the possibility of working more closely with Bangor University.

But Prof April McMahon said she hoped the university would first be given an opportunity to show what it could offer on its own.

The Welsh Government has backed plans that would see many higher education institutions merge.

Her appointment as vice-chancellor attracted controversy at the time because she was not a Welsh speaker.

The university did not specify the new vice-chancellor should be able to speak Welsh, but the successful applicant was expected to learn the language to a modest standard before starting work.

But Prof McMahon, a Scots speaker and linguistics expert, has made progress with the language over the past seven months, and she speaks to reporter Cemlyn Davies in English and Welsh.

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