Heulwen (and any others who may be wondering),
The message board, while under the auspices of OBOD, is not connected to the office's database so we don't know who's studying what unless the members tell us. So just signing up for the message board won't get you access to the OBOD members' areas until you write and ask for it, verifying your eligibility with a quote from a gwers of your grade (see viewtopic.php?f=247&t=30632
). Once you're in, you'll find the codes for the grade Awens in the OBOD General Discussion forum, which will be visible to you once you're added to the Ovate (or any other OBOD grade) group, and the "OBOD Ovate" designation will be added under your avatar (unless you request that it not be shown).
Hope that helps.