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Devolution – 10 years on

14 April 2009


A host of leading Welsh academics and politicians will gather in Cardiff next week to consider how Wales has changed since devolution.

The University’s Wales Governance Centre has joined forces with the Institute of Welsh Affairs (IWA) to organise a major devolution conference.

The Devolution Decade, which takes place at Cardiff’s Royal Hotel on Monday 20th April, will be chaired by Sir Emyr Jones Parry, Chair of the All Wales Convention.

The conference will hear speeches from some of Wales’ leading figures including the Welsh Assembly’s Permanent Secretary, Dame Gillian Morgan; Professor Kevin Morgan, Cardiff School of City and Regional Planning, and the University’s newly appointed Wales Governance Centre Director, Professor Richard Wyn Jones.

Other speakers at the one-day event include: Professor Brian Morgan, University of Wales Institute Cardiff, Professor David Reynolds, University of Plymouth and Professor Marcus Longley, University of Glamorgan.

The conference will conclude with an all-party political discussion. Chaired by BBC Wales’ Political Editor, Betsan Powys the panel will consist of Welsh Labour’s Huw Lewis AM, Plaid Cymru’s Elfyn Llwyd MP, Welsh Liberal Democrat Jenny Randerson AM and Welsh Conservative, David Melding AM.

Also making a rare visit to Cardiff is First Minister of Northern Ireland, Rt Hon Peter Robinson MLA. Peter Robinson will deliver a lecture in which he will consider the devolution process in Northern Ireland and the problems of managing an asymmetric union.

Supported by the University’s Wales Governance Centre the event takes place on Thursday 23rd April at Cardiff Law School followed by a Dinner at Aberdare Hall, Corbett Road.

For further information or to reserve a place at both events please contact the Institute of Welsh Affairs (IWA) on 029 2066 0820 or by e-mail:

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