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What exactly is the future for higher education in Wales?

19 May 2010

As the higher education sector faces one of its most challenging times in a generation, Wales’ Education Minister will be using a public lecture to discuss what the future holds for the sector in Wales.

In what will be his first public address on higher education since announcing the funding allocations for higher education for 2010/11 and his intention to review Higher Education (HE) Governance in Wales, Leighton Andrews AM, the Minister for Children, Education and Lifelong Learning, will consider how the sector can work together to deliver the scale of change and delivery necessary to meet the needs of the Welsh economy, local communities and learners in the 21st century.

Hosted by Cardiff University’s School of City and Regional Planning as part of the School of City and Regional Planning’s Innovation and Engagement programme, the lecture will be introduced by Cardiff University’s Vice-Chancellor Dr David Grant, and chaired by the School’s Professor Kevin Morgan.

Leighton Andrews AM will draw on the goals laid out in For Our Future - the Welsh Assembly Government’s twenty-first century strategy for a competitive, robust and sustainable higher education sector in Wales, describing how the sector as a whole can remould and renew in order to be fit for the century ahead.

The public lecture will take place on Tuesday 25th May in the University’s Glamorgan Building on King Edward V11 Avenue in Cardiff. A drinks reception will precede the lecture which will start at 6.20pm.

The event is free and open to members of the public. Places can be booked by contacting Evelyn Osborne via email at


For more information contact:

Lowri Jones
Public Relations
Cardiff University
T: 02920 870 995

Notes to Editors

1. Cardiff School of City and Regional Planning is the largest and most active planning school in the UK and has an outstanding record of academic achievement. Its teaching has been rated as ‘excellent’ and the latest government assessment of research in British universities has reinforced its status as the premier academic School of its type in Britain.
The School plays a leading international role in its fields of expertise and its research has an agenda-setting influence in key debates on the development, management and sustainability of cities and regions.
The School’s research is structured around five large research groups and is leading developments in environment; housing; spatial analysis; spatial planning and city environments; and urban and regional governance.

2. Cardiff University is recognised in independent government assessments as one of Britain’s leading teaching and research universities and is a member of the Russell Group of the UK’s most research intensive universities. Among its academic staff are two Nobel Laureates, including the winner of the 2007 Nobel Prize for Medicine, Professor Sir Martin Evans.

Founded by Royal Charter in 1883, today the University combines impressive modern facilities and a dynamic approach to teaching and research. The University’s breadth of expertise in research and research-led teaching encompasses: the humanities; the natural, physical, health, life and social sciences; engineering and technology; preparation for a wide range of professions; and a longstanding commitment to lifelong learning.