Milestone for journalism research and education
26 June 2017
The new home for Cardiff University’s School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies has reached a building milestone.
A topping out ceremony was held at Number 2 Central Square in the city centre to celebrate progress on the build, as the highest point of the new structure was reached.
Professor Stuart Allan, Head of School and Professor Karen Holford, the University’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor were present for the event, along with invited guests including representatives from BBC Wales and Huw Thomas, Leader of Cardiff City Council.
“A creative capital”
Professor Stuart Allan, Head of the School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies, said: “This is an auspicious moment for the School, one affording us the opportunity to share our pride in Cardiff University’s investment in our aim to be a world-class leader in journalism and media education at the heart of Cardiff as a creative capital.”
Situated alongside national broadcaster BBC Wales, the School’s relocation to Number 2 Central Square will build stronger industry links and boost students’ employability by providing direct access to major media organisations within journalism and the creative and cultural industries.
Work is due to begin on the layout and interior design of the School in August 2017. Plans include a 300 seat lecture theatre, six newsrooms, dedicated editing suites, TV and radio studios, postgraduate research space, a library and innovation and stakeholder engagement labs, amongst other features.
The relocation is part of a wider £260m investment by the University to transform its student experience. In total, the University is investing £600m over the coming years to provide students with world class facilities in the largest campus upgrade in a generation.