New College Campus and the Cardiff Convention

New College Campus Officially Opens

Cardiff and Vale College has a brand new city centre campus and I was delighted to attend the official opening where I met students and staff.


The launch of the £45m Canal Parade site marks the start of a new chapter for further education in the city and offers opportunities for students of all ages. The College is also keen to work with the wider community, offering flexible conference facilities and meeting spaces.

The new city centre campus is located within minutes of major transport hubs including Cardiff Central Station, making its learning, leisure and business opportunities even more accessible. Check out the video below and see how impressive this new facility really is!

The new campus includes shops, a rooftop restaurant with great views across Cardiff and a commercial salon, where students will receive vocational training, learning the skills needed in a professional, public-facing environment.

Shwmae to Cardiff’s new Welsh Language and Cultural Centre!

Last week marked Shwmae/Su’mae Day – giving everyone the chance to use the Welsh they have, however limited, and celebrate that the Welsh language belongs to us all. I took the opportunity to drop by the Old Library to check on progress of Cardiff’s new Welsh Centre.


Once opened the Centre– Yr Hen Lyfrgell – at the Old Library will offer opportunities to learn and speak Welsh, with facilities including a cafe bar, teaching rooms and exhibition space. Partners set to be involved include Cardiff University, Menter Caerdydd and Clwb Ifor Bach.

This is a really exciting development for the city and I’ll keep you updated as work continues to progress!

The Cardiff Convention

Later this month the city hosts the second Cardiff Convention – an event designed to bring together specialists from the Cardiff Capital Region and international experts to debate how we can advance our vision of becoming Europe’s most liveable capital city.

Last year’s event was a real success, bringing people from across Cardiff’s public, private and third sectors, together with colleagues who had successfully delivered on liveability and city region working from across the globe. This year we’ll learn about Austin in Texas, the development of a city-region brand in Bern, Switzerland and work undertaken in Copenhagen to deliver a liveable city during a period of sustained growth.

Cardiff has a huge role to play in connecting the Capital Capital Region to the world. Events like this inspire us to take an outward look at what we should be doing better, as well as giving us the opportunity to learn from world leaders in city development and ‘liveability’ – a term that covers many of the factors that make a city a great place to live, such as access to attractive parks and green spaces.

I’ll be speaking at the event about my vision for the city and how I think we’ll achieve it! You can get involved in the day by following the event on 29th October using the hashtag #cdffuture on Twitter.