Economy Secretary sees USW's creative facilities

Ken Skates visit to Cardiff Campus

Left-right: Tom Ware, Head of School of Media; Economy Secretary Ken Skates AM; Professor Jane McCloskey, Dean of the Faculty of Creative Industries

A Welsh Government Cabinet Secretary got to see the multi-million-pound creative industries facilities on offer to students during a visit to the University of South Wales (USW) Cardiff Campus.

Economy & Infrastructure Secretary Ken Skates spent an afternoon at USW’s Atrium building – which was officially opened by BBC Director General, Lord Tony Hall, last November – to learn more about the creative industries courses available at the University.

He was shown the range of state-of-the-art creative spaces at the newly-enhanced building in the heart of Cardiff, which is designed to replicate industry workplaces across the creative sector.

USW staff and students took him on a tour of the professional dance studios, broadcast film and TV studios, photography studios, drama theatre spaces, animation renderfarm and music recording studios.

After the visit, the Economy Secretary said: “We have been working hard to support our Creative Industries. This is now a key sector within the Welsh economy, with the number of people working within it having increased by more than 50% over the past decade.

“The University of South Wales is already highly respected for its record in turning out industry-ready graduates. I am confident these new and impressive facilities, combined with the University’s professional approach and strong links with the industry, will ensure continued success for students, the University of South Wales and the wider creative sector in Wales.”

Professor Jane McCloskey, Dean of the Faculty of Creative Industries, said: “We are delighted that the Cabinet Secretary was able to visit us, and see our work in helping to develop a powerhouse for growth and creativity.

“We’re providing a pipeline of creative talent. We do this through teaching by professionals who work in their industries. We do it through placements with our partners in the creative economy, from film studios to animation start-ups, and we do it in the most innovative professional simulation facilities.”

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