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Glyndŵr University Centre for the Creative Industries officially opened


1 April 2011

Carwyn Jones, First Minister of Wales, has officially opened a new £5m centre dedicated to supporting the creative industries.

The opening of the Centre for the Creative Industries at Glyndwr University was marked by a day of workshops as the facility opened its doors for the first time.

The centre, which contains new TV, radio and online production studios, will provide students from disciplines such as art and design, media, and computing with access to cutting edge training and development facilities. It will play a key role in the University's new BSc/BA (Hons) Television degree, and is also the new home of BBC Cymru Wales in north east Wales.

Speaking at the opening, the First Minister said: “There has been some fantastic creative output from Wales in the last 30 years, with exports such as Superted and Fireman Sam being broadcast around the world. This new centre will provide a wonderful base to build on this success, as an inspiring place where creativity and ideas can be turned into jobs and companies.”

Professor Michael Scott, Vice-Chancellor of Glyndwr University, said: “It really is a delight to see so many people here to see the opening of the new creative industries centre. Glyndwr University’s mission is to become an expert in the economic and social development of the north east Wales region and our relationship with the BBC through this fantastic new facility defines all that we do."

Keith Jones, Director of BBC Cymru Wales, said: “Our partnership with Glyndwr University and our move to this striking new building cements even more firmly our commitment to collaboration and to north east Wales. It provides a purpose built home for what has developed into a dynamic and important part of BBC Wales.

“Here, the Wrexham team of news and general programme makers will continue doing what it does best – that is, first rate journalism for television, radio and online in English and in Welsh.”

As well as being given tours of the new facility and the chance to view creative industries workshops, visitors to the official opening witnessed a Welsh premiere of a 38-minute short film.

The Hawk, starring Robin Gwyn Davin, Steffan Thomas and Philip Madoc, was produced by Glyndŵr University graduates with the support of film executives behind the Oscar-winning The King’s Speech.

Catch up with the launch online

We had the launch covered in words, pictures and sound. Catch up with the highlights:

A tumblr live blog of the launch from our journalism staff and students

A web album of the official opening by First Minister Carwyn Jones

MP3 recordings of speeches from the launch

University open day