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University of South Wales students make dragon fly

Students and graduates from the University of South Wales have developed a dragon Credit: CADW

Students and graduates from the University of South Wales have developed and made a dragon as part of a Welsh advertising campaign.

They used this model, seen at Caerphilly Castle, as a basis for their design. The advert sees the creature fly from Caerphilly to Chepstow, Cardiff Bay, Harlech Castle, and then finally, landing at Caernarfon Castle.

Some of the students who worked on the project Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

Watch Megan Boot's exclusive behind the scenes look to see how it was made:

It took the group of 12 students and graduates of the University of South Wales weeks to produce the film for Cadw:

Miles travelling between locations
Production hours

The students say it's been an exciting project to be involved with, and hope it will showcase their talent.

£45m student accommodation plan for Swansea

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Plans have been revealed for a £45million student housing development in Swansea which developers say will feature some of the best student accommodation in the UK.

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The 507-bed building, would be built on a temporary surface car park between Technium 1 and the Ethos building on King’s Road.

Proposals have been submitted to planners at Swansea Council. If approved, construction is scheduled to begin in November 2016 with completion estimated for early summer 2018.


Cardiff Council agrees to consider shortening school holidays

Cardiff Council has agreed to consider shortening the summer school holidays, from six weeks to five.

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The motion, which was passed at a council meeting on Thursday night, could mean a shorter break for more than 50,000 children.

Parents say an extra week would allow them to book cheaper holidays.

Things won't move forward as quickly as I'd have hoped, but I look forward to the issue being given consideration, and I hope progress can be made.

– Cllr Ed Bridges, Cardiff Council

The idea will now be explored by a council committee.

Report praises improvements in SE Wales schools

A new report has praised the improvements made by schools in South East Wales over the last four years.

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The report by education inspectorate Estyn shows that 'the rate of improvement in pupils' outcomes at key stage 4 has been faster than across Wales as a whole over the last three years.

I'm pleased but not surprised with this very positive outcome.

Standards across the region have seen significant improvement over the last couple of years and this is in part due to the focus that the Education Achievement Service has brought to pupil level outcomes in every single school.

The five councils that make up the region took a bold decision several years ago to move services into a company structure.

This decision is proving to be a good one and I expect to see further improvements in outcomes for young people this summer and in the years ahead.

We are in a good place but we are not complacent. I want all of these 'Good' judgements converting to 'Excellent' over the next couple of years.

– Paul Matthews, lead Chief Executive for the region


Consultation opens on Llangennech schools becoming Welsh medium

Carmarthenshire’s executive board today approved a move to remove the English language stream from Llangennech primary schools and make them Welsh medium only.

The board also plans to amalgamate the junior and infant schools in to one institution.

Carmarthenshire’s executive board has approved the removal of the English language stream from Llangennech primary schools Credit: Google Maps

Many parents have expressed their concerns about the school losing its bilingual status.

A final decision on the proposals will be taken by the County Council.

A statutory notice is to be published regarding the changes.

The notice period will include further opportunities for parents, staff and the community to comment on the proposals before any decisions are taken by council.

The notice period is expected to take around three months.

“I have listened to the views of all those for and against these proposals, and I respect the opinions of both.

As an executive board, we feel that the next step should be the statutory notice which is a formal process and will help inform the decision of council when it meets to determine this matter.

– Cllr Gareth Jones, executive board member

Kirsty Williams: EU students and staff welcome at Welsh universities

Welsh Education Secretary Kirsty Williams has said that EU students and staff are welcome and valued at universities across Wales amid concerns raised in the aftermath of the referendum.

Speaking ahead of her tour of Swansea University's £450 million Science and Innovation campus, she has celebrated the "long and proud tradition of European students coming to Swansea."

Now we face uncertainty and worry following the recent referendum. I want to be clear that students and staff from across the European Union are still welcome at Swansea University, indeed they are welcome at all Welsh Universities. Those already studying here, and those who are planning to come are still welcome, our places of learning are still there for you.

Let me be clear, we will not tolerate any form of racial abuse whether on our campuses or within the wider communities in which we are rooted. Welsh universities will continue to recruit and teach students from the EU and the wider world. The Welsh Government is determined to protect Wales' reputation as a friendly and tolerant place to study and carry out world-class research. Whatever the long-term implication of the vote, we remain an outward looking and welcoming nation where we are committed to sharing knowledge across national borders.

– Kirsty Williams, Welsh Education Secretary
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