The deputy principal of Cardiff and Vale College has defended the management of the further education provider.
Mark Roberts insisted fears about falling standards for students due to cost-cutting measures and redundancies are unfounded.
The restructuring that we're doing is based on trying to focus staff efforts more on frontline learner support, reducing the amount of time spent on internal processes, and making sure that we're focused on meeting students' needs.
He also defended the fact that more than £25,000 has been spent on overseas flights this year, and insisted that business class tickets are appropriate for long-haul flights, when going into meetings with senior government and partner officials.
The overseas trips will be generating over £500,000 of new income for next year which will help offset some of the funding reductions.
We've got to make £3m savings, and I recognise that's going to be very uncomfortable and worrying for some staff.
But that's why we're doing something about it, that's why we've invested in a new campus, that's why we're getting income from overseas.
An ITV News investigation has found significant concerns about the way further education provider Cardiff and Vale College is being run.
A member of staff contacted us to raise their fears, describing it as "a really unpleasant place to work, with morale at an all-time low," due to pressure from management, cost-cutting that affects teaching, and worries surrounding redundancies.
More than 80 academic and support staff have been given voluntary redundancy since 2011, with the college currently considering further employee reductions.
The UNISON Union says many of its members have "deep-seated fears" that cutbacks mean the college cannot continue delivering the standard of education that students should expect.
College leaders say they have to make up a £3m budget gap next year, due to Welsh Government funding cuts.
Money-saving measures have included changing the college's toilet paper supplier - while spending has increased elsewhere.
The college principal's salary rose by £20,000 to £140,000 at the end of his probation period.
Information obtained by ITV News under a Freedom of Information request shows spending on overseas travel for the principal and other senior members of staff has increased from nothing when the college was formed by a merger in 2011, to more than £25,000 this year.
£10,522 was spent on return flights to Malaysia, in business class.
South Wales Police are appealing for information after a theft of a 'valuable' stamp collection album from a flat in Barry.
It belonged a partially-sighted elderly man living at Court Mews on Court Road in the town.
Police say he had a number of visitors during recent weeks, and believe the theft to have taken place during this time.
The album is described as a brown photo album style book with a name inscribed in gold on the first page.
An elderly man who was impaled on railings in Barry has been taken to hospital with serious injuries.
We were called at 11.28am today to reports a man had injured himself on a fence on Vale View, Barry. An emergency ambulance attended, and a man in his 70s with serious injuries was taken to the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff.
South Wales Fire and Rescue are dealing with an incident in Barry, where an elderly man has become injured on railings.
Update Barry: Paramedics are treating the casualty and crews are clearing immediate area of undergrowth to prepare rescue operations
Update Barry: (sorry folks not pleasant this) Elderly male impaled on railings, paramedics in attendance with fire crews assessing rescue
Crews from Barry are responding to a report of a casualty falen from a tree onto railings call received at 11:33 will keep you updated
An architect has paid £60,000 for an old watchtower in Barry after it went up for auction with a guide price of just £1,000.
The un-named buyer, who is from London and has family connections in Barry, bought the 150-year-old coastguard watchtower after it went under the hammer in Cardiff.
The winning bidder fought off competition from14 other buyers to take home the keys to the watchtower overlooking the Bristol Channel, which was owned by the Vale of Glamorgan council.
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A kitten has had a lucky escape after getting stuck in the engine of a car in Barry.
The female, estimated to be 7-8 weeks old, had to be rescued by South Wales Fire Service after she was discovered in a Peugeot.
Staff at RSPCA Cymru are now trying to trace her owners.
Inspector Danielle Baber said: ”Kittens are curious by nature but luckily this cheeky creature’s adventure didn’t result in any harm coming to her.
"She is a very vocal little cat, with lots of personality, but sadly she isn’t microchipped or wearing ID so we have no idea where she came from. If anyone in the Barry area is missing a black kitten, I would urge them to contact us immediately.”
Anyone who thinks they know who this kitten belongs to is asked to contact the inspector’s information line on 0300 123 8018.
Now with only a week to go before Christmas...no doubt the music world's already starting to wonder what song will top the charts this year. Hoping for airplay is a group of schoolchildren from Penarth and Barry.
The Rocketeers formed as a band 12 months ago and now they've released their very own Christmas track. Hannah Thomas went to meet them.
Children from three schools in Penarth and Barry have recorded a new song in time for Christmas - and are aiming for the number one spot!
The group, who all have physical and learning difficulties,teamed up to write, perform and record the single 'It's Christmas Time' with the help of producer Gethin Jon, who has worked with a number of stars including Charlotte Church.
Ashgrove School, Ysgol Erw'r Delyn and Ysgol Maes Dyfan will host a major launch for the song this week as part of the school's Christmas concert.