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Multimillion pound scheme will give 'powerful message'

A new £300m plan to boost Cardiff as a centre for job growth and wealth creation will give "a powerful message to send to the international community" according to the university's vice-chancellor.

Working with the Welsh and UK governments, local authorities such as Cardiff Council, the NHS in Wales, business partners and civic society, Cardiff Innovation System can establish the University, the City and Wales as international leaders in innovation.

Promoting Wales as a capital for job and wealth creation, a source of highly skilled-graduates and a thriving centre for innovation and commercialisation, is a powerful message to send to the international community.

– Professor Colin Riordan, Cardiff University vice-chancellor

Campus scheme designed to drive economic prosperity

Plans have been unveiled for a new £300m campus and research park Credit: Cardiff University

Cardiff University has unveiled plans for a £300m campus and social science research park.

It's all part of aims to drive an "innovation-led growth that will boost the Welsh economy".

An ambitious vision is being announced by Cardiff University’s vice-chancellor.

Professor Colin Riordan, wants the university to be internationally recognised for future prosperity, health and growth in Wales and beyond.

Derailment hits train services

Network Rail says there was a derailment in the early hours of this morning at Porthkerry in the Vale of Glamorgan.

Two wagons of a freight train came off the rails and accident investigators are at the scene.

Nobody was hurt but services between Bridgend and Barry have been suspended. A bus service has been introduced.

There is no word yet on when train services will resume.

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Meeting to be held over proposed closures of eleven Rhondda Cynon Taf schools

Parents have taken to social media to express their anger over plans for Rhondda Cynon Taf council to close 11 of its schools.

Under the new plans, children from ages 3 to 16 will be taught at the same school. Credit: ITV Wales News

The proposals are to be discussed at a council cabinet meeting later today.

Councillors are expected to discuss the possibility of replacing the closed schools with 'middle schools' which will teach children from ages 3 to 16.

The local authority says the plans will aim to raise standards and offer pupils 21st century school facilities.

But some parents are concerned about having children of different ages taught at the same school.

The plans come after the local authority announced it's to make a third round of cuts to its services.

Nursery education, street cleaning and town events could all face being axed as the councils looks to make up a £30 million funding gap.

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