The Wales Governance Centre has a varied programme of events, such as lectures, debates, receptions and conferences. The majority are held in the Pierhead building, free of charge, and are open to the public.
If you would like to attend one of our events, please send an e-mail message in order to register to


Ministering to Education- a lecture with Leighton Andrews AM

8 October 2014, 5.45pm drinks reception, talk begins at 6.30pm

Committee Room 1, Glamorgan Building, Cardiff University main campus

On Wednesday 8th October, Leighton Andrews will give a talk at Cardiff University as part of a lecture series Ministering to Education that will promote debate in education, offering the inside story on several key decisions and reforms made during his time as Education Minister (2009–2013).

The lectures are held in tandem with publication of Leighton’s new book, Ministering to Education – the first by a former Welsh Government Minister since the creation of the National Assembly in 1999 – and will consider, following Michael Gove’s departure as Westminster Education Secretary, whether Wales or England has fared better.

Twice named Welsh Politician of the Year during his time as Education Minister (2009–2013), Leighton has been described as “irresponsible and mistaken” by Michael Gove and “the best Education Minister in the UK” by Alistair Campbell.

From the failure to follow through on Richard Daugherty’s report after SATs were abolished to the decision to re-grade exam results when English Language GCSE exams came under fire in 2012 (with information on Ofqual’s comments on Wales, never before made public), the free lecture will consider the effect such decisions have had in setting the education systems of England and Wales on diverging paths, and comment on the complex challenges that still lie ahead to make the Welsh education system as good as any in the world. With Q&A at the end.

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All Party Parliamentary Group on Reform, De-centralisation and Devolution in the United Kingdom

Lord Foulkes of Cumnock (Labour) &Lord Purvis of Tweed (Liberal Democrats) invite you to review the outcome of the Scottish referendum

3.30pm – 5.30pm, 14th October 2014

Archbishops Room, Palace of Westminster

Chair: Huw Edwards


Professor John Curtice (University of Strathclyde)

Professor Nicola McEwen (University of Edinburgh)

Professor Roger Scully (Cardiff University)

David Mundell MP (Conservatives)

Anas Sarwar MSP (Labour)

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The National Assembly for Wales: Studying the Welsh Legislature

9.30am – 5pm, 17th October 2014 at the Pierhead, Cardiff Bay

Keynote Speaker: Professor the Lord Norton of Louth


Professor Laura McAllister

Professor Roger Scully

Professor Thomas Watkin

Dr Sylvia Shaw

Dr Diana Stirbu

Further speakers soon to be announced

Join us to discuss the first 15 years of the devolved legislature

This is a free event but registration is essential. Please RSVP here