Past Events

The Wales Governance Centre has hosted a number of key politicians, academics and commentators. Below is just a selection of our previous events.

Jurisdiction in Practice

October 2016

This seminar considered the opportunities and challenges that could arise from a distinct jurisdiction.


 

Annual Lecture 2016 by Professor Sir Tom Devine
Restless Nation: Scotland 1999-2016 and beyond

Sir Tom Devine, Annual Lecture 2016
Sir Tom Devine, Annual Lecture 2016

October 2016, Pierhead

In this fascinating lecture, Sir Tom Devine considered the reasons for SNP success and the collapse of Labour in Scotland which was crucial to the cause of independence. He concluded with some thoughts on the Scottish question after Brexit and what the future might hold for a restless nation.

You can watch the lecture here.


Ministering to Education- a lecture with Leighton Andrews AM

October 2014, Cardiff University

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


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

July 2014, Westminster

Lord Foulkes of Cumnock (Labour) & Lord Purvis of Tweed (Liberal Democrats)

Invite you to debate the future of decentralisation and devolution in the UK

Chair

Lord Hennessy of Nympsfield

Roundtable 1

Sir Menzies Campbell MP (Liberal Democrats)
Paul Silk (Commission on Devolution in Wales)
Suzy Davies AM (Welsh Conservatives)
Margaret Curran (Labour)

Roundtable 2

Jon Cruddas MP (Labour)
Graham Allen MP (Labour)
Lord Shipley (Liberal Democrats)

Supported by the UK’s Changing Union Project


“What will be the impact of the Scottish independence referendum on Wales?,” with guest panellists, an event sponsored by David Melding AM.

July 2014, National Assembly for Wales

The Cross Party Group on the Changing Union would like to invite you to a breakfast meeting in the company of a distinguished guest panel who will try to answer the question, “what will be the impact of the Scottish independence referendum on Wales?”

The panel, which will be chaired by David Melding AM, will include Lee Waters (Director, Institute of Welsh Affairs), Valerie Livingstone (Newsdirect Wales) and Adam Price (former Plaid Cymru MP for Carmarthen East and Dinefwr).


Book Launch: Mammon’s Kingdom

June 2014 – Book launch event hosted by the Innovation and Engagement Unit in association with the Wales Governance Centre and the Institute of Welsh Affairs
Glamorgan Building

The follies and failures of bankers, regulators and governments have loomed large in public debate over the past five years. In this passionate and hard-hitting book, David Marquand digs deeper.


‘The Fascist Party in Wales? Plaid Cymru, Welsh Nationalism and the Accusation of Fascism’

It is with great pleasure that the Wales Governance Centre at Cardiff University and the University of Wales Press announces the publication of Richard Wyn Jones’s latest book ‘The Fascist Party in Wales? Plaid Cymru, Welsh Nationalism and the Accusation of Fascism

We are holding a drinks reception and discussion to launch the book, and warmly invite you to join us.

Chair: Helgard Krause (UWP)
Discussants: Adam Price and Richard Wyn Jones

4th June 2014


Speaker of the House of Commons to give lecture in Cardiff

Are you involved with the voluntary sector in Wales?

The Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow MP, will give a lecture in Cardiff on engagement with politics and 21st century volunteering on Thursday 5 June as part of a series of celebratory events around the UK for Volunteers’ Week 2014.

Sponsored by Presiding Officer of the National Assembly for Wales, Dame Rosemary Butler AM this event will be held in partnership with the Wales Governance Centre at Cardiff University, and Chaired by its Director, Professor Richard Wyn Jones.


“Towards Scottish independence? Evaluating the prospects and implications of the Scottish referendum”
With Dr Nicola McEwen, University of Edinburgh, an event sponsored by David Melding AM

Wednesday 14th May


In Conversation With . . . Lord Heseltine
The Rt Hon. the Lord Heseltine CH, Conservative

with the Open University in Wales

Thursday 1st May 2014


Wales Governance Centre Annual Lecture 2014
Nicola Sturgeon MSP Deputy First Minister of Scotland & Deputy Leader of the Scottish National Party

Sponsored by Deputy Presiding Officer David Melding AM

Monday 24th March 2014


In Conversation With . . . Professor Linda Colley
Princeton University

Monday 10th March

with the Open University in Wales

Sponsored by Deputy Presiding Officer David Melding AM


A Titanic mistake? The case against a super-prison for Wales
In partnership with the Howard League for Penal Reform

Sponsored by Deputy Presiding Officer David Melding AM

Thursday 6th February


Constitutional conventions and the changing union
Professor David Farrell, University College Dublin

Sponsored by Deputy Presiding Officer David Melding AM

Hosted by the UK’s Changing Union project

Wednesday 5th February


“A talk on Scotland” in the company of Professor James Mitchell (Edinburgh University) and the National Assembly Research Service.

12th December 2013


Leaders Speech

Kirsty Williams, Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats

23rd September 2013


Guest Lecture: Secretary of State for Wales, David Jones MP

24th June 2013


Wales Governance Centre Annual Lecture 2013: Sir David Lloyd Jones

23rd  April 2013


Leaders Speech

Leanne Wood, Leader of Plaid Cymru the Party of Wales

15th March 2013


Leaders Speech

Andrew RT Davies, Leader of the Welsh Conservatives

25th February 2013


In Conversation With . . . The Rt. Hon Peter Hain MP

Sponsored by Deputy Presiding Officer David Melding AM

18th December 2012

With the Open University in Wales


Wales Governance Centre Annual Lecture 2012: Deputy Prime Minister the Rt Hon Nick Clegg MP

14th June 2012