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MP visits new Welsh Language Centre MARK WILLIAMS, Member

of Parliament for Ceredigion, visited the new Welsh Language Centre, Y Man a’r Lle, at Coleg Ceredigion’s Cardigan campus last Friday (Jan 20). Coleg Ceredigion’s new Welsh

Language Centre is a newly built multi- purpose language centre, built as a focus for educational, Welsh-medium and bilingual social and cultural activities in Cardigan and the surrounding area. It was built after Coleg Ceredigion secured a £300,000 grant from the Welsh Government. Mark visited to see the centre, find

out more about the facilities and to discuss Coleg Ceredigion’s hopes for the centre’s impact on the community. He was joined by Jacqui Weatherburn, Principal at Coleg Ceredigion, and Non Davies, Head of Bilingualism and Corporate Services. Commenting after the visit, Mark

Williams said: “It was fantastic to visit the centre and see the impact that it has on Coleg Ceredigion and the community. “I was very pleased to hear that

local community groups are already using the building for meetings, and that the college is offering support to clubs that want to become more bilingual, as well as being used by local primary school children for art classes, as well as childcare students from the college practising their Welsh for use in the workplace. “The centre has been a fantastic

investment for the community of Cardigan, and I look forward to see further uses for the space as the centre goes from success to success.”

Aberystwyth academic appointed UNESCO Vice-Chair PROFESSOR COLIN

MCINNES, a leading expert on global health and international relations at Aberystwyth University, has been appointed Vice-Chair of the United Kingdom National Commission (UKNC) for UNESCO. The

appointment was

announced by the Secretary of State for International Development, Rt Hon Priti Patel MP, on December 12, 2016. Professor McInnes said: “It is

a great honour and privilege to be appointed to this position. UNESCO does not simply set global standards across education, the sciences, culture and communication, promoting excellence and working to preserve what is best; its key mission is to promote peace in the minds of people everywhere. “The National Commission

works with the UK and devolved governments, and with UNESCO headquarters to promote these values locally and globally - from the Dyfi Biosphere and the collections in the National Library of Wales which form part of the Memory of the World programme, to global initiatives on education for sustainable development and

managing social transformations.” Professor McInnes has served

as a Non-Executive Director of the UKNC with special responsibility for the social and human sciences since 2014. He led the UKNC policy advice

summary to UK Government: An evaluation of the World Social Science Report: Challenges and potential. He currently holds the

UNESCO Chair in HIV/AIDS, Health Security and Education in Africa at Aberystwyth University’s Department of


Politics, where he is also Director of the Centre for Health and International Relations. Professor

appointment as Vice-Chair is accompanied by the announcement of Dr Beth Taylor as Chair of the UKNC. Dr Taylor has served as a Non-

Executive Director of the UKNC, with a focus on Natural Science, since 2011. UNESCO is the United

Nations’ body responsible for standard setting and promotion of Education, Science, Culture and Communications. The UKNC is the focal


point in the UK for UNESCO- related policies and activities. Its publication on the Wider Value of UNESCO to the UK has received international recognition. The Commission is an




organisation which supports UNESCO’s work in the building of peace, the eradication of poverty, sustainable development and intercultural dialogue through

education, the sciences, culture, and communication. Professor McInnes and Dr

Beth Taylor take up their new appointments with immediate effect.

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