About Professor Simon Haslett

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Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom
Professor of Physical Geography and Pro Vice-Chancellor at the University of Wales and the University of Wales Trinity Saint David.

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Launch of the Universities Heads of the Valley's Institute

I was invited to attend the UHOVI Launch this morning at Llanhilleth Institute. I was a member of the Learning Innovation Expert Group and our final report had been well-received by the Learning Advisory Panel who met yesterday at the Caerleon Campus of the University of Wales, Newport.
The launch was very well-attended and we were welcomed by an opening address by Dave Waddington. Leighton Andrews AM then made the official launch speech and called for a riot of learning to take place in the Heads of the Valleys region. Helen Marshall from the University of Glamorgan followed who introduced a nice set of promotional videos for UHOVI. Peter Noyes, Newport's VC, then closed the programme in recounting how the project was conceived over dinner around 3 years ago.
UHOVI is an exciting development for this region of Wales, as it has the lowest number of HE participants anywhere in Wales. The BBC filmed the launch and it was featured later on BBC 1 Wales Today news.