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'A Return to the Wales Office - A Personal View'

05 March 2008

Cardiff University is to mark St David’s Day, in its 125th anniversary year, with a public lecture delivered by the Secretary of State for Wales.

The Rt Hon Paul Murphy MP, will deliver the annual St David’s Day public lecture, hosted by the University’s Welsh Governance Centre (Thursday 6 March).
In his St David’s Day lecture Mr Murphy, who first held the post of Secretary of State for Wales in 1999, will discuss 'A Return to the Wales Office - A Personal View.'

The First Minister, Rhodri Morgan and devolution experts, Professor Michael Keating and Professor James Mitchell are amongst those who have delivered previous St David’s Day lectures.

The Welsh Governance Centre is a centre for scholarly research on legal and political matters relating to the National Assembly for Wales. The Centre brings together academics from the University’s School of European Studies, Cardiff Law School and Cardiff Business School.

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Notes to Editors:

1.Media are welcome to attend, for a free ticket email: or telephone: +44(0)29 2087 4885 (or contact the Public Relations Office). A reception will be held in the Tower Building, Park Place, CF10 3AT (5.15 pm) followed by the lecture (6pm - 7pm) in Lecture Theatre 0.22, Law Building, Museum Avenue, Cardiff, CF10 3AT. Simultaneous interpreting will be available at the lecture.

2. The Welsh Governance Centre was inaugurated in February 1999 and is a University Centre involving academics from all the social science disciplines. It functions as a centre for scholarly research and practical advice on legal and political matters relating to the Welsh Assembly Government and National Assembly for Wales.

3.Cardiff University is recognised in independent government assessments as one of Britain’s leading teaching and research universities. It is also ranked as one of the world’s top 100 universities by the Times Higher Education Supplement (THES).
2008 marks the 125th anniversary of Cardiff University having been founded by Royal Charter in 1883. Today the University combines impressive modern facilities and a dynamic approach to teaching and research. The University’s breadth of expertise in research and research-led teaching encompasses: the humanities; the natural, physical, health, life and social sciences; engineering and technology; preparation for a wide range of professions; and a longstanding commitment to lifelong learning.
Cardiff is a member of the Russell Group of the UK’s leading research universities.
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Further Information:

Emma Darling
Public Relations Office,
Cardiff University
Tel: 029 2087 4499