Liberal Democrat Chris Huhne has quit as energy secretary after learning he was to be charged with perverting the course of justice. Allegedly his ex-wife Vicky Pryce accepted driving penalty points on Huhne’s behalf. They will now both appear in court on February 16th. Due to these recent events there has been a shuffle within the Lib Dem Cabinet, with Cardiff MP Jenny Willott promoted to assistant whip. Willott made headlines in late 2009 for voting against a rise in tuition fees, which subsequently led to her resign from her post as assistant to Chris Huhne.
Atrium’s Professor Stephen Lacey has been appointed as the new chair of the Standing Conference of University Drama Departments. This achievement marks Lacey’s tremendous standing in the academic discipline to not only the university, but on a national level as well.
A survey by Cardiff University has found that students are career driven more than ever before. The university surveyed a thousand people who were graduates, current students or planning to go to university. The study found that almost two thirds were planning to attend university to better their chances at future employability.
The Confederation of British Industry has called on the Welsh government to take urgent action over the state of education in Wales. Minister Leighton Andrews has said that literacy and numeracy standards need to be raised, as a school inspectors report found that 40 percent of children reach secondary school with a reading ability below their age. The CBI also points to international Pisa statistics from 2010 which found the attainment levels of Welsh 15-year-olds was behind much of the world.
A poll conducted by ITV Wales has revealed that only 10% of Welsh voters would want the nation to become independent, should Scotland leave the UK. 32% would like to see more powers devolved to the Welsh government, with 30% wishing for no change to the current system. The poll would appear devastating for supporters of independence. Plaid leadership hopeful Elin Jones said just last week that a referendum could be held as soon as 2020, following two consecutive victories for the party in Assembly elections.
The Sherman reopens its doors to the people of Cardiff this weekend. After being closed for 2 years and from having a 6.5 million facelift, the theatre welcomes visitors to a free open day tomorrow. Wales Online reported that there will be workshops throughout the day, live music and an opportunity to see the physical changes to the Sherman, which has been around for almost 40 years. The open day will start at 10am tomorrow in Cathays.
Wales could face up to 5 centimetres of snow this weekend as temperatures continue to plummet. Measuring at minus 10 degrees this morning, snow is expected to fall later today and throughout tomorrow. Rain and dropped temperatures are likely for Saturday evening; with severe icy conditions across the country on Sunday morning.