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Cardiff Met Conferences Keeping you in the Know Welsh Stroke Conference The Welsh Stroke Conference is one of the biggest multidisciplinary medical events in Wales and is a significant fixture in the educational calendar for Stroke in the UK. The conference was started in 2002 and has grown from strength to strength each year. This year it was hosted at Cardiff Met with 295 delegates attending the two day conference. The conference was introduced by our VC, Cara Aitchison, and included speakers from around the globe, all experts in their particular field of stroke medicine. As well as plenary sessions in one of our tiered lecture theatres there were numerous sub-meetings and workshops over the course of the event and of course hospitality was provided for delegates to keep them fuelled and energised!

“Innovation and Creativity in Mathematics Teaching” FMSPW Teacher Conference

In July, Cardiff Met hosted the first FMSPW teacher conference with over 90 participants attending from schools, colleges and educational consortia across Wales. Practical teacher workshops held in parallel covered A-level Mathematics and Further Mathematics teaching, creative approaches to mathematics 11+ classrooms and technology enhanced teaching. There were 22 workshops available and attendees were able to choose 5 sessions throughout the day. Alongside teachers from schools and

colleges across Wales and the FMSPW team, academic colleagues from Johannes Kepler University (Austria) Linz STEAM education centre presented at the conference sharing international experience. The keynote address “Inspiring Learners and Teachers through Technologyenhanced STEM Learning Activities” was given by Emeritus Professor Adrian Oldknow, and the closing address, ‘Mathematics: The 4 Purposes and Technology’ by Dr Sofya Lyakhova of FMSPW.

“Just a word of thanks for all your efforts to ensure that our conference was so successful! Your calm and efficient manner helped everything run smoothly. Thank you also to the staff of the Atrium for the excellent catering” Conference facilitator

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Language Schools and China, partaking in a two week programme of sport, entertainment and English language lessons.

Playing Quidditch Each year Cardiff Met Conferences welcome thousands of visitors to the premises to study languages. For the 9th summer running we were pleased to host a four week residential L’astrolabio and ELAC Language School at Cyncoed campus. These groups consisted of over 250 students visiting from a number of countries including Italy, Spain, France, Poland, Austria, Israel, Russia, Turkey, Japan

This summer we also hosted a new Language School at our Llandaff Campus called Junior Youth Journey. The group travelling from Israel had a particular focus on British culture, English language and healthy eating. Our catering department worked closely with the organiser to ensure we met their special dietary requirements. We also host a large number of year round courses and examinations in language and cultural education for local community groups and associations including South Wales Chinese Association, Cardiff Polish School, Celtic English Academy and Tamil Mandram (Sri Lankan).

"We have run a successful Summer Centre at Cardiff Metropolitan University for the last 9 years. Cathy and the Conference Team are a joy to work with and this collaboration ensures the smooth running of our courses. Our international students have a fantastic time in Cardiff and we are all looking forward to summer 2020. Diolch yn fawr!" Operations Manager, ELAC study vacations

Catering team awarded ‘Best University’ by Junior Youth Journey

A Summer of Sport Cyncoed campus had another busy summer hosting numerous residential sports groups and training camps. Amongst the visitors we welcomed six school rugby groups as well as Hull RFC, Canterbury RC and Oxford City FC.

We were delighted to host the FAW residential referee conference for the third year running and to welcome back competitors and spectators to stay on campus for the Inferno Racing Cross-Fit competition.

Other residential groups included Basketball Wales and international netball teams visiting from Malawi, Trinidad & Tobago and Grenada.

"Epsom College had an excellent stay thank you, they were very impressed with the facilities you have at Cardiff Met and said the food was excellent and all the staff were very friendly and helpful. We have nothing but praise for you and all the staff at Cardiff Met! Anything we asked for was accommodated and you were all very kind. The food was top quality. We here at DBS Rugby cannot compliment the university enough. I myself would also like to thank Eva for all her help and patience in getting everything organised in the lead up to the trip. I'm extremely grateful." DBS Rugby Tours (Epsom College)

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Shiny New Hospitality Suite Cardiff Met Commercial Services initiated a full design and refurbishment programme over the summer and made a significant investment to upgrade and modernise the Hospitality Suite at Llandaff campus. The new look Hospitality Suite offers a glamourous and modern feel to the interior. The layout for meetings is flexible with a choice of rectangular and round tables with a capacity of up to 80 people. The environment of a meeting can really set the tone and will contribute towards delegate engagement. We hope future meetings in our new Hospitality Suite will benefit from inspired conversations for many years to come!

If you’d like to come and have a look around our new facilities, get in touch with one of the Conference Team on conferenceservices@cardiffmet.ac.uk and we will be delighted to show you around.

Conference Rooms turn Clever! • Device mirroring with users in the room to allow delegates to collaborate instantaneously with the presenter • Wireless connectivity for information sharing • Electronic white board This summer the Conference Team were very excited to have Clevertouch interactive screens installed in the Conference Rooms at Cyncoed Campus. There are so many benefits to using these screens for meetings and training sessions including:

• Annotation of Powerpoint presentations • 4K screen resolution • No background noise from a projector • Easy to use and intuitive

“The new interactive screens are amazing and so versatile. I love the whiteboard option which is so much more engaging for delegates." Facilitator Vale of Glamorgan Council

Clare (Conference Manager) comments: “The new screens are amazing! We are always keen to stay at the forefront in the events industry and being able to offer the latest technology is testament to our commitment to quality. The screens offer our facilitators a seamless AV/presentation experience”

Coming Soon! Interactive Touch Screen Workshop In the New Year, Cardiff Met Conferences will be hosting a training workshop on how to use the key features of the touch screens. If anyone is interested in being added to our invite list, for this free event, then please send an email to conferenceservices@cardiffmet.ac.uk

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Summer accommodation bookings During the summer months Cardiff Met Conferences have accommodation available for individuals and groups. This summer saw the refurbishment and upgrade of over 60 bedrooms at Cyncoed campus, which means that we now have over 800 en-suite bedrooms at Cardiff Met!

Welsh Improvers

This summer for the first time we made a number of rooms available to book via booking.com. We were delighted with the success, receiving bookings totalling 264 room nights at Plas Gwyn Campus!

‘The Dirty Vegan’ takes a trip down memory lane Matt Pritchard, the star of the BBC series ‘The Dirty Vegan’ is a Cardiff Met alumni graduate and we were delighted to welcome him back to Llandaff campus earlier this year. ‘In Conversation with Matt Pritchard’ was an evening arranged by Cardiff Met’s Sustainability department which included an inspiring talk, surprise reunion with Matt’s lecturer, Q&A session and book signing. The delegates also got to enjoy a ‘Dirty Vegan’ buffet prepared by the Cardiff Met Catering Team using recipes from Matt’s latest book.

This year two members of the conference team, Sally and Eva, have been taking Welsh ‘Uwch’ classes at Cardiff Met. They were very pleased to receive end of year awards to congratulate them on their efforts.

Cardiff Met’s going Smoke Free Not long now until Cardiff Met will be a clean air campus. From 2020 the University has made a commitment to go Smoke Free, not only benefiting staff and students but also the thousands of adult and child visitors to the campus each year. We look forward to welcoming you to our clean air university in 2020!

Have you got a meeting or event coming up that we could assist you with? Give us a call on 029 2041 6181/2 to arrange a show round of our facilities or to receive a competitive quotation for your next event.

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