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University makes formal criminal complaint

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A FORMAL criminal complaint has been by made by Swansea University, as part of the ongoing investigation into the issues surrounding the recent suspension of four members of staff.

South Wales Police said: “Dyfed-Powys Police and South Wales Police can confirm that they have received a complaint which is currently subject of consideration by both forces.”

Last November, the university’s Vice-Chancellor Prof Richard B Davies, Dean of the School of Management Prof Marc Clement, as well as two other members of staff, who have not been named, were suspended.

Prof Davies has been suspended for alleged gross negligence whilst Prof Clement was suspended for alleged gross misconduct. Both individuals have denied any wrongdoing. Registrar Andrew Rhodes confirmed at the time that this action was taken after an internal investigation.

In a statement, the university said: “Swansea University has been in regular dialogue with the authorities since November 2018 based on the findings of our initial investigation. A formal criminal complaint has been made and the matter is with South Wales Police and Dyfed Powys Police. We will of course continue to co-operate fully with them. Our processes, which are being carried out by an independent investigating manager, are ongoing.”

The investigation has looked into the academics’ involvement in both the £200m Life Science and Wellbeing Village project in Llanelli, and a £600m plan for a private medical university and hospital in Kuwait.

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New railway station proposed

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WELSH SECRETARY Alun Cairns has said how a new £20m railway station north of Swansea could boost business in the area and cut journey times.

Mr Cairns is visiting Swansea to promote the idea of a West Wales Parkway station at Felindre, which would be built on line that is mostly used by freight trains.

A report has said how the station could cut down congestion on the M4, and Mr Cairns stressed that the Welsh Government and Swansea Council need to engage with the issue.

Council leader Rob Stewart has voiced worries that the project could result in fewer trains going to the current Swansea and Neath train stations.

The report, by Professor Stuart Cole, insisted that by bypassing Swansea city centre, journeys between Cardiff and west Wales could see their times cut by up to a quarter of an hour.

The station would require a car park, and both the Welsh Government and Swansea Council own land adjoining the proposed site.

Morriston Hospital and the DVLA could be amongst the major employers to be served by the station, as well as nearby Parc Felindre, which currently has signed just one tenant.

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Event aims to help Welsh manufacturers

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NATWEST has teamed-up with ASTUTE 2020, Industry Wales and Swansea University to run a free event for companies in the manufacturing sector.

Advancements such as disruptive technologies have been identified globally as a priority area for nations that wish their manufacturing sector to remain relevant with major economic wealth creating activities.

The event, which will take place at the College of Engineering at Swansea University’s Bay Campus on February 7, will look at this and the opportunities available to Welsh manufacturers as the sector evolves at an increasing pace.

It will allow manufacturing companies to engage with highly qualified technical experts and business advisors to understand what support and development opportunities are available for adding value to a business and helping them grow.

In particular, it will look at what steps are being taken to support the sector in adapting to change.

With around 50,000 manufacturing customers in the UK, NatWest is one of the industry’s main supporting banks. Its Head of Automotive and Manufacturing, Richard Hill, will be one of the guest speakers at the event.

Natasha Hopkins, NatWest Senior Relationship Manager, said: “The Welsh manufacturing sector is a key driver for the Welsh economy, supporting thousands of jobs and businesses across the supply chain.

“Globally it is one of the fastest evolving sectors as new advancements in technologies such as automation present new challenges and opportunities. It is therefore important manufacturing companies in Wales react to this change so their businesses can continue being at the forefront. This event will give them the tools and understanding they need to do so.”

To register visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/innovation-knowledge-exchange-investing-in-future-manufacturing-technologies-tickets-53646226307.

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Swansea residents invited to railway drop-in event

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SWANSEA residents are invited to a drop-in event to find out more about upcoming upgrade work to the signalling system on the railway between Port Talbot and Swansea, as part of Network Rail’s Railway Upgrade Plan for Wales and Borders.

March 2-3 will see Network Rail engineers working hard to remove old signal structures in the Landore area of Swansea and to bring into use the new signalling equipment, which will make the railway more resilient and reliable for passengers. Buses will replace trains between Llanelli and Cardiff on Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 March and rail passengers are urged to check before travelling at nationalrail.co.uk.

A drop-in event for residents and local businesses will take place on Wednesday February 6 from 3pm to 6pm in The Grand Hotel, Ivey Place, High Street, Swansea, SA1 1NX. No appointment is necessary and representatives from Network Rail’s project team will be on hand to provide information and answer any questions ahead of the work.

Mark Neate, project manager for Network Rail Wales and Borders, said: “We thank the local community for their patience while we carry out this essential upgrade work to the South Wales Mainline.

“We have been working closely with our partners to minimise disruption, including by ensuring this work did not take place during a Six Nations event. I would encourage anyone wishing to find out more about this work to come along to the drop-in.”

Colin Lea, director of customer experience at Transport for Wales, said: “This work on the south Wales mainline by our partners in Network Rail will help build a better, more reliable railway for the future on one of our key routes.
“We fully recognise that disruption is never welcome for customers and we thank them for their patience.

“Working closely with Network Rail we have sought to minimise the impact of this and we urge customers to check their journey details prior to travel.”

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