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Cardiff University's School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies is to move to a new building in the city's Central Square Development, alongside BBC Wales.

The University said that the relocation will strength the School's industry links, increase students' employability by providing direct access to major media organisations within journalism, as well as the creative and cultural industries. 

The relocation is part of a wider £260 million investment by the university, with a total of £600m being invested over the coming years. 

The School and BBC Wales have a decades-long working relationship as a result of a long-standing programme of professional training journalism internships. A number of the School's alumni have gone on to prominent roles as BBC journalists during their careers, including Jason Mohammad, Alan Johnston, Laura Trevelyan, Manish Bhasin, Ben Brown and Behnaz Akhgar.

This newly-strengthened partnership will aim to offer an exchange of knowledge and experience, as well as sharing cutting-edge facilities, research and resources. A number of joint initiatives are being developed to build the partnership, with more details to be revealed closer to the move.

Professor Stuart Allan, Head of Cardiff University's School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies, said: "The School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies is one of the leading Schools in the UK and internationally. The BBC's global reputation for media production, together with the innovative design of the new buildings, will make this a centre for excellence that will be genuinely world-class. This is an exciting opportunity, and the School is striving to make the most of it for the benefit of our University and its students as well as for Cardiff as the creative capital of Wales."

Rhodri Talfan Davies, Director of BBC Wales, added: "I really can't imagine a better partner to have right alongside us at Central Square. Both organisations share such a long-standing commitment to journalism and creativity, and the vital role both play at the heart of our national life. Today's exciting announcement will enable us to deepen our partnership – and work together to train and develop the next generation of journalists and media professionals."

Architects IBI have been commissioned to design the layout and interior design of the School, which is set to include a 300-seat lecture theatre, six newsrooms, dedicated editing suites, TV and radio studios, postgraduate research space, a library and innovation and stakeholder engagement labs, amongst other features. The University's Centre for Community Journalism will also move into the new building.

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