Press Releases 2016

UWTSD hosts talk by Tracey McNulty, Swansea Council’s Director of Cultural Services

29.11.2016

University of Wales Trinity Saint David has delivered the second in a series of Faculty of Business and Management lectures focusing on the Welsh Government’s Wellbeing of Future Generations (Wales) Act (2015).

Tracey McNulty, Head of Cultural Services, City and County of Swansea delivered a talk about ‘A Wales of Cohesive Communities: Culture in Sustainable Cities’, on November 24 at the Swansea Business School.

The event was organised by Andrew Campbell, Head of UWTSD’s School of Tourism and Hospitality. Andrew Campbell said: “Tracey’s lecture was warmly received by all those who attended and there was great engagement with our students during the question and answer sessions at the end. As well as giving comprehensive coverage of the WellBeing of Future Generations Act and the role of culture in developing a more sustainable Swansea, Tracey was able to talk us through the proposed new plans for the development of Swansea, which reflect much ambition and will place the city at the forefront of European destinations to the benefit of both tourists and local residents.

“Cultural tourism is a key component of academic studies within the School. Our city is rich in cultural heritage, so it is vital that culture plays just as important a role in its future. With work already underway on the University’s £300million SA1 Swansea Waterfront development and other key city centre developments, Swansea will soon undergo the biggest changes to its landscape in 60 years.”

Dr Jane Davidson, Pro Vice-Chancellor for External Engagement and Sustainability and Director of the University’s award winning Institute of Sustainable Practice, Innovation and Resource Effectiveness (INSPIRE) said “We were delighted to welcome Tracey McNulty to the University’s Swansea campus to deliver the second lecture in our Wellbeing of Future Generations series.

“The aim of these lectures is to invite leading thinkers in their field to the University to explore each of the seven goals and to provide insights on how public sector organisations can work together to deliver on the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act.”

Councillor Rob Stewart, Swansea Council Leader, said: “The council was named the UK’s most sustainable public sector organisation at a major awards ceremony last year, reflecting a huge amount of work that took place in the build-up to the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act coming into force.

“We were also the first council in Wales to put sustainable development reporting mechanisms in place, so we’re very well-placed to ensure sustainability forms a key part of the exciting Swansea regeneration story that’s about to unfold.

“Working in partnership with organisations like the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, our work will meet the requirements of the new legislation by further integrating culture and environmentally-friendly practices at the heart of plans to deliver a more sustainable city for residents and future generations.”

 

Note to Editor

Pilot Cities: Europe. Culture in Sustainable Cities

Swansea is one of 11 cities across Europe that's been picked to take part in an innovative cultural exchange programme.

The city is the only one in the UK set to participate in a pilot project to explore the role of culture in sustainable cities, that's been jointly devised by Culture Action Europe and the United Cities and Local Government's Committee on Culture. This programme will enable better local and European understanding of the connection between culture and sustainable development in participating cities though collaboration between the public and private sectors. Pilot measures will be introduced in each participating city, which also include Galway in Ireland, Lisbon in Portugal and Maastricht in the Netherlands.  Exchanges, evaluation and peer learning all form part of the programme, which will enable Swansea to follow in the footsteps of examples of best practice across the continent. Other cities taking part in the pilot project include Gabrovo in Bulgaria, Izmir in Turkey, Namur in Belgium, Pecs in Hungary, Terrassa in Spain, Timisoara in Romania and Lodz in Poland. Consultation and engagement events will be held throughout the autumn and winter, so that priorities can be agreed, helping inform a works programme in future that could last up to 20 months.