AIM Director Made IWA Honorary Life Fellow

AIM Director, Hywel Wiliam was made an Honorary Life Fellow of the Institute of Welsh Affairs at a presentation held during the organisation’s Summer Fair, held on Wednesday 11 July at Cardiff Metropolitan University.

He is seen here accepting the award from Helen Molyneux, IWA Chair.  A list of the Institute’s Honorary Life Fellows and Fellows can found on its web site:


Safer Internet Day 2018: Creating a Safer World Online

Safer Internet Day,  6 February 2018,  Pierhead , Cardiff Bay

Social networks play a key role in the day to day lives of young people

According to research from the UK Safer Internet Centre, 73% of young people believe that have to answer messages received through social media immediately. The research also showed that children between 8 and 17 years old use a wide range of social media including, Snapchat, Instagram and Facebook.   Key points from he research were set out by David Wright, Director of the UK Safer Internet Centre, who spoke at the event in Cardiff Bay. The research claimed that in the week before Safer Internet Day, two out of five children and young people aged between 8 and 17 had felt anxious while using the Internet with 11% saying they felt this often. More information is available in the following press release: <>

The keynote speaker of the day was Kirsty Williams AM, Cabinet Secretary for Education, Welsh Government and she also presented a number of awards for children and young people who had participated in competitions related to the day.

In addition, Faith McCready, National Coordinator for the All Wales School Liaison Core Programme, Schoolbeat, launched a new resource, <>, which provides information and resources for teachers, pupils and parents, to follow from the lessons learned to children in primary and secondary schools by community police officers. The website focuses on the three main themes of the programme, namely drugs and substance misuse, social behaviour and community and personal safety.

I attended this event as part of my work with WISP, Wales Internet Safety Partnership, which is currently chaired by Dr Sangeet Bhullar  <>. Overall it was a very useful and interesting event and I’d like to congratulate all the young people who won or were nominated in the competitions associated with the day.

Hywel Wiliam

6 February 2018


AIM Director Contributes to DDCMS Review of S4C


Hywel Wiliam is one of the joint authors of the response submitted by The Centre for Media and Culture in Small Nations to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DDCMS) Review of S4C. To download the Centre’s response to the Review, submitted on 13 October 2017, please click here. The document is also available in Welsh.

The Review’s terms of reference can be found here:



Getting the Mobile Operators Together: Wales no longer ‘outstandingly bad’ for coverage


I attended a very useful mobile coverage seminar, held in January, organised jointly by Ofcom and the Wales Office.  It was very impressive to see that the event organisers had managed to secure representatives from all the main mobile operators to talk about the challenges in providing coverage for Wales and they also usefully set out their plans for how the availability of their services could be significantly improved in the future.  Indeed the main focus of the summit was how practical solutions could be found to achieve this aim. Continue reading “Getting the Mobile Operators Together: Wales no longer ‘outstandingly bad’ for coverage”

Broadcasting In Wales After Devolution: AIM Director contributes to International Journal Article

One of AIM’s Directors, Hywel Wiliam, was a contributing author to a paper published recently in the International Journal of Cultural Policy, along with Ruth McElroy and Christina Papagiannouli of the University of South Wales.  The paper, Broadcasting after Devolution: policy and critique in the Welsh Media Landscape 2008-2015, has initially been published on the journal’s website, but it will eventually be published in a hard copy volume,  which usually occurs within a few months of appearing on-line.

The paper examines the provision of media (especially broadcasting) in Wales and considers recommendations made in key reviews and reports which have sought to bring about change in how the media serve people in a devolved Wales. The paper can be viewed here: