News – Future HEA funding
On 3 April 2014, the Higher Education Academy (HEA) released a statement on its future funding. The HEA’s grant from the Funding Councils, £13.5m in 2013-14, will reduce as follows: by £4m in 2014-15, a further £4m in 2015-16; and it has been indicated that there will be no funding from the Funding Councils in 2016-17. The statement says the situation has resulted in the HEA bringing forward its existing plans to become financially self-sufficient. The means the HEA will restructure to deliver its core services efficiently and effectively, and it has entered a period of formal consultation with staff.
Consultation – Welsh Govt consultation – Dissolution of FE Corporations Regulations 2014
The Welsh Government has published a consultation, seeking views on proposals for the Dissolution of Further Education Corporations (Publication of Proposals and Prescribed Bodies) (Wales) Regulations 2014, in relation to the Further and Higher Education (Governance and Information) (Wales) Act 2014, by 9 June 2014. The draft regulations describe the time and manner in which further education corporations must publish their proposals for dissolution.
Publications – QAA Handbook – Higher Education Review: Wales
The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) has published its Handbook for Higher Education Review: Wales (HER: Wales). The handbook explains HER: Wales, and is intended primarily for teams conducting HER: Wales and for providers going through the review process.
Event – Wise Wales Partnership conference – diary marker
As part of the Wise Wales project, the National Union of Students Wales is running a Partnership Conference on 4 June 2014 in Cardiff from 10.00-16.00. The event aims to bring together staff from universities and students’ unions to open up a dialogue about what it means to understand and embed a partnership philosophy within higher education. The event is aimed at senior managers (pro vice chancellor level) as well as teaching staff and staff working in students’ unions. Please direct any queries to Alex Butterworth (Alex.Butterworth@nus-wales.org.uk).
Appointments – HEFCW Council Chair
On 9 April 2014, the Welsh Government announced that David Allen OBE has been appointed as the new Chair of the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW). Mr Allen has a wide experience of higher education and of Wales, previously as Registrar and Deputy Chief Executive of the University of Exeter and also as a current member of HEFCW Council. He will take up his new role from the start of May 2014. Mr Allen succeeds Mr Roger Thomas OBE. The full statement is on the Welsh Government website.
Appointments – NUS UK President
Toni Pearce has been re-elected as the National Union of Students (NUS) UK President winning 454 votes out of 728. Toni’s manifesto says she’ll fight to: mobilise communities in 2015 to support a single education system funded through progressive taxation and an end to market driven competition; stamp out unpaid internships; campaign for student support that covers the cost of living; continue to fight lad culture, and continue NUS’s campaign for fixed fees for international students.