HEW Weekly Wrap Up 18 July 2014

News – UK Government cabinet reshuffle

This week, David Cameron reshuffled his cabinet. Of note in Wales:

  • Stephen Crabb MP (Preseli Pembrokeshire) – becomes the new Secretary of State for Wales.
  • Alun Cairns MP (Vale of Glamorgan) – becomes the new junior minister at the Wales Office.

Of note in the UK:

  • Greg Clark MP – the new minister with responsibility for universities and science. He also keeps his existing responsibilities as minister in the Cabinet Office for cities and local growth, and supporting Nick Clegg on political and constitutional reform.
  • George Freeman MP – the new minister for life sciences, which is now split between the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and the Department of Health.
  • Nicky Morgan MP – new Secretary of State for Education, and minister for Women and Equalities. Along with overall responsibility for education, she will have particular responsibility for the school curriculum.
  • Nick Boles MP – appointed as minister in BIS with responsibility for further education, apprenticeships, adult skills, workplace training, and lifelong learning.

News – National Assembly recess

The National Assembly for Wales is now in recess until 15 September 2014.

Publication – HEW Indonesia mission

In June 2014, a delegation representing Welsh universities undertook an intensive five day mission to Indonesia. Read more about the mission on the HEW website.

Publication – National Assembly – EU Funding Opportunities 

The National Assembly’s Enterprise and Business Committee has published its report on its inquiry into European Union (EU) Funding Opportunities 2014-2020. HEW and Welsh Higher Education Brussels (WHEB) submitted a joint written response to the inquiry in January 2014. The report makes a series of recommendations directed. HEW will be considering the recommendations with WHEB, and will respond in due course.

Publication – British Council – new student mobility visualisation tool

The British Council (BC) have launched a new data visualisation tool, which tells the story of UK student mobility. Details are available on the BC website.

Publication – National Assembly – Information on role of different CSAs

The Assembly’s research service has published information on the roles and remits of the different Chief Scientific Advisers (CSA) across the UK and Europe. The Welsh Government has not as of yet undertaken a review of the CSA for Wales. At the UK level, however, an inquiry by the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee concluded that CSAs play a crucial role in providing science and engineering advice, and evidence to inform government policy, and therefore the role should be strengthened.

Publication – HEFCW circular – Part-time undergraduate fee waiver scheme

The Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW) has published circular W14/28HE which outlines the revisions to the part-time undergraduate fee waiver scheme, and provides a summary of responses to the consultation on the changes.

And finally…

Congratulations to HEW’s Assistant Director, Lisa, who graduated from her MBA at Cardiff Metropolitan University this week, and achieved the best overall student performance! Well done Lisa!