News – HE (Wales) Bill
The HE (Wales) Bill was published on 19 May 2014. The HEW statement in response to the publication can be found on the website.
Consultation – BIS consultation – Science and Innovation Strategy
The four UK HE funding bodies and RCUK have written to the heads of all UK HEIs inviting input into the science and innovation strategy. BIS will be gathering a range of contributions on the development of a new strategy in May and June 2014. The new strategy is due to be announced in Autumn 2014. The consultation closes 30 June 2014.
Consultation – Review of Assessment and the National Curriculum in Wales
The Welsh Government has appointed Professor Donaldson to lead a wide ranging review of assessment and curriculum arrangements in Wales. Since his appointment in March, Professor Donaldson has engaged in initial discussions with stakeholders, and has visited a range of schools. On 16 May 2014, he launched a call for evidence through which he seeks to generate debate and gather information that will form a key part of the evidence base for his review’s recommendations. Please find attached a note from Professor Donaldson. The call closes 30 June 2014.
Publications – HEFCW funding allocations 2014/15
HEFCW has published its Funding Allocations 2014/15 Circular, and related press release on its website. Full details are available here.
Publications – Plaid essay on tuition fees
Plaid Cymru’s Education Spokesperson Simon Thomas AM has published an essay on Why current tuition fees policy is not working for Wales. Plaid Cymru believe in the principle of free tuition at undergraduate level, but accept that the current constitutional arrangements and cross-border flows of students mean Wales cannot afford a tuition fee free system at the moment.
Appointments – QAA Board of Directors – Chair
Businessman and entrepreneur Christopher Banks CBE has been appointed as the next Chair of QAA’s Board of Directors. Chris Banks has had a long and successful career in business, with experience in large multinationals and with small local start-ups. Following a career in the food and drink business, including as Managing Director of Coca Cola GB, he established the award-winning food and drink company Big Thoughts. Chris is a Member and Deputy Chair of the Council of the University of Birmingham, though his term of office will end before he begins his role as QAA’s Chair. He will replace Sir Rodney Brooke, QAA’s current Chair, from 29 November 2014.
Appointments – NUS UK – Chief Executive
According to a statement from NUS released on 16 May 2014, ‘after careful consideration Ben Kernighan has decided that he does not wish to continue in his position as Chief Executive of NUS and has now left the organisation’. The statement offered no further clues as to why Mr Kernighan, who started at NUS in July 2013, had left. The THE has the story.