In response to the publication of the Report of the Independent Review of the Regulation and Oversight of Post-Compulsory Education and Training in Wales, with special reference to the future role and function of the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW), a spokesperson for Universities Wales said:
‘Universities Wales would like to thank Professor Hazelkorn for her hard work, wide consultation and diligence in preparing her report. We are pleased to see the report recognising the vital role that universities play in securing economic prosperity and social justice for Wales. In broad terms, Professor Hazelkorn’s recognition of the importance of an arms-length body for distributing public funding for higher education is especially welcome.
We look forward to considering the report in detail and working together with Government and key stakeholders to reach the very best outcome that we can for prospective students who aspire to go on to study at a higher level, and for ensuring continued high performance of higher education in Wales in the area of research and knowledge transfer. The Government’s decision to take the opportunity and space to consider next steps is welcome and allows for key decisions around the recommendations from the Diamond Review for example, to be taken in parallel. We look forward to exploring new ways of working that will support universities to continue to be a positive force for good for the people and economy of Wales.’