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Universities Wales Weekly Wrap Up – 24 August 2018

Vacancy: Market Development Manager, Global Wales (Cardiff)
£30,654 – £39,631

This Market Development Manager post sits within Universities Wales and reports to the organisation’s Programme Manager for the Global Wales II programme.

Global Wales II is a three-year programme led by Universities Wales. It serves to boost Wales’ profile as a partner of choice and study destination through presenting a joined-up view of our higher education system in priority markets. Global Wales aims to: i) sustain and grow HE’s existing export contribution; ii) diversify the international student body in Wales; iii) boost Wales’ profile in key overseas markets.

The post holder will be responsible for delivering Global Wales’ strategy in priority markets, including the United States and the partnership’s new markets, and will work with the Marketing Manager to deliver the Study in Wales brand in those markets.

This post is a 3-year secondment opportunity.

Closing date: 2 September 2018
Interviews will take place on Tuesday 11 September 2018.
Further details: https://www.uukjobs.co.uk/Upload/vacancies/files/1213/Market%20Development%20Manager%20-JDPS.pdf

EU Settlement Scheme

On 23 August the Home Office visited Cardiff to present to Welsh universities and Welsh Government on the EU settlement scheme. The EU Settlement Scheme will allow EU citizens and their family members who are resident in the UK before 31 December 2020 to apply for UK immigration status. The Home Office gave an overview of how the system will work and provided the opportunity for delegates to ask questions on any area of concerns.

The following website provides links to a toolkit and various briefing packs.

Political Update

  • Proposals for a North Wales Growth Deal “must now gather momentum as it heads into the final stages of negotiations”, according to Wales Office Minister Mims Davies.
  • More than £2m of EU finding is to support the redevelopment of the Innovation Centre at Bridgend Science Park and the construction of a new enterprise centre at the Village Farm Industrial Estate.
  • Education Secretary Kirsty Williams has congratulated pupils across Wales as this year’s GCSE results “show the proportion being awarded top grades at A*-A has increased from 17.9% to 18.5%”.
  • The Economy, Infrastructure and Skills Committee has published a report on the Apprenticeship Levy: one year on.
  • The Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Transport has agreed funding to support the delivery of a PhD, in liaison with the Port Talbot Waterfront Enterprise Zone Advisory Board and Swansea University, which will investigate the migration of technology developed at Swansea University, into commercial enterprise in the Zone.
  • Speaking about Brexit earlier this week, First Minister Carwyn Jones has claimed a “no deal scenario is not an option and the UK Government’s bluff is fooling no-one”.
  • Writing on the IWA blog, Chris Deacy discusses the formation of a new group focussed on creating healthy universities and colleges in Wales. (Article is in Welsh)

The Conversation showcase: Highlighting the latest work by academics at Welsh universities

Exaggerated portions alongside real nutrition claims on cereal boxes may mislead consumers – new study
https://theconversation.com/exaggerated-portions-alongside-real-nutrition-claims-on-cereal-boxes-may-mislead-consumers-new-study-101269

Humphrey Llwyd: the Renaissance scholar who drew Wales into the atlas, and wrote it into history books
https://theconversation.com/humphrey-llwyd-the-renaissance-scholar-who-drew-wales-into-the-atlas-and-wrote-it-into-history-books-101744

How climate change will affect dairy cows and milk production in the UK – new study
https://theconversation.com/how-climate-change-will-affect-dairy-cows-and-milk-production-in-the-uk-new-study-101843

Forensic linguistics gives victims and the wrongfully convicted the voices they deserve
https://theconversation.com/forensic-linguistics-gives-victims-and-the-wrongfully-convicted-the-voices-they-deserve-101660

Four reasons to consider co-housing and housing cooperatives for alternative living
https://theconversation.com/four-reasons-to-consider-co-housing-and-housing-cooperatives-for-alternative-living-99097

Is there a place in the middle of the English Channel where the waves change direction?
https://theconversation.com/curious-kids-is-there-a-place-in-the-middle-of-the-english-channel-where-the-waves-change-direction-101562

Other stories of note:

GCSEs are a waste of time – an education expert proposes an alternative
https://theconversation.com/gcses-are-a-waste-of-time-an-education-expert-proposes-an-alternative-101647

GCSE results: why bright, poor students fail to achieve top grades
https://theconversation.com/gcse-results-why-bright-poor-students-fail-to-achieve-top-grades-100842

Five environmental disasters that we should make sure children know about
https://theconversation.com/five-environmental-disasters-that-we-should-make-sure-children-know-about-101934

Can a glass of milk really ‘slash’ your risk of type 2 diabetes?
https://theconversation.com/can-a-glass-of-milk-really-slash-your-risk-of-type-2-diabetes-101862

Potatoes are out of favour – but they have strong roots in a healthy lifestyle
https://theconversation.com/potatoes-are-out-of-favour-but-they-have-strong-roots-in-a-healthy-lifestyle-101911

There’s a psychological link between conspiracy theories and creationism
https://theconversation.com/theres-a-psychological-link-between-conspiracy-theories-and-creationism-101849

Why the weather forecast will always be a bit wrong
https://theconversation.com/why-the-weather-forecast-will-always-be-a-bit-wrong-101547

Alexa and Google Home are no threat to regional accents – here’s why
https://theconversation.com/alexa-and-google-home-are-no-threat-to-regional-accents-heres-why-101866