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HEW Weekly Wrap Up 06 June 2014

News – Changes at the HEA

Following an intended restructure within the HEA, both Helena Lim and Lizzie Baddrick who lead the HEA’s work in Wales, have formally accepted voluntary redundancy and will be leaving the HEA at the end of July 2014. They will be a huge loss to the both the organisation and the sector as their commitment and enthusiasm has had such a positive impact on learning and teaching practice. We wish them all the very best.

Event – Universities Week – 11 June 2014

Universities Week is being held between 9-13 June 2014 with the theme of ‘Ideas for Life’ at the Natural History Museum in London. HEW will be holding an event on Wednesday 11 June in conjunction with the National Museum of Wales based on how university research impacts on all of us. There will be a canapé reception with an ‘In conversation’ discussion with Professor Julie Williams, Chief Scientific Advisor for Wales. For further details and to book a place, please contact Rhys Flowers (rhys@fbagroup.co.uk).

Event – The Chronicle for Higher Education – Wales launch

The Wales academic pages of the Chronicle were formally launched at the Wales NAFSA reception in San Diego on 26 May 2014 at a high-profile reception. Invited to the event were existing partners with the Welsh universities, colleagues, agents, and potential new partners. The event was a good opportunity for networking, and provided a social space for strengthening the relationships between the Welsh universities and their international partners. Explore the site at www.chronicle.com/wales.

Event – NAFSA Conference 2014

The Welsh presence at NAFSA 2014, funded by HEW, Welsh Government, British Council Wales and individual institutions, was very warmly received by the international audience in San Diego last week. A dedicated ‘Wales Reception’ and an enhanced exhibition booth helped institutions to maintain relationships and generate new business leads. Participants will be compiling and submitting reports shortly which will evidence and qualify the positive impact and importance of attending NAFSA as a nation.

Publications – New guidance for UK higher education providers on education for sustainable development

The QAA has announced the publication of new guidance for higher education providers on education for sustainable development. The new guidance has been developed by QAA working in partnership with the Higher Education Academy (HEA). Chapter B3 of the UK Quality Code for Higher Education (the Quality Code) on Learning and Teaching identifies education for sustainability* as an educational theme that cuts across academic disciplines. This new guidance is intended to support higher education providers wishing to embrace education for sustainable development as part of the student academic experience. The guidance is intended to complement the Quality Code but does not form an explicit part of it. Full details can be found on the QAA website. 

Publications – National Student Survey Publication of data

HEFCW released a circular this week that provides information on the next steps in the 2014 National Student Survey (NSS) process, including the timetable for when institutions will be able to access their results via the NSS results site and Unistats web-site. Available on the HEFCW website.

Publications – Symposium on the Future of Higher Education Regulation in the UK

Monday 9 June 2014 will see the release of the summary report into the themes and discussions from the Symposium on the Future of Higher Education Regulation in the UK, organised by the Higher Education Better Regulation Group (HEBRG) earlier this year. Please visit the HEBRG website for the full report.

Publications – England: Voluntary agreement on institutional designation

HEFCE published the final version of agreement on institutional designation on 3 June 2014.  This is a voluntary agreement between HEFCE and providers in receipt of HEFCE funding based on HEFCE’s financial memorandum (to be renamed the memorandum of assurance and accountability from August 2014). It will sit alongside the existing financial memorandum and is designed to negate the need to introduce new conditions, through secondary legislation, applying to all ‘authority funded’ institutions receiving automatic designation for student support. It has been approved by BIS and comes into force on 1 August 2014 and will run for three years.