HEW Weekly Wrap Up 27 June 2014

News – Student visas

On 24 June 2014, the UK Government Minister for Immigration and Security, James Brokenshire MP, presented a statement to the House of Commons on the abuse of student visas. The statement is available on the UK Government website. In response, Universities UK (UUK) issued a statement, available on the UUK website.

News – HE (Wales) Bill evidence session

HEW attended the witness session of the National Assembly’s Children and Young People Committee on 25 June 2014 to give evidence on the HE (Wales) Bill. HEW received questions, and communicated a range of key points, across the range of issues identified in the HEW response. The session was recorded on

Publications – LFHE – Wales newsletter

The Leadership Foundation for Higher Education (LFHE) has launched a new newsletter for Wales, which is available on the LFHE website. Please direct any queries to Louise Bright – or 01443482011.

Publications – One Wales: One Planet – The Sustainable Development Annual Report

On 23 June 2014, the Welsh Government published its Sustainable Development Annual Report 2013-14.

Appointments – Life Sciences Hub – Chief Operating Officer

The Welsh Government has announced that Dr Ian Barwick has been appointed as the Chief Operating Officer of the Life Sciences Hub. Dr Barwick has experience of working in Life Sciences across the academic, public and commercial sectors. The Hub’s board members have also been confirmed, and include: Professor Marc Clement (Swansea University); Professor Sir Chris Evans (Excalibur Fund Managers and Arthurian Life Sciences); Dr Colin Greengrass (Life Sciences Research Network and ex Pfizer Alliances); Dr Graeme Guilford (consultant, ex Amersham International); Ciaran McMahon (Biomet UK); Dr Penny Owen (GE Heathcare); and Dr Martino Picardo (Stevenage Bioscience Catalyst). The Life Sciences Hub Wales opens officially on 17 July 2014.