HEW Weekly Wrap Up 8 August 2014

News – OpenLearn Cymru

The Open University in Wales is launching a collection of free Welsh medium resources for higher education on its new OpenLearn Cymru website. OpenLearn Cymru offers courses and resources in a broad range of subject areas which can be used as a taster before committing to formal study, or as extra resources for students and teachers.

Consultation – Student Funding Panel – call for evidence

The Student Funding Panel – established by Universities UK (UUK) to consider the design of the student fees and loans system in England – has started taking evidence, and is inviting people to send their ideas to the panel. The panel, chaired by Professor Sir Christopher Snowden, will be reporting its findings in Spring 2015. Organisations and individuals can submit evidence by 26 September 2014.

Consultation – NCUB – placements and case studies

The National Council for Universities and Business (NCUB) has published an online report on quality placements along with supporting case studies. The Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW) is keen to hear whether the report and case studies have been beneficial to universities, and are inviting feedback on this work. Please send any comments to Steve Williams ( by 8 September 2014.

Consultation – What do research staff do next?

Vitae, in collaboration with Naturejobs and other partners, are investigating the careers of research staff who moved from research posts in European higher education to other employment sectors. The aim is to develop a better understanding of how these researchers transition, what careers they have, and their reflections on the transition process, and current career paths. The survey is online. Use #PostAcStory when sharing on Twitter.

Appointments – Powys Teaching Health Board – Chair

The Welsh Government is currently appointing a Chair to the Powys Teaching Health Board. Local Health Boards are responsible for planning, designing, developing and securing the delivery of primary, community, in-hospital care services and specialised services for the citizens in their respective areas to meet identified local needs within the national policy and standards framework set out by the Minister for Health and Social Services. The advert for the Chair is available online. The closing date is 21 August 2014.