Universities Wales Weekly Wrap Up 10 October 2014

News – QAA statement on the future of quality assessment

On 7 October 2014, the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) announced that the funding bodies in England, Wales and Northern Ireland are to seek views on future approaches to the assessment of quality higher education. Based on the feedback they receive, they will then invite tenders under a joint procurement exercise. In response, the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) has released a statement on the QAA website.


New – Welsh Government – St David’s Awards

The Welsh Government’s St David’s Awards were established to annually recognise and celebrate the exceptional achievements of people in Wales. They are designed to “reflect and promote the aspirations of Wales and its citizens to be a modern, vibrant country, with a growing reputation as a confident and clover nation valuing innovation, community spirit, and above all its people”. Nominations close 28 October 2014. Details are available on the St David’s Awards website.

Publications – Blog – Why higher education wasn’t invited to the party (conferences)

Universities UK’s Parliamentary Officer, blogs about this season’s party political conferences, noting that higher education was largely absent, but for separate reasons for each of the parties. View the blog online.

Publications – Wise Wales website

The Wise Wales project has launched a new website which hosts resources for training student representatives, resources on Annual Quality Reports, news, events etc. Wise Wales is a collaboration of sector organisations working towards creating a meaningful partnership between educators, students’ unions and students. The project is hosted at the National Union of Students Wales (NUSW), and receives funding from the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW), NUSW, QAA, and universities in Wales.

Event – City Growth Commission Report Launch: UniverCities – The knowledge to power UK metros

The City Growth Commission is launching its penultimate report, focusing on graduate retention and enterprise on 14 October 2014 from 10.30-12.00 at the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff. The report will present new evidence based recommendations on how universities can strengthen their impact on investment, business growth and labour market opportunities in their city regions. Further details are available online. Please direct any queries to