Universities Wales Weekly Wrap Up 13 February 2015

News – Newton Fund Event

The UK Higher Education International Unit (IU) working with Universities Wales organised a Newton Fund event in Cardiff on the 11 February 2015. The workshop enabled researchers and university staff from across Wales to meet with some of the key Newton Fund delivery partners (Research Councils UK (RCUK), the Academies and British Council) to learn more about the Fund and to ask questions about calls, application processes, eligibility, evaluation etc. Should you be interested in receiving a copy of the presentations, or should you wish to learn more or share any feedback about the Newton Fund with colleagues at the IU, please contact Gwen Williams –

Publication – UUK report calls for reform to HE regulation (England)

On 12 February 2014, Universities UK (UUK) published a report which has called for changes to be made in the way that higher education (HE) in England is regulated. The report argues that, due to student funding and other changes to HE in recent years, the current system of regulation is becoming outdates and reform is needed in order to protect our international reputation for quality. The report is available on the UUK website.

Publication – UUK – Student mental wellbeing in HE: good practice guide

On 13 February 2015, UUK published guidance for the teaching and support of students experiencing mental health difficulties. It draws on evidence and practice from within the higher education sector and reports from government and the health and voluntary sectors. It is aimed at senior leaders and managers, to support institutions in their promotion of mental wellbeing and in the support they provide for students experiencing mental health difficulties. The report is available on the UUK website.

Event – SPA – Using Admissions to Bridge the Gap for Care Leavers

Supporting Professionalism in Admissions (SPA) is running a one day event on 2 March 2015 in Birmingham to launch the publication of the initial findings from SPA’s call for evidence on examples to highlight how applicants in and leaving care are supported through the admissions process. The event is aimed at practitioners UK wide involved in the widening participation of care leavers through outreach, admissions, and student support. Details are available on SPA’s website.