Universities Wales Weekly Wrap Up 13 March 2015

News – NUS Wales election results

The National Union of Students (NUS) Wales has elected its officer team for 2015/16. Beth Button was re-elected as President – manifesto here, Ebbi Ferguson was elected as Deputy President (manifesto here), and Rosie Inman was re-elected Women’s Officer (manifesto here). The results were announced on Twitter #NUSW15

News – Review of Supporting Professionalism in Admissions (SPA): Outcome 

The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) Board has agreed the recommendations from the SPA Review Group; funding to enable SPA to continue on a more permanent footing will be provided by UCAS. The Review Group and the Review Report recognised the role, value and importance of the independent SPA Steering Group, which will continue its role in shaping and defining SPA’s priorities. SPA will offer the same type of services and support to all HEPs UK-wide as it does now. The Review Report will be published on the UCAS website after the SPA Steering Group has considered the outcomes. UCAS and SPA  thank all colleagues who completed the survey and contributed to the SPA Review.

Publication – IU – Gone International: mobile students and their outcomes

The UK Higher Education International Unit (IU) published a report this week that provides the first national outline of which students go abroad, where they go, and considers what currently available data tells us about the initial outcomes of international experience as part of a UK undergraduate programme. The Go International: Mobile students and their outcomes report outlines the academic attainment and employment outcomes of mobile and non-mobile undergraduate students who completed their studies in 2012/13. In comparing mobile and non-mobile students’ outcomes, data from the cohort shows that, six months after graduating:

  • A lower proportion of graduates who were mobile were unemployed (5.4% compared to 6.7%)
  • A higher proportion of graduates who were mobile were working abroad, if in employment (11% of those in full-time work compared to 2%).
  • On average, graduates who were mobile earned more across 11 out of 17 subject areas and earned more if they remained in the UK to work.
  • Graduates who were mobile were earning more in 40 out of 67 subjects (with available data), with the highest disparities in salary (of at least £3,000) being in Sociology; Computer Science; Theology and Religious Studies; Electronic and Electrical Engineering, and Physical Geographical Sciences.

Publication – CMA information – undergraduate students 

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is encouraging student advisors and influencers to read their new information for undergraduate students choosing or taking a HE course. The short, accessible information highlights for students what to look out for when choosing where and what to study and what to do if, once a student is there, things go wrong. Alongside the student information, the CMA is also providing advice for higher education providers. Read the full news alert here.

Event – HEFCW – Skills and Employability

On 18 June 2015,  HEFCW will be hosting a free event in Cardiff focusing on the skills and employability initiatives being delivered by Welsh universities. The Deputy Minister for Skills and Technology, Julie James AM, will deliver a keynote speech. To pre-register or for more information, contact Steve Williams (

Event – British Council – ‘Wales and the World’

On 10 March 2015, the British Council (BC) held an event in the Senedd to showcase its work in international education to AMs, Welsh Government and partner organisations. The two keynote speakers were the Education Minister, Huw Lewis, and the Director of BC Wales, Jenny Scott. Universities Wales hosted an exhibition stand at the event to raise awareness of two key initiatives – Global Wales, and Study in Wales. Please direct any queries about these projects to Gwen (