Universities Wales Weekly Wrap Up 17 October 2014

Consultation – HEFCE invite views on an international REF

On 14 October 2014, the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) published a survey inviting views on an internationalised system of research assessment. The survey forms part of a project exploring the benefits and challenges of expanding the UK’s research assessment system, the Research Excellence Framework (REF), on an international basis. At the broadest level, this means an extension of the assessment to incorporate submissions from universities overseas. The survey is open until 12 November 2014.

Publication – City Growth Commission – UniverCities: The Knowledge to Power UK Metros

On 14 October 2014, the City Growth Commission launched its UniverCities report. The report makes a number of recommendations:

  1. Metro authorities use new freedoms and flexibilities to establish Metro Investment Funds for Higher Education (MIFHE) within their metro areas to fund research and teaching which deliver an impact on local growth.
  2. Local authorities and agencies could run a concentrated campaign with universities to help focus graduates on extending their roots in their place of study in the key weeks and months before and after graduation.
  3. Metros should develop a centralised system which pools rejected graduate recruitment applications and recycles them to local firms with vacancies.
  4. Employers should be helped to pool resources to enable ‘golden handcuffs’ arrangements which span industries, sectors and supply chains, rewarding medium term commitment from graduates to working locally.
  5. Build networks through cross-fertilisation between people and institutions.
  6. Embed entrepreneurialism at university.

Event – HEFCW: The Future Direction of Widening Access

On 2 December 2014, the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW) is running a one day national conference on widening access. The Education Minister Huw Lewis AM is due to give a keynote speech on the Welsh Government’s policy and priorities. Details are available on HEFCW’s website.