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Universities Wales Weekly Wrap Up – 22 June 2018

QAA launches Provider Survey 2018

WWU image 1QAA has launched the 2018 higher education provider survey and would welcome feedback about the higher education sector and perceptions of QAA.

QAA’s services are designed to support all aspects of quality assurance and enhancement within institutions and to develop solutions to sector wide quality-related issues. It is vital therefore that it continue to understand the priorities and preferences of the sector regarding the key issues relating to its work.

Please respond to the survey to help QAA ensure that its services are tailored to the needs of the UK and Wales.

Complete the survey by 11 July 2018.

NUS Wales launch partnership with international development organisation United Purpose

NUS Wales has launched an exciting partnership with United Purpose to give students a part to play in Wales’ role in the world

WWU image 2United Purpose is an international development organisation that supports communities living in poverty to secure prosperous, independent and sustainable futures.

WWU image 3The partnership sees both organisations resolve to collaborate on key global issues:

  •  Helping women in the Global South to have access to and control over the major issues that impact them, such as money, information, and institutions, so that they can have agency over their own lives.
  • Reducing the carbon footprint of the Welsh education sector, and increasing student awareness and action on environmental issues.
  • Raising awareness and activism of global poverty amongst the Welsh student body.

The partnership was launched at NUS Wales’ Summer Reception at Caffi Sio in Cardiff Bay on Wednesday night, as Assembly Members, Welsh Government Officials and sector stakeholders came together to hear about the exciting project, and the principles that will guide the work.

Sennedd research service publishes new blog: Brexit and Welsh universities and colleges: what are the challenges, and are there any opportunities?

WWU image 1This blog briefly explores some of the opportunities and challenges universities and colleges face as the United Kingdom continues toward its exit from the European Union.

It complements the Children, Young People and Education Committee’s current inquiry into Brexit for which a stakeholder event is being held on 04 July 2018 in Cardiff.

HEFCW Quality Assessment Framework event

WWU image 4Interested in quality assessment in higher education?

Come to HEFCW’s event on 29 June for: 
• An introduction to the Quality Assessment Framework in Wales
• An overview of all aspects of the Framework, together with updates from Advance HE and UUK on their work on degree standards and external examining
• Interactive workshops

New VacanciesWWU image 5

Higher Education Funding Council of Wales

1. Risk Assurance Manager
2. Senior Research Manager

National Assembly for Wales

1. Temporary European and Constitutional Affairs Advisor 

Political Update

  • Sixteen of Wales’s “brightest sixth-formers” – who are part of the Seren Network – will join students from across the world this summer for Yale University’s Yale Young Global Scholars summer programme.
  • Economy Secretary, Ken Skates, has announced £3.5m for a new Data Innovation Accelerator. The EU-funded project will see Welsh Government join forces with Cardiff University to “turn data science research and analytics into the products and processes of tomorrow”.
  • Kirsty Williams has announced that the Welsh Government’s 21st Century Schools and Education Programme has completed its 100th project. The Education Secretary was speaking at the inaugural Education Buildings Wales conference at Cardiff University.
  • The Constitutional and Legislative Affairs Committee discussed The Education (Postgraduate Doctoral Degree Loans) (Wales) Regulations 2018 during its meeting earlier this week, after previously raising concerns over a number of technical points.
  • The Welsh Language Commissioner has written to Eluned Morgan in connection with the position of the Welsh language in apprenticeship programmes.
  • Statistics on employment and earnings outcomes of higher education graduates; student support applications; and Education Maintenance Allowances have been published on the Welsh Government website.

The Conversation showcase:

Highlighting the latest work by academics at Welsh universities

Breastfeeding is not ‘easy’ – stop telling new mothers that it is (Swansea)
https://theconversation.com/breastfeeding-is-not-easy-stop-telling-new-mothers-that-it-is-98026

Eight bedtime stories to read to children of all ages (Bangor)
https://theconversation.com/eight-bedtime-stories-to-read-to-children-of-all-ages-97801

Investigation gets underway over Carl Sargeant tragedy and Welsh first minister (Bangor)
https://theconversation.com/investigation-gets-underway-over-carl-sargeant-tragedy-and-welsh-first-minister-98414

We’re working on a more accurate pollen forecasting system using plant DNA (Bangor)
https://theconversation.com/were-working-on-a-more-accurate-pollen-forecasting-system-using-plant-dna-97474