Universities Wales Weekly Wrap Up 5 December 2014

Advent Calendar

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News – Autumn Statement 2014

The UK Government published its Autumn Statement on 4 December 2014. The Universities UK (UUK) response is available on the UUK website.

News –

This week saw the launch of a new portal – – that showcases some of the shining examples of how Welsh universities advance the world around us. Be it the vital contribution they make to our economy, the help they provide in saving patient’s lives through better healthcare and more efficient use of resources, or expertise in projects providing a significant boost to our native food industry; through the transformational power of research our universities are actively engaged in meeting the challenges facing modern Welsh society. To see how our universities are making a significant contribution to the advancement of Welsh society, visit the Universities Wales portal at

News – Future of Widening Access Conference – HEFCW

To coincide with the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales’ (HEFCW) widening access conference on 2 December 2014, a publication was launched online that draws together examples of work that is being taken forward that illustrates the diversity of widening access practices, including engaging participants from primary school pupils to families, employees and adult learners and from campus-based to workplace to community-based delivery. Case studies show how universities help encourage learning aspirations, support transition to and through learning, enhance learning skills, promote vocational skills and employability, and promote equality of opportunity.

Publications – HEA Annual Report

The Higher Education Academy (HEA) has published its annual report for 2013-14. This includes: recognition of over 50,000 against the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF); the launch of the HEA’s professional writing retreats to help individuals dedicate time to understanding the UKPSF and draft their application; recognition of 16 individuals recognised in the Technicians of the Year awards; participation in the Postgraduate Research and Taught Experience Surveys (PRES and PTES); and the publication of research on flexible learning, the first UK National Survey of Student Engagement; and MOOCs. You can read the report on the HEA’s website.