Universities Wales Weekly Wrap Up 7 November 2014

News – Winners named in the inaugural Business and Education Partnership Awards

As a headline sponsor, Universities Wales was delighted to offer its support to the inaugural Welsh Business and Education Partnership Awards. Organised by Business Insider, the awards aimed to highlight some of the research, training, commercialisation and products that come to life when business and academia come together. Key results are listed on our website.

Publications – UCAS – International Admissions Review Consultation – Findings and Recommendations report 

The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) issued the International Admissions Review consultation in April 2014. The Findings and Recommendations Report provides a detailed summary of the responses received and outlines proposals for change. UCAS is inviting further comments and suggestions via

Publications – HEFCW circular – Plans for the NSS 2015

The Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW) has published circular W14/42HE ‘Plans for the National Student Survey (NSS) 2015’. The circular requests action from all institutions by 28 November 2014, and provides further information about the outcomes from earlier surveys and general features of the survey. The survey questionnaire will remain the same as for the 2014 NSS. As in 2014, on completing the survey, students on first degree programmes will be invited to take part in a separate ‘click through’ survey asking them about their intentions after graduation. This will be asked of online respondents only. Please direct queries to Cliona O’Neill –

Events – OER15 ‘Mainstreaming Open Education’ – call for contributions

The Open Education Resources (OER) 2015 conference is taking place on 14-15 April 2015 at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, and is organised under the theme ‘Mainstreaming Open Education’. The conference committee has now opened the call for contributions – with a deadline of 24 November 2014. The keynote speakers have also been confirmed: Josie Fraser, Dr Cable Green, Sheila MacNeill, and Professor Martin Weller. Further details are available on the conference website.

Appointments – HEA Wales – Future Directions Strategic Lead

The Higher Education Academy (HEA) has announced that Dr Stephen Bostock has joined the HEA as Future Directions Strategic Lead. Stephen will be the HEA’s central point of contact for the Future Directions programme through to the next conference in 2016. In this role, Stephen will be working with institutions, sector bodies, and the leaders of the Future Directions workstrands. Stephen’s email address is