Universities Wales Weekly Wrap Up 9 January 2015

News – Welsh Government announces financial incentives to attract top graduates into teaching

On 7 January 2015 the Education Minister, Huw Lewis, announced that higher achieving graduates will be able to access incentives of up to £20,000 to train to teach top priority subjects such as Maths, Welsh, Chemistry and Physics at secondary school level in the next academic year. During the 2015/16, students with a 1st class honours degree will be able to claim £20,000, graduates with a 2.1 will be able to claim £10,000, and those with a 2.2 can claim £6,000. The full statement is available on the Welsh Government website.

News – Glyndŵr University’s Vice Chancellor relinquishes role

On 5 January 2015, Glyndŵr University released a statement announcing their Vice Chancellor, Professor Michael Scott, has relinquished the role he held for 14 years. He will formally depart the University on March 31 2015 but has been granted a leave of absence from January 1 2015, so that he can pursue his research and other academic activities. Glyndŵr University’s Deputy Vice Chancellor Peter Excell will be providing academic leadership until an interim VC is appointed. The full statement is available on the Glyndŵr University website.

Publication – WHELF Annual Report

The Wales Higher Education Libraries Forum (WHELF) has published its 2013-14 annual report on its website. The report includes examples of collaborative activities, as well as photographs of new developments in Welsh academic libraries. Please direct any queries to Rachael Whitfield (

Publications – HEFCE evidence and input to the 2014 government consultations on the Science and Innovation Strategy and Science Capital Roadmap

The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) has published submissions to two Government consultations. The Government’s new strategy for Science and Innovation sets out a long term vision for research and innovation in the UK. HEFCE responded to the strategy upon its publication, welcoming its recognition of the central role that universities play in delivering this vision through their broad range of research and innovation activities and partnerships. The report is available on the HEFCE website.