HEW Weekly Wrap Up 29 August 2014

News – Key Information Set data now available on Unistats 

The Unistats website has now been updated with the 2014 Key Information Set (KIS) data, and includes the latest National Student Survey (NSS) outcomes. The layout of the homepage has also been revised, including the introduction of a ‘flexible course assistant’ and an introductory video to provide new users with an overview of the site. 

News – Labour’s UK Shadow University Minister indicates future policy

Liam Byrne, Labour’s shadow universities, science and skills minister, published a pamphlet this week with the Social Market Foundation thinktank, which argues that higher education is central to creating more high-wage jobs and ending the “cost of living crisis”. He says a Labour government would prioritise finding a solution to the problem of postgraduate funding, and he calls for the reintroduction of a national access scheme similar to the defunct Aimhigher.  Further details can be found here.

News – US and Canadian Guidance Counsellor mission to Wales 

On 21-22 August 2014 Higher Education Wales (HEW) and British Council Wales welcomed a delegation of ten US and Canadian Guidance Counsellor Associations to Wales. The visit saw the seven American and three Canadian representatives visiting London for a general introduction the UK HE system before moving on to Cardiff and Swansea. HEW invited all of the Welsh universities to take part in an information session on the Welsh universities. The Counsellors took part in campus visits and information sessions on Wales’ universities. Feedback from the Counsellors has been very encouraging. It was clear that their knowledge of the UK HE system had been broadened significantly by the visit and that they left with a positive image of Wales as a study destination. A similar visit is already envisaged for next year. Further details about the visit are available on the HEW website. Please direct any queries to Gwen Williams (

A forward look to the week ahead 

Wales will host the largest gathering of international leaders ever to take place in Britain as the UK hosts the NATO summit. President Obama, Chancellor Merkel, and President Hollande are expected to attend along with leaders and senior ministers from around 60 other countries.