HEW Weekly Wrap Up 9 May 2014

Consultation – LFHE – Leadership and Management Survey 2014

The Leadership Foundation for Higher Education (LFHE) is undertaking a survey seeking to find out what LFHE alumni and colleagues see as the key issues and challenges surrounding leadership, management and leadership development in their own institutions, how they see their own careers and development, what motivates them, and what support they might receive and find valuable in the coming years. The LFHE have announced a new deadline of 14 May 2014.

Consultation – HEFCW Strategic engagement consultation

The Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW) published its consultation (Circular W14/16HE) on future strategic engagement arrangements on 7 May 2014. It is proposed that a single Strategic Planning and Engagement Document (SPED) be submitted by each institution by 31 October 2014 to cover a three-year period to start from 2014/15 replacing current arrangements for the submission of separate strategic plans and sub-strategies.

Publication – UUK General Election messages

On the Universities UK (UUK) blog this week, Paul Clark discusses what’s at stake for higher education (HE), a year away from the General Election. UUK is focusing its messaging on three key areas: 1 – broad political consensus on student funding; 2 – a more favourable environment created for the recruitment of international students into the UK; and 3 – increased public funding investment in research and innovation. Underpinning the three priorities is economic growth.

Publication – An emerging profession: The higher education philanthropy workforce

This Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) publication takes a detailed look at the fundraising workforce in UK HE. The Review of philanthropy in UK HE in 2012 set an ambitious goal: that by 2022, universities and colleges would be raising £2bn per year in gifts from 640,000 donors. The new publication argues that the workforce – currently around 1,800 – will need to double, if not triple, if universities are to reach this potential. The report makes recommendations on how to attract, retain and develop the extra staff needed to achieve that target, and supplies a toolkit for accomplishing this.

Event – HEAR event – inspirational leaders seminar

The Higher Education Academy (HEA) is running a session on how Swansea University has become the first institution in the UK to have gained the formal approval of the European Commission for its Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR). The seminar / webinar is taking place on 20 May 2014. Swansea was awarded a Diploma Supplement Label in December 2013 for its HEAR (Diploma Supplement) and it is potentially the first university in Europe to have been awarded the prestigious Label for an electronic version of the Diploma Supplement. Huw Morris, Swansea’s Academic Registrar, will share Swansea’s experiences of developing a Diploma Supplement, and converting the document into an e-HEAR. Bookings are now open. You can attend in person or virtually.

Appointments – Innovation Advisory Council

The Welsh Government is establishing an Innovation Advisory Council for Wales to monitor progress against the objectives of the ‘Innovation Wales’ strategy, and to advise on innovation issues. A Chair and a Vice Chair are being sought. Please direct queries to Alastair Davies – 03000615955 or The closing date is 19 May 2014. Details are on the Welsh Government website.