Universities Wales Weekly Wrap Up – 05 May 2017

General Election 2017: UUK priorities

Ahead of the general election, Universities UK has identified five priorities for politicians to consider when forming their policies on higher education:

  1. Securing an effective post-Brexit settlement for universities
  1. Supporting universities in their role as anchors for growth in local economies
  2. Increasing funding for science, research and innovation to match our competitors
  3. Supporting world-leading teaching, student experience and improving outcomes
  4. An effective immigration system

Whilst education is devolved to the National Assembly for Wales, there are several policy areas under the UK Government that affect Welsh universities. This includes the post-Brexit settlement for the UK, including immigration policy for university staff and students, and aspects of Science and Research funding. Research shows that universities in Wales are even more critical to its economy than higher education is to the English regions, therefore Unis Wales also urges politicians to consider these election manifesto priorities.


Unis Wales Update

This week Unis Wales Chair and the Chair of our PVC-Research Network met with Professor Graeme Reid and his panel for an opening session of the Reid Review.

We submitted two consultation responses to the National Assembly for Wales’ Economy, Infrastructure and Skills Committee – available on our website:


Event: Partnership for Wales Conference

Wednesday 24 May at Cardiff Metropolitan University, Llandaff Campus.

This conference is an annual event focussed on developing and enhancing student partnership and learner involvement practices across Wales. This year, the conference’s main theme will be celebrating the successes and impact of student partnership across Wales, and sharing this practice so that other students’ unions and institutions can explore and implement this work themselves.

Conference attendees include staff from students’ unions and institutions who have responsibility for some aspect of student partnership and learner involvement, students’ union officers and other learner representatives. This conference is for both HE and FE delegates. You can register here.


Event: Interdisciplinary research: opportunities and challenges

Friday 9th June 2017, 12:00-1400 hours (including 30 min lunch: 12:00-12:30), Room C/O.13, School of Biosciences, Cardiff University

Open to all – no registration required. Light lunch included.

Interdisciplinarity has developed in many areas of science and research over the past half-century, as diverse disciplines increasingly work together to provide new insights into multifaceted research questions and to address complex policy areas.

At the same time, interdisciplinarity presents a series of challenges. It requires time, commitment and leadership skills to run new forms of collaboration.  There are calls for fresh approaches to evaluation and publication to take account of interdisciplinary research.

What are the critical issues? What are the possible solutions?

This lunchtime debate features a panel with expertise in interdisciplinarity, who will share their views and experience. There will be an opportunity for the audience to participate with their questions and comments.


Event: What does the Higher Education and Research Bill mean for your institution?

On 27 April 2017, the Higher Education and Research Bill received Royal Assent and became an Act.

Universities UK will hold a national one-day conference on 10 October 2017 to explore the Higher Education and Research Act (2017) and consider what it means for UK universities. Bringing together a range of policy makers and experts, the conference will give attendees the opportunity to consider the key aspects of the Act, and to begin planning institutional strategy in context.

Book here to join fellow higher education professionals and leading policy experts, to receive the most up to date briefing on the critical issues in the White Paper, and discuss the implications for institutions.