Universities Wales Weekly Wrap Up – 06 May 2016


National Assembly Election for Wales

These are the results of the National Assembly Election for Wales on May 5 2016:

Party Constituency AMs Regional AMs Total
Welsh Labour 27 (-1) 2 (0) 29
Plaid Cymru 6 (+1) 6 (0) 12
Welsh Conservatives 6 (0) 5 (-3) 11
UKIP Wales 0 (0) 7 (+7) 7
Welsh Liberal Democrats 1 (0) 0 (-4) 1


Queen’s Speech

UK Parliament is expected to prorogue on the Thursday 12 May until the Queen’s Speech on Wednesday 18 May.


New Blog – “Wales’ Universities – a key agent for change for the next Welsh Government”

Our Director has written a blog for CaSE (Campaign for Science and Engineering) on the crucial role universities can play in helping Wales compete on the global stage. All of CaSE’s work in Wales can be found on their website here


Event – British Council North Asia briefing

Universities Wales is working with IDP Education to provide a market briefing on China, Taiwan and Hong Kong on Monday 9 May in Cardiff. Mr Allen Jiang, IDP’s North Asia Director, will provide an overview on developments in the region, allowing time for Q&A and discussion. British Council Wales is kindly hosting the meeting, primarily targeted at University International Directors and Country Managers, at their offices on 1 Kingsway, Cardiff. For more information or to register, please contact Gwen Williams (


HEFCW Circulars

  • W16/14HE Quality Assessment Framework for Wales

HEFCW published its consultation on a draft framework for quality assessment in Wales on 26 April 2016: see here.  The deadline for responses is 8 June 2016.

  • W16/13HE Guidance on partnership arrangements

HEFCW published its final guidance on partnership arrangements in the context of the HE (Wales) Act 2016 on 25 April 2016: see here.