Universities Wales Weekly Wrap Up – 06 November 2015


Response to the green paper for Higher Education

The UK government has released a green paper – Higher education: teaching excellence, social mobility and student choice – on Friday 6th Nov, with a call for consultation responses. Universities Wales issued an initial statement in response, which can be found here.

Universities UK has published a blog by their Director of Policy, Chris Hale, highlighting some of the issues they will be considering in more detail during the consultation period (which runs until 15 January 2016).


Awards celebrate partnerships with Education

The best examples of working between Welsh business and education were highlighted at the 2015 Business and Education Partnerships Awards, sponsored by Universities Wales. The event, held at the Marriott Hotel, Cardiff, attracted hundreds of representatives from industry and academia to celebrate the highlights of the last 12 months. Insider editor Douglas Friedli, praised the “brilliant ways that companies, universities and colleges work together” in Wales. He said: “Universities and their students alone generated about £4.6bn of output in Wales in the year to 2014. Add in the colleges too, and you have a large and growing part of the economy. That economic impact is magnified when universities and colleges work with companies to create great products, boost productivity and develop the skills of the future.”

New Product Award

Winner: Direct Healthcare Services with Welsh Wound Innovation Centre for Dyna-Form Static Air HZ

Commercialisation Award
Bionema, which worked with Swansea University

People Development Award
Grwp Gwalia with Cardiff and Vale College

Research and Development Award
Cardiff University with GAMA Healthcare
Sponsored by: Stride Treglown

Economic Impact Award
Winner: LEAD Wales and Leading Growth programmes by Swansea University and Bangor University

Partnership Award
IQE joint venture with Cardiff University on compound semiconductors

College of the Year
Cardiff and Vale College

University of the Year
Cardiff University

Individual Impact Award
Richard B Davies, vice chancellor of Swansea University

Full details of the winners and shortlisted companies can be found here


Office of the Independent Adjudicator for HE – New Independent Adjudicator and Chief Executive, April 2016

The Board of the Office of the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education has announced that Judy Clements OBE has been appointed as the next Independent Adjudicator and Chief Executive.  Ms Clements will take up the post in April 2016.

Judy Clements is currently the Adjudicator for Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, the Valuation Office Agency and the Insolvency Service.  She is a member of the Executive Committee of the Ombudsman Association. Previously she was a Director at the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

The current Independent Adjudicator and Chief Executive, Rob Behrens, will continue to lead the organisation until the end of his term of office next spring.


Save the date – HEFCW event on HEFCW’s 2017/18 Fee and Access Plan guidance

Date: Tuesday, 15 December 2015 (10:30-15:00)

Venue: Cardiff city centre (location to be confirmed)

Audience: Members of staff and representatives from current and prospective regulated institutions, including:

  • senior managers
  • staff responsible for planning, widening access, finance and quality
  • clerks to governing bodies, and
  • student representatives.

We anticipate that the HEFCW 2017/18 Fee and Access Plan guidance will be published for consultation in late November 2015. The event, on 15 December, will provide more information about the consultation, give delegates a chance to discuss any issues and give us early feedback about the guidance.  Further information will be available shortly on


 Wales Forum on Europe: Internationalising HE

The Global Wales partnership led by Universities Wales will be launched at the Welsh Government’s Internationalising HE event next Wednesday 11th  November in City Hall, Cardiff. The event will celebrate the contribution of international students to Welsh universities and Wales’ economy through the launch of Universities Wales’ new report on The Economic Impact of International Students in Wales. It will also encourage and explore opportunities for the outward mobility of students and staff, notably through the Erasmus+ programme. A keynote will be given by the Minister for Education and Skills, with a closing speech by the Finance and Government Business Minister. Registration is via the following link where you will also find a full agenda and relevant practical information.