Universities Wales Weekly Wrap Up – 06 October 2017

The Learned Society for Wales launches “Wales and the world” supplement.

On 27th September, Cabinet Secretary for Education Kirsty Williams AC/AM launched a newly published supplement by the Learned Society for Wales – “Wales and the world”. The dedicated supplement was printed and distributed within the Times Higher Education (THE) on 14th September, highlighting Wales’s research excellence and innovation, and it’s hoped the publication will increase international awareness of Wales’s educational, research, innovation and business activities in the competitive global environment within which it operates. 


Register for Civic Mission Summit – Cardiff 25th October 2017

Welsh Government in association with Cardiff University invite you to hear about the latest developments in the civic mission of higher education from key speakers such as Professor Ellen Hazelkorn and Professor John Goddard as well as the views of the Cabinet Secretary for Education, Kirsty Williams AC/AM.

As well as hearing from high-profile keynote speakers, the Summit will also feature panel discussions on the civic mission of higher education and will be a unique opportunity to discuss and share experiences with other institutions and individuals involved in this work in Wales and beyond.

To attend at this important event please book here:


Tech partnership ceases operations:

The Tech Partnership, the sector skills council for digital skills, has announced it will cease operations in September 2018. The Tech Partnership is the issuing authority for apprenticeships in the digital skills sector in Wales.


Staff changes at Unis Wales

It’s all change in the office this week, as Olivia Jones moves for an internal 6 month secondment to a new post, working on our Research and Innovation policy, and Beth Button joins the team to fill the Political and Public Affairs Policy advisor role. Beth joins us having just finished an elected position with the European Students’ Union, prior to which she was president of the National Union of Students in Wales. Beth can be reached on, and Olivia remains on


Selling Wales to the World

Professor Iwan Davies (Swansea University), Angharad Thomas (Bangor University) and Amanda Wilkinson (Universities Wales) will be giving evidence on Wednesday morning to the National Assembly’s Economy, Infrastructure and Skills Committee. This is part of the committee’s consultation on selling Wales to the world. You can find our written submission to the consultation on our website.


Political update:

  • The Welsh Government’s Draft Budget 2018-19 was debated during Tuesday’s Plenary, and while more detailed spending proposals for each department will be released at the end of the month, some of the headline proposals include:

£40m for higher and further education between 2018 and 2020
£14m to develop north Wales undergraduate medical training

The full outline draft proposals are available here, while the ministerial written statement can be read here.


  • The Cabinet Secretary for Education was asked the following questions during Wednesday’s Plenary session:

Rhun ap Iorwerth (Ynys Môn): Will the Cabinet Secretary make a statement on medical education in north Wales? (Question 1; 13:30)

Michelle Brown (North Wales): Questioned the Cabinet Secretary about the Welsh Government’s tuition fees policy and whether students could be worse off than those in England if the UK Government revised its policies? (Questions without notice; 13:50)

Eluned Morgan (Mid and West Wales): Will the Cabinet Secretary make a statement on pupil welfare in education? (Question 4; 13:55) includes discussions about the importance of promoting STEM subjects

Llyr Gruffydd (North Wales): Will the Cabinet Secretary make a statement on the new professional standards for teaching and leadership? (Question 5; 14:00)

Simon Thomas (Mid and West Wales): What is the Welsh Government doing to support the development of veterinary education? (Did not reach Plenary)

Kirsty Williams: Aberystwyth University is developing in the field of veterinary science, supporting their ambition of becoming a centre of veterinary expertise. They have secured European funding via the Welsh Government. It is for them, and other universities in Wales, to consider any future developments in veterinary education.


  • longitudinal survey of the destinations of leavers from higher education has been published on the Welsh Government website
  • The Cabinet Secretary for Education has appointed Professor Harvey Weingarten to undertake a Review of Systems for Monitoring and Improving the Effectiveness of Post-compulsory Education in Wales.