Universities Wales Weekly Wrap Up – 1 May 2015

Key Education Statistics for Wales 2015

This annual factsheet was published on 27 April 2015 (see here). 

Extension of Funding for the Sêr Cymru Programme

A cabinet decision reported on 27 April 2015 confirms that the Minister for Economy, Science and Transport has been asked to agree expenditure to deliver the key strategic programme Sêr Cymru extending the programme to 2020/21.  See here for details.

New EUA President reaches out to UK Universities

The General Assembly of the European University Association has elected Rolf Tarrach as its new President. Tarrach, a Spanish physicist, has been Rector of the University of Luxembourg since 2005. Since his election mid-April he has vowed to put a more pressure on the European Commission on issues affecting Higher Education but also to ensure that UK universities are active and satisfied with their membership of the association. He will succeed Maria Helena Nazaré when she steps down in July. He has been a EUA council member for 10 years. Currently the EUA has over 850 members across 47 countries, this includes 56 UK universities and 4 in Wales.

Go International 2015 Conference

This week saw the first Go International annual conference on outward student mobility, organised by the UK HE International Unit. The event, which included speakers such as Heidi Manley from the US Department of State as well as French and German outward mobility specialists, attracted over 100 practitioners from across the UK. It also included presentation on the Languages for All scheme by Dr. Catherine Chabert of Cardiff University. Initial feedback from the event has been positive. For more information about the Go International programme, please click here.

Quality Assessment Review Steering Group Seminar – 30 June 2015

HEFCW would like to invite you to the second Quality Assessment Review Steering Group seminar in Wales. In October 2014 the higher education funding bodies in England, Wales and Northern Ireland announced that they were jointly to undertake a review of quality assessment arrangements in higher education. 

HEFCE are due to publish the second consultation document on the future of quality assessment in higher education in May 2015, on behalf of England, Wales and Northern Ireland.  Phase 2 of the process will look at developing more detailed and concrete options for implementation. The Quality Assessment Review Steering Group will arrange a series of workshops and conferences in England; we are arranging a single event in Cardiff, on Thursday, 30 June, to gather the views of a range of people. We would welcome attendance from not only higher education providers, but also students, employers, professional bodies and other interested parties in Wales. 

An invitation with full details and an agenda will be sent out nearer the date, but, in the meantime, if you would like to register your interest, please email, who will then contact you when registrations open.  If you have any queries please contact HEFCW on 029 2068 2222.