Universities Wales Weekly Wrap Up – 10 June 2016

Event – Should universities care about the EU referendum?

Would Brexit undermine the ability of Wales and the UK to compete in the global science and innovation race?  How would the potential withdrawal of the UK from the European Union affect universities and innovation in Wales and the UK?

Cardiff University invites you to hear leading figures in politics and industry discuss the impact of the European Union on higher education, science and the knowledge economy. This free event is being held at Techniquest in Cardiff Bay at 6pm on Wednesday 15 June.

Speakers include: Lord Kinnock, Ann Beynon and Professor Howard R. Morris and the event will be chaired by Catrin Haf Jones, ITV Wales.

Limited places available. To register your attendance, please click here, or contact

Event – Britain and Europe: Together or apart?

A former senior diplomat will be giving a public lecture on the Britain’s future in Europe just a week before the country decides on whether to stay in or leave the EU.

Baron Kerr of Kinlochard will deliver the eighth lecture in the University of South Wales (USW) Global Choices series – Europe and Britain: Together or Apart? – as part of an event jointly organised by USW and the English Speaking Union.

The event will take place at Cardiff City Stadium on 16 June 2016 6.30pm to 8pm

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MOU between NUS Wales and HEFCW

Last Wednesday (8 June), NUS Wales and the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW) signed a memorandum of understanding to outline how the two organisations will work together in the future.

This historic step formalises an already strong relationship between the two organisations, and will ensure NUS Wales and HEFCW will continue to work together to ensure the interests and needs of students are addressed at every opportunity, and are at the heart of both organisations.

Further information can be found here.

New SPA website

The SPA has launched it’s new website and here’s where you can take a look.

The website has been developed to improve navigation and access to all the SPA’s good practice resources and information for HE providers and stakeholders. The site has improved search functionality, with filters by both resource type and topic, and it has been made easier to see how areas of good practice relate to one another.

The address for the site homepage remains unchanged,, but some pages within the site will have new addresses so if you reference thei materials in any documentation, please be aware that these will now redirect to the new homepage. All the downloadable files have been updated to include the new addresses.

The SPA are really keen to hear what you think of the new site so please email Jeni with any feedback or suggestions. Similarly, if you encounter any problems with the site, please get in touch with them

Unconscious bias – new video resource from SPA

The SPA continues to develop and publish a range of good practice and staff development materials aimed at raising awareness of unconscious bias and minimising any risk of bias in the admissions process.  To this end, they have produced a video presentation, available on YouTube, which provides an introduction to the subject. This is the first time they have produced a video presentation so would like to understand whether this is a useful format – please email Lizzy with any feedback.

A similar version on PowerPoint with speaker notes for colleagues wanting to run an internal staff development session is available to download from the SPA website