Universities Wales Weekly Wrap Up – 11 November 2016

First Minister announces welcome to international students in Wales post-Brexit

Post-Brexit Wales will welcome overseas students and the Welsh Government will press the UK government to ensure they do not fall victim of plans to reduce immigration. That was the message from First Minister Carwyn Jones when he addressed students and academics at Bangor University on Friday 11 November.

The First Minister will say: “Let me make it very clear there is a welcome for overseas students here, those already in Wales, and those thinking about studying in Wales.

“The last UK Government made a terrible mistake in its approach to student visas. Overseas students became a soft target in the quest to meet an impossible immigration promise.

“Sadly, rather than re-visit this approach – the new Government seem ready to double down on that approach. The effect of this attitude is to cut the numbers of overseas students applying to study in the UK. Not just because of new restrictive laws, but because of the damaging perception that this is not a welcoming environment any longer.

“Our position then, is that we want the UK Government to take international students out of net immigration targets. We will continue to press this case.

“Post Brexit, we need a higher education system that allows institutions to continue to collaborate freely and to work together across Europe and the globe. A system that allows our students to travel and study in other countries and ensures Wales continues to be a welcoming place for those from abroad to learn and to work.

“These collaborations must continue. We will work with universities to make sure that these bridges are maintained and strengthened in years to come.”

In his key note speech the First Minister also set out the Welsh Government’s seven key objectives for negotiations with the UK Government and the EU Commission. The full press release and key objectives can be found here.

UK-wide TEF provider briefing events

HEFCE is shortly running a series of one-day UK-wide TEF provider briefing events to explain the TEF guidance in more detail, and to support providers to understand the TEF submission process. Emails have already gone out but in case you have missed the invitation, they would like to invite you to send one delegate to one of the events below on behalf of your organisation, should you feel it might be useful to come along for information.

They have limited capacity (they are able to accommodate one staff member, and one student from each provider), as such are not able to accommodate more than one delegate from your organisation, nor any other organisations that they haven’t already directly contacted. The events will be first come-first served and many are filling up quickly.

Please find below links to each of the events so you can register for the one that your organisation would like to attend.

17 November            Leeds               

21 November            London            

23 November            Birmingham      

24 November            Cardiff              

29 November            London            

30 November            Glasgow          

2 December              London           

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Analytics in higher education

Learning analytics provide a set of powerful tools to inform and support learners. They enable institutions and individuals to better understand and predict personal learning needs and performance.

​​​A new Universities UK report, written in partnership with Civitas Learning and Jisc, sets out the case for better use of analytics in higher education.