Universities Wales Weekly Wrap Up – 12 February 2016

Universities Wales statement on the revised Welsh Government draft budget

On Tuesday 9 February, the Welsh Government announced changes to higher education funding in the draft budget for 2016/17.

Our response can be found here.


Universities UK sector agencies review

Universities UK has established a new working group to examine the current higher education sector agency landscape and provide advice on how the work of the agencies can continue to effectively support the sector into the future.

The working group will undertake a review of UK higher education sector agencies’ functions, services and infrastructure. The work will be overseen by a sub-group of the Universities UK board including Prof. Julie Lydon OBE, Vice-Chancellor, University of South Wales.

The draft terms of reference and further information can be found here.


Event – Smart City, Bright Future – Bringing the Smart City approach to Cardiff

The Open University in Wales is hosting a free event for anyone with an interest in finding out more about how Smart Cities work.  The event will be held on Friday 26 February from 10am to 12 noon, at the Life Sciences Hub, Cardiff Bay.

Cardiff is growing rapidly and the fast expansion of Wales’ capital city brings with it opportunities and challenges. Such rapid growth can create stress points in areas such as energy, water and transport; the need for new and intelligent solutions to the issues caused by this expansion has never been more acute.

The Open University is proud to play a leading role in the MK:Smart project which forms part of the Milton Keynes Council ‘Future City’ programme. MK:Smart aims to develop innovative solutions to the issues caused by the rapid growth of the city bringing together industry, academia and the public sector to find ways of supporting continued sustainable growth of the city. Could Cardiff benefit from a similar approach?

The event is free but registration is essential, book here.


Event – Women in Academia – Friday 4 March

The Women in Academia@USW Network are excited to invite network members and academics from all other Welsh Universities, to the first USW International Women’s Day event for 2016.

An opportunity for networking across the sector, the theme of the day is ‘Pledge for Parity’ and the structure of the day comprises of one to one addresses, facilitated panel discussions as well as workshops. The afternoon event will keynote speaker Ms Kate Lewis, Content Editor & Weather Presenter at ITV Wales.

Booking for this event is now open here.


WHEB Internship position

Applications are now open for candidates wishing to be considered for the WHEB internship position from August 2016 – July 2017.  Further details can be found here – the closing date for applications is 7th March.

For further information about the position, please contact Berwyn Davies at


Vacancy – Chair of Sport Wales

The Welsh Government are seeking to recruit a new Chair to Sport Wales.  You can find details in English here and in Welsh here.