Universities Wales Weekly Wrap Up – 13 November 2015

Launch of Global Wales and new Universities Wales report: The Economic Impact of International Students in Wales

To follow on from our on the economic impact of higher education in Wales report last month, Universities Wales have released a separate report showing the Economic Impact of International Students in Wales to support the launch of the Global Wales project on Wed 11th November. Global Wales was launched by the Minister for Education and Skills at the Welsh Government’s ‘Wales Forum on Europe: Internationalising HE’ event in City Hall, Cardiff. It is a partnership project between Universities Wales, Welsh Government, British Council Wales and the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW) that will promote Welsh universities in key overseas markets with a view to building new collaborative ventures, increasing Wales’ visibility overseas and attracting further investment to Wales

The new study shows that international students studying at Welsh universities are bringing a significant and positive economic benefit to Wales, including generating £530 million of export earnings, equivalent to 4% of all Welsh exports 2014, and attracting additional short-stay leisure visitors to Wales in the form of family and friends from abroad (approx. 50,180 in 2013/14). A bilingual executive summary can be found here.

Consumer Protection and HE – SPA event

SPA is running a free event for strategic-level staff on Consumer Protection and HE on Wednesday 2nd December at Cardiff University.

The SPA input will cover consumer protection within admissions – which is where the contract with the applicant is first formed. Professor Patricia Price, PVC, and Simon Wright, Academic Registrar, from Cardiff University will provide a case study on how consumer protection issues were addressed throughout the university. Legal staff from Eversheds will highlight the risks for universities overall.

There are only a limited number of places left – for more information and to register, visit the events page on the SPA website.

EHEA Workshops

Colleagues are invited to attend Mobility and Employability workshops taking place in November and December as part of a European Commission project in support of the implementation of the Bologna/European Higher Education Area (EHEA) reforms. The workshops, which will be run by the team of UK EHEA Experts, and include a panel discussion including representatives from HEIs, employers, students, Association of Graduate Careers Advice Services (AGCAS), and National Centre for Universities and Business (NCUB) will be of interest to Erasmus Coordinators, International Office staff, Careers Service staff, Placement Coordinators, Funding Officers, Student Services staff and student union staff/representatives. Please do pass this information on as widely as possible, and encourage colleagues to take advantage of this opportunity.

Manchester – Thursday 26 November

Cardiff – Thursday 3 December