Universities Wales Weekly Wrap Up – 13th October 2017

UK Standing Committee for Quality Assessment launches consultation on review of Quality Code

The UK Standing Committee for Quality Assessment (UKSCQA) has published a consultation on the review of the UK Quality Code for Higher Education with the support of its partners from across the sector, including HEFCE. Providers of all types are being encouraged to engage with the consultation via an online survey.

Responses to the consultation should be submitted by midnight on 13 December 2017.

Read the news item on the UKSCQA website

Read and respond to the Quality Code consultation


FREE BRITISH COUNCIL EVENT: Supporting the development of international strategies

Are you an international director or international partnership development professional working at a Welsh university?

The British Council Higher Education team is hosting an event in Cardiff on Thursday, 26 October along with invited partners Universities UK International (UUKi) and the Department for International Trade (DIT).

British Council promises a programme of essential insight and analysis on current activities aimed at supporting your university’s international strategy and agenda. The workshop will also be an opportunity for discussion with British Council’s higher education team and colleagues from partner organisations.

If you are interested in learning more about opportunities for future engagement and new trends, please join the workshop in Cardiff later this month. The deadline for registration has been extended to Thursday, 19 October to give even more of you an opportunity to take part in the workshop.


TEF specification and lessons learned report published

The UK government’s Department for Education has now published the TEF specification now called the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework. The full lessons learned report has also been published.


Universities Wales gives evidence to the Economy, Infrastructure and Skills Committee

selling wales inquiryProfessor Iwan Davies (Swansea University), Angharad Thomas (Bangor University) and Amanda Wilkinson (Universities Wales) appeared before the National Assembly’s Economy, Infrastructure and Skills Committee on Wednesday. As part of the committee’s consultation on “Selling Wales to the World“, the session will inform the committee’s final report about helping to sell Wales abroad in the areas of trade, tourism and education. Our panel members underlined the importance of universities working with all areas of government and reported on the progress made so far with the Global Wales partnership. They also suggested that Wales could consider a student scholarship scheme to promote Welsh higher education to the world, and that universities and government could draw up a strategy to better target and engage with alumni abroad.


What next for EU infrastructure funding?

On Wednesday, Beth attended the Public Policy Exchange event on ‘EU Infrastructure funding post-Brexit- Preparing for funding cuts and developing successful infrastructure programmes’. The event bought together UK stakeholders to discuss potential scenarios that national, regional and local authorities will face post-Brexit, and identify and consider alternative infrastructure financing mechanisms and investment models to fund the UK infrastructure agenda in the absence of EU funding.

Beth promoted the vital importance of infrastructure funds for Wales, and particularly, for the Welsh higher education sector, as well as highlighting the important role HEIs in Wales already and should continue to play in delivering the aims of infrastructural funding streams.


Building a Brighter Future in Tech – 23rd October – Techniquest Cardiff

The Welsh Government has teamed up with Codez Academy to host an event to help those looking to change careers, work around family life or gain new skills to operate in a digital world. It will be a combination of group activity and discussions, as well as providing people with a chance to hear directly from people who work in tech.

The event is aimed at adults (over 16s) and is attempting to show the career pathways available in Tech to a more diverse audience.

You can find out more about the event here and register your place here.


Civic Mission Summit, Cardiff, 25 October 2017

Welsh Government is holding a Civic Mission Summit on 25 October 2017, hosted by Cardiff University, which will offer universities in Wales an opportunity to highlight their civic mission work and demonstrate their engagement with the civic mission agenda. The Cabinet Secretary for Education, Kirsty Williams AM, will be speaking at the event and participating in a panel discussion on civic mission.

Registration for the event is open here.


Wales welcomes delegates from the Philippines

UWTSD PhilippinesUniversities have been welcoming a delegation from the Philippines this week. The delegation – representing a consortium of universities from Manila – met with representatives from the British Council, Universities Wales, QAA and UUK, and visited Cardiff Met University, Cardiff University, University of Wales Trinity Saint David and Aberystwyth University, along with Cardiff and Vale College. The aim of the visit was to explore potential areas of collaboration between the Philippines’ HE universities and the Welsh HE sector.


Political Update

  • Representatives from Universities Wales appeared before the Economy, Infrastructure and Skills Committee earlier this week to give evidence to their inquiry into Selling Wales to the World. A webcast is available here.
  • Specialist executive financial services recruitment company, Hamlyn Williams, is creating 100 new graduate jobs in Cardiff thanks to backing from the Welsh Government.
  • The Minister for Skills and Science claimed earlier this week that Knowledge Transfer Partnerships are bringing direct benefits to businesses by helping improve their competitiveness and productivity.