Universities Wales Weekly Wrap Up – 15 April 2016


Event: Academia Europaea Annual Conference 2016

The Annual Conference 2016 of the Academia Europaea will be hosted by Cardiff University on 26th-30th June and is open to all.  The varied programme includes a debate on Scientific Advice Mechanisms, mini-symposia on topics such as the reproducibility of research, migration and identity, and brain projects.  A highlight is the Erasmus Lecture, to be given by the Astronomer Royal, Lord Rees of Ludlow.

The Academia Europaea is an international association of leading scientists and scholars from all disciplines, elected by their peers.   Hubs operate in Barcelona, Wroclaw and Bergen and have been recently joined by Cardiff.  Based at Cardiff University,  the Knowledge Hub will showcase the excellence of European research and its role in policy building, as well as fostering academic networks across Wales, the rest of the UK, and the Republic of Ireland.

The full programme for the Conference and registration details are available here.


National Assembly for Wales Committee legacy reports

The following are recently published Committee legacy reports from the National Assembly for Wales, which make recommendations for the next Assembly:

Children Young People and Education Committee

Enterprise and Business Committee

Constitutional and Legislative Affairs Committee

Finance Committee


Higher Education Governance (Scotland) Act 2016

This Bill which legislates in particular in relation to the composition and election/nomination procedures of governing bodies and academic boards, including the position of senior lay members, received its Royal Assent on 13 April 2016 (see here).  For comment on the Bill as passed by Universities Scotland see here.


2016 National Student Survey data

HEFCW has provided information on the release of NSS data for 2016 and next steps in the process in its circular W16/11HE, published on 13 April 2016 (see here).  This includes publication of the data for the general public on 10 August 2016.