Universities Wales Weekly Wrap Up – 16 June 2017

The Wales Festival of Innovation

From Mon 19th to Fri 30th June 2017, the Wales Festival of Innovation is set to showcase innovation here in Wales through a number of events, run by companies and academia. It will provide innovators with the opportunity to network with industry experts, showcase their products and services to potential customers and members of the public from across Wales and beyond.

For a full list of all the events go to or follow on twitter @WFoInnovation

Inspire! Award winners

The Learning and Work Institute Wales’ Inspire Awards took place this week ahead of Adult Learners’ Week next week. Laura Harris, who is currently enrolled at the University of South Wales, was named Overall Learner of the Year. See here for the full results and to read their inspiring stories.

International Women in Engineering Day

Next week sees the annual celebration of International Women in Engineering Day – a day to focus attention on the amazing careers in engineering and technical roles for girls, and to celebrate the achievements of outstanding women engineers.

Swansea University’s College of Engineering is hosting a day of events, including a keynote speech from La-Chun Lindsay, Managing Director of GE Aviation Wales.

You can find out more here or follow #IWED17 on twitter.


Unis Wales update

This week we have been preparing ahead of next week’s announcement from Welsh Government of a Post Compulsory Education and Training Consultation (following the Hazelkorn Review).

We attended the Higher Education Academy in Wales annual conference at Cardiff Metropolitan University which, at the request of our PVC Learning and Teaching Advisory Group, focussed on activities to support and develop pedagogies for social mobility. We also contributed to a fascinating symposium organised by the Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research, Data & Methods (WISERD) on their current research project – Do universities create better citizens? – the social value of participating in higher education.


Political update

  • First Minister Carwyn Jones has launched an updated version of the Welsh Government’s policy paper on Brexit and devolution, with proposals including the creation of a convention on the future of the United Kingdom. The First Minister also issued a written statement, reiterating that “powers already devolved to Wales will remain devolved after EU exit unless the UK government specifically legislates to change our devolution settlement. Any such move would be wholly unacceptable.”
  • Education Secretary Kirsty Williams has announced three appointments to The Education Workforce Council: Teacher Education Accreditation Committee, which will be known as ‘the board’ and will accredit individual Initial Teacher Education (ITE) programmes.
  • Plaid Cymru MP for Dwyfor Meirionnydd, Liz Saville Roberts has been selected to lead her party’s Westminster group.