Universities Wales Weekly Wrap Up – 17 August 2018

Vacancy – Communications Policy Officer (Cardiff) £31,420-£36,022

The post holder will be responsible for developing communications and assist in the development of the public affairs strategy, identifying targeted communications projects aimed at raising the profile of universities in Wales, based on the strategic campaigns identified. The post holder will also work in collaboration with colleagues to support the Universities Wales communications group and make an active contribution in ensuring that Universities Wales, as the voice of Welsh universities, is effective and authoritative in influencing decisions affecting higher education. The post holder will report to the Policy Advisor.

This is a twelve month fixed-term position.

Closing date 22 August 2018
Interviews will take place on Monday 10 September 2018.

Further details:

Market Development Manager, Global Wales (Cardiff) £30,654 – £39,631

This Market Development Manager post sits within Universities Wales and reports to the organisation’s Programme Manager for the Global Wales II programme.

Global Wales II is a three-year programme led by Universities Wales. It serves to boost Wales’ profile as a partner of choice and study destination through presenting a joined-up view of our higher education system in priority markets. Global Wales aims to: i) sustain and grow HE’s existing export contribution; ii) diversify the international student body in Wales; iii) boost Wales’ profile in key overseas markets. The post holder will be responsible for delivering Global Wales’ strategy in priority markets, including the United States and the partnership’s new markets, and will work with the Marketing Manager to deliver the Study in Wales brand in those markets.

This post is a 3-year secondment opportunity.

Closing date 2 September 2018
Interviews will take place on Tuesday 11 September 2018.

Further details:

Universities UK is committed to being an equal opportunities employer and we welcome applications from all sections of the community

Industry 4.0 – the future of Wales

Industry 4.0 – the future of WalesThe National Assembly for Wales’ Economy, Infrastructure and Skills Committee today published the report from their inquiry on automation and AI: Industry 4.0 – the future of Wales (English/Welsh). This report is a beginning rather than an end to the Committee’s inquiry. It has sought to raise awareness of some key ideas and concepts, and engage a discussion about how Wales is preparing for 4.0. This report makes recommendations to the government, but it also poses six questions for all of us with an interest in Wales’ economic prosperity. The Committee will be doing further work in this area to pursue these. We would like to thank all those from our institutions that gave evidence and contributed to this inquiry and we look forward to working with the Committee in its further work in this area.

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Congratulations to students who have collected their A-level results and are now looking forward to a rewarding higher education experience.

As usual there has been a lot of media coverage of our universities around A-level results day. We were particularly pleased to see the Cab Sec for Education, Kirsty Williams, promoting the distinctive ‘Welsh Offer’: “Welsh universities came top of the student satisfaction survey this year scoring an amazing 85%. So if you want great teaching and a fabulous experience then why not consider studying at one of Wales’ universities.”

For students who are still undecided about their options, or maybe did not get the grades they had hoped for, all universities in Wales are providing places through clearing and there are advisers waiting to discuss the best options open to them. Please see our website for further information on clearing.


Political Update

  • Bangor University will benefit from a further £2.8 million of EU funding for a new science and innovation hub to boost Wales’s shellfish industry, Finance Secretary Mark Drakeford announced earlier this week.
  • Education Secretary Kirsty Williams has congratulated students receiving their A-level and Welsh Baccalaureate results this week. Meanwhile, the Assembly’s research team has published a briefing on the results in Wales.
  • The latest statistics on the Education Maintenance Allowance and student support applications for higher education have been released.


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