Universities Wales Weekly Wrap Up – 17 March 2017

WISE Celebration of Talented Women

HRH The Princess Royal, Welsh Government, academics, businesses and schools came together earlier this week at the Senedd for the WISE Celebration of Talented Women campaign to boost the number of women studying and working in STEM. Talented Women for a Successful Wales was commissioned by Professor Julie Williams, Chief Scientific Adviser for Wales and the National Assembly for Wales Research Blog also published an article celebrating Welsh women in STEM.


EVENT: How do universities ensure that mobility is for all?

The upcoming Go International conference, on 25 April in London will be looking at how to expand student mobility activities to underrepresented groups, subjects, activities and destinations. Register by 25 April.


EVENT: Finding its place: TNE and student mobility

The HEGlobal programme, on UK HE TNE (transnational education) also has an event on 5 April on TNE and outward student mobility. The day will consider some of the major challenges and opportunities for the flow of UK degrees and people. It will look at where students study, real examples from universities’ TNE and the potential for this to be more flexible with UK universities expanding their portfolios and aspirations. Book your place by 30 March.


EVENT: Improving student retention in the changing higher education landscape

This conference, to be held on 7 June at Woburn House in central London, is a key opportunity to come together with colleagues, hear from policy makers and experts in retention, and examine a range of best practice case studies.

The focus on student retention has been sharpened in recent months by the changes to the higher education landscape. The removal of the cap on student numbers, the discussion around the metrics that will feed into the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) and the changes to the architecture of the sector have brought student retention to the top of the agenda.


Political Update

  • Professors Colin Riordan and Richard Davies represented Universities Wales by giving evidence earlier this week to the External Affairs and Additional Legislation Committee’s inquiry into the impact of Brexit on regional policy. A webcast can be viewed here.
  • Meanwhile, the committee’s first report on the implications of Brexit, which was published back in January, will be debated during next Wednesday’s Plenary session, following the Welsh Government publishing its written response to its recommendations earlier this week.