Universities Wales Weekly Wrap Up – 20 January 2017

The Hindu’s ‘Wales as a knowledge hub’

We welcomed The Hindu Deputy Editor Soma Basu to Wales in November 2016. As well as attending the First Minister’s speech at Bangor University, she visited a number of universities around Wales. Her first Wales article, Wales as a knowledge hubappeared on the front page of The Hindu’s Education Plus supplement on 16 January.


Go International 2017: In for the count

The annual UK conference on outward mobility will take place in April 2017. This year’s focus will be on participation rates and good practice in expanding activities to underrepresented groups, subjects, activities and destinations. More.


NUS Wales Awards – nominations open

NUS Wales Conference 2017 is just around the corner (in Llandudno, 14-15 March 2017).

On the first evening of Conference, they will be hosting the NUS Wales Awards 2017.

These awards are an opportunity for Students’ Unions to win national recognition for the extraordinary things they do on a daily basis. There are prizes for Students’ Unions, officials and staff in further and higher education, across all your activities, campaigns and diversity of enterprise and opportunity to students.

This year, we have the following categories, and they are very keen to receive your nominations:

  • Campaigns Award
  • Diversity Award
  • Education Award
  • Officer Team of the Year Award
  • Staff Member of the Year Award
  • Student Opportunities Award
  • Further Education Students’ Union Award
  • Higher Education Students’ Union Award

To submit a nomination, please visit the Awards Hub. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact them at

All nominations must be submitted online by 5pm on 24 February 2017.


The Learned Society Wales – medal nominations open

The Call for nominations for the Menelaus, Dillwyn, Frances Hoggan and the new Hugh Owen 2016/17 medals are now open until 1 March 2017.

Please see here for more information and nomination forms.


Wise Wales’ HE Course Rep Conference

Course Reps from across Wales are invited to take part in training sessions and share best practise, with sessions ran by Wise Wales staff and representatives from Students’ Unions at Wrexham Glyndwr on the 8th of February.

In addition, Student Union and University staff responsible for student engagement and student voice are invited to the meeting of the Higher Education Staff Partnership Network that is happening alongside the conference. Representatives from HEFCW, Colegau Cymru, NUS Wales and Students Unions will be leading sessions on the challenges and opportunities facing student engagement staff in Wales.

The link to register for the event can be found here.


Unis Wales Update

This week has seen a lot of Brexit-related work: attending the Welsh Government’s working group and considering possible future scenarios. We have also been catching up with the QAA colleagues in Wales on all things quality related and we are continuing to work on our response to the Welsh Government’s consultation on their response to the Diamond Review.