Universities Wales Weekly Wrap Up 21 November 2014

Publications – WHELF action plan 
The Wales Higher Education Libraries Forum (WHELF) has published its Action Plan for 2014-15. It can be downloaded from the WHELF website. Please direct any queries to Rachael Whitfield (

Appointments – HEFCW Council members
The Welsh Government is advertising for two new Council members for the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW). Details are available on the Welsh Government website. The closing date is 12 December 2014.

Update – HE (Wales) Bill
Breakdown of committee members voting in relation to the Higher Education Wales Bill has been published from the Children, Young People and Education Committee (Thursday, 13 November). To view voting of members click here: members voting.

National Assembly for Wales Plenary
The Minister for Education & Skills took oral questions in Plenary on the 19/11/14. One question worthy of specific note being a question asked from Angela Burns AM (Con) surrounding tariff admission differences between England and Wales. The Minister responded: “I read the article [in the Western Mail], as many will have done, and I think that the interpretation that was drawn from it is fraught with difficulty in terms of direct comparison. The Welsh higher education community, and the number of institutions, is, of course, much smaller than the offer that appears across the border, with literally hundreds of institutions and a much more diverse offer in terms of higher education. So, I think that these difficulties are rather like comparing apples and pears.” To read further see: Plenary Record of Proceedings.

News – Go Wales
The Higher Education Funding Council for Wales has announced that it has had to bring the Graduate Opportunities Wales scheme to an end after European funding has come to an end. The scheme helped employ over 8,000 graduates during its 11 years.

News – Possible Industrial Action in Colleges
College Unions in Wales will face a ballot over industrial action after an announcement from the Welsh Government that it was cutting a further £26 million from the post-16 education budget.