Universities Wales Weekly Wrap Up – 22 April 2016

NRW MOUWelsh universities and Natural Resources Wales lead the way in partnership working

On Tuesday 19 April, the Chair of Universities Wales and Chief Executive of Natural Resources Wales (NRW) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) committing to collaboration and cooperation between their organisations.

The memorandum records the understanding of NRW and Wales’ universities to work together to enhance the delivery of mutual objectives and make the best use of available resources by sharing knowledge and information. This will cover a wide range of areas, including training and learning opportunities for NRW staff, workplace experience for students, developing business and innovation and sharing equipment and facilities.

For more information see our press release.


SPA’s national conference – 14 June 2016

Booking is open for SPA’s national conference on fair admissions in a competitive environment. The event will focus on the opportunities and challenges for fair admissions in the competitive environment of higher education in the UK.

The event is open to all staff involved in admissions and related areas, and SPA is encouraging HE providers to send more than one member of staff. Stakeholders with an interest in fair admissions are also welcome to attend.

The event will take place at Woburn House in central London, and the cost to attend is £100 plus VAT. Discounts for team bookings are available. Further details and booking at:

SPA presentations from UCAS admissions conference

SPA ran several breakout sessions at the UCAS admissions conference in March. The presentations from the sessions are available on the SPA website. You can get in touch here for more information.

Universities UK response to Lords report on impact of EU membership on UK science

Universities UK responded on Wednesday to a House of Lords Science and Technology Select Committee report looking at the impact of EU membership on UK science.  One of the report’s conclusions is that the UK is a leading voice in the development of EU science policy, but could lose this strategic influence in the event of a vote to leave.  The committee’s inquiry found also that the UK is one of the EU’s top performers in terms of securing competitive funding streams awarded on the basis of research excellence.  The Committee’s report also looked at ‘alternative scenarios’, considering what UK science might look like in the event of Brexit.  Dame Julia Goodfellow, President of Universities UK and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Kent, who gave evidence to the committee, said: “The UK would lose influence on EU science policy in the event of a vote to leave. This would be bad for the EU, and it would be bad for the UK.  Membership of the EU allows UK and European researchers to pool their resources, expertise and data to achieve more together than they could do alone. It is good for our universities and good for the science and research that improves people’s lives. Outside the EU, we risk cutting ourselves off from unique support and networks and undermining the UK’s position as a global leader in science and innovation. The evidence shows that our universities and research are significantly stronger within the EU.”