Universities Wales Weekly Wrap Up – 22 September 2017

#EUFundsCymru Competition 2017

Celebrating 60 years of the European Social Fund #ESF60

A competition has been launched to recognise the success of individuals whose lives have been transformed thanks to EU funding in Wales.  Applications are invited in the categories of:

  • Best Individual achievement (aged 25+ years – ESF projects)
  • Best Individual achievement (aged 11-24 years – ESF projects)
  • Best application of cross cutting themes into an EU project (all projects – ESF & ERDF)

Further information and an application form are available here.

Unis Wales update

Our Policy Advisor, Kieron Rees, was in the Netherlands this week as part of a Welsh Government study visit to learn more about their approach to post-16 education and training. The study visit included meetings with Dutch universities, vocational colleges, schools, sector bodies and the UK’s ambassador to the Netherlands.

Back in Wales, the Unis Wales team met with Welsh Government to discuss the post-compulsory education and training (PCET) white paper consultation, and with Professor Graeme Reid to discuss his Review of Government Funded Research and Innovation in Wales.


Political update

  • The Welsh Government has published ‘Prosperity for All’: a national strategy to deliver its key priorities for the rest of this Assembly term. The 5 key areas which it identifies are: early years, housing, social care, mental health and skills, with proposals relevant to HE including developing further engagement between universities, industry and the NHS; increasing the number of maintenance grants available to students; and developing a new employability plan.
  • Another Brexit-related statement was made on Tuesday, with the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Local Government, Mark Drakeford, presenting the government’s Brexit and Fair Movement of People (16:29) policy document, which was published two weeks ago. The Cabinet Secretary made specific mention of the importance of international staff at universities (16:30).
  • Meanwhile, the Welsh Affairs Committee has re-launched its inquiry into the impact of Brexit on Wales, with a renewed focus on the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill and Trade, as well as agriculture. The closing date for written submissions is 31 October.
  • The Learned Society for Wales has submitted evidence to the Constitutional and Legislative Affairs Committee’s Inquiry into a Stronger Voice for Wales.
  • The National Assembly for Wales’s Research Service has published a series of Brexit-related documents, including: