Universities Wales Weekly Wrap Up – 24 April 2015

Manifestos for the General Election 2015 – Higher Education Policies

Ahead of the General Election 2015, Universities Wales has summarised the higher education policies for Wales in the main parties’ manifestos which can be found on our website.

Universities UK have also published a UK-wide briefing which can be found here. This includes a thematic summary of the policy commitments which could impact upon universities made by political parties in manifestos and other documents prior to the 2015 General Election, with some commentary on implications of cross-party deals which may be required in the event of a hung parliament. (Note: At the point of writing, the Scottish National Party was the only major party yet to publish a manifesto).

Event – Supporting Professionalism in Admissions – The Applicant Experience and Transition to HE.

The SPA Programme is hosting an event on The Applicant Experience and Transition to HE.  The event will be held on Tuesday12 May 2015 at Swansea University, in the Margam Buildings, Singleton Park, Swansea SA2 8PP. 

The aim is to bring together admissions staff, planners and those involved in widening access, to discuss how smart working and good practice can support the applicant experience strategy, and in particular transition to HE in Wales.

The event is free to attend, and will be of interest to staff involved in admissions, widening access and outreach, planning and student recruitment, as well as those with a role in transition, enrolment and the wider student experience. You can book for this event at

Conference – Implementing the new Prevent statutory duty: understanding expectations and ensuring compliance – 22 June 2015, London

From 1 July 2015 all higher education institutions will have a legal obligation to comply with the new Prevent statutory duty introduced by the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015. The duty will require institutions to have due regard to the need to prevent individuals from being drawn into terrorism.

Institutions will be expected to undertake risk assessments, develop action plans, foster positive working relationships with students unions and ensure cohesive partnership working with relevant external organisations such as the police, local authorities and community groups. The expectation is that they will also be expected to have in place effective external speaker protocols.

A one day UUK conference is being held which will explore the new requirement and provide institutions with the information they need to understand what is expected of them. The event will also impart information on the current security threat and the new monitoring and assessment framework that will be in place to assess compliance with the duty.

For further details and to register please click here.

New appointments to the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales

On 21 April 2015, the Minister for Education and Skills confirmed that Dr Arun Midha and Dr Colin Wyatt will both be joining the Council during April 2015.