Universities Wales Weekly Wrap Up – 25 September 2015

Research – School and local authority areas and participation in higher education. 

Welsh school pupils’ chances of getting into university vary dramatically according to the school they attend and the local authority in which it is situated, irrespective of their individual educational attainment, according to a new report from Cardiff University’s Wales Institute of Social & Economic Research, Data & Methods (WISERD).

Pupils attending schools with strong records of higher education participation were almost three times as likely to participate in higher education compared with those at schools with average levels of higher education participation, regardless of their educational attainment, socio-economic or ethnic background.  More information and a link to the full report can be found here

Horizon 2020 Information Day – 16th November 2015

Following publication of the 2016-17 Work Programmes for Horizon 2020 in the autumn, ESRC and other UK National Contact Points (who provide guidance on Horizon 2020) will be running a series of information days around the UK.

REIS (Research, Engagement and Innovation Services) at Swansea University will be hosting one of these events at 12:30pm on Monday 16th November in the Taliesin.  The event will promote the new Work Programmes and provide information about the calls, as well as some helpful advice on applying to the European research framework.  The event will cover the following areas of Horizon 2020:

▶ Societal Challenge 6: Europe in a Changing World: Inclusive, innovative and reflective societies

▶ Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation

▶ Embedding Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) across Horizon 2020

Registration is now open and can be found at:

Excellent Research in the UK, and membership of the EU

Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz, Vice Chancellor of the University of Cambridge warned that the UK could lose its leading role in globally recognised research if it pulled out of the EU.  Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz, made his comments during an event held at the University of Cambridge on 24th September.  Speaking at the event, “Excellent research in the UK: Do we need the EU?” Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz said:

“Even more than the funding, it is society, and society’s needs, that are the drivers that keep us going forward. In today’s competitive world we cannot stand alone.” He added: “Under Horizon 2020 we did something that was special. Europe made a statement to the whole world that it is going to be tackling global problems which are not just of petty interest in Cambridge, or East Anglia, or in the United Kingdom, but ones that will make a difference to the world – the world I am going to leave behind for my granddaughters.” Being inside Europe allowed the UK to help shape policy said the Chancellor, adding: “I’d rather we stay in the boat, trying to shape and to lead research policy in Europe, than to stay on the side-lines picking up scraps.”

The speech came at the start of the event which was organised by the European Parliament Information Office, the UK Higher Education International Unit, Universities UK, and the University of Cambridge.  The Vice Chancellors were joined by Conservative MEP Vicky Ford and other high profile academics and industry representatives.

Lecture – “Harnessing the power of science for business” – a keynote lecture on the future of technology in industry, Monday 26th October

Rt Hon Lord Drayson, biotech entrepreneur, former UK Science Minister and architect of Britain’s Defence Industrial Strategy will be delivering this lecture on Monday 26th October 2015, having opened the University of South Wales’ Power Systems Laboratory and received an honorary Doctorate of Science of the University earlier in the day.  The lecture will take place at the Aerospace Centre at the University of South Wales Pontypridd Campus.  Entry is free but registration is required – please will be a reception at 5.15pm followed by the lecture at 6.00pm.