Universities Wales Weekly Wrap Up – 27 May 2016

EU Referendum debate

NUS Wales and Universities Wales held a debate last Wednesday at The University of South Wales to discuss the impact of a ‘Brexit’ on students and universities in Wales.

The debate gave audience members the opportunity to listen to the arguments around the remain and leave campaigns and to ask probing questions of the panel made up of academics and student representatives. The event was chaired by Tom Griffin of University of South Wales and the panel was made up of Beth Button, President NUS Wales and Professor John Grattan, Acting Vice-Chancellor Aberystwyth University for ‘Remain’ and Professor Kent Matthews, Professor of Banking and Finance, Cardiff University and Alex Moscovici, Chair of Students for Britain Cardiff for ‘Leave’.

If you would like to follow how the debate played out on Twitter the hashtag was #EduDebate or read the Storify here.

Study in Wales: NAFSA 2016

Universities Wales will be attending the annual NAFSA (Association of International Educators) Conference in Denver, Colorado from the 31st May – 3rd June. With over 12,000 participants from across the globe, NAFSA provides a great opportunity for universities to meet with existing and potential new partners to consolidate and build on international activities. Universities Wales will be joined by colleagues from Aberystwyth, Bangor, Cardiff, Cardiff Metropolitan and Swansea Universities as well as the University of South Wales and the University of Wales Trinity Saint David. The Study in Wales presence at this year’s NAFSA will include a stand at the exhibition hall, a presentation on the Welsh offer and a reception for Welsh university partners. For more information, please contact Gwen (

Fair admissions case studies

A gentle reminder that SPA are seeking mini case studies demonstrating how universities and colleges have developed good practice and fair admissions, recently or at any time over the last 10 years.

Such examples could include improved engagement with applicants; clearer admissions policies; more efficient IT/processes; new selection methods; enhanced staff development in admissions; how you have responded to national policy or legal changes.  SPA are looking for something short, using the headings below.

  1. Your name, role, institution and email
  2. Please describe your good practice example (activity/ policy/ procedure etc.)  and your rationale for undertaking this development (around 300 words)
  3. How effective has the activity/policy/ procedure been?
  4. What evidence have you gathered to measure impact, and what were the lessons learned?

Your examples will be showcased at the national conference, details of which are included below. Please respond by Tuesday 31 May.

Register for SPA’s national conference – Thursday 14 June 2016, Woburn House, London

Bookings are going well for SPA’s national conference on fair admissions in a competitive environment, with the majority of places now filled.

This event, celebrating ten years of SPA, will focus on the opportunities and challenges for fair admissions in the competitive environment of higher education in the UK. It is open to all staff involved in admissions and related areas. Stakeholders with an interest in fair admissions are also welcome to attend. The cost to attend is £100 plus VAT, with discounts for team bookings available.

Further details and booking at: Bookings will close on Monday 6 June, or sooner if all places are filled.

Welsh Government stakeholder engagement event -Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

Welsh Government will be holding a stakeholder engagement event on the next steps in the development of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) on 29 June 2016, at City Hall Cardiff, 10.30am – 3.30 pm.

Further information and enquiries to by 27 May 2016.