Universities Wales Weekly Wrap Up – 27 November 2015

European Funding and Development Innovation in Wales

2015 is the European Year for Development, an opportunity to raise awareness and increase understanding and engagement in development. Please find below details of an event, co-hosted by the European Commission Office in Wales, Cardiff University-Phoenix Project, Hub Cymru Africa and Bond, which will take place on Wednesday 2nd December 2015, at the Temple of Peace Cathays Park, Cardiff from 13.00 – 17.00.

Stacey Vickers, Team Leader of the Press and Social Media at the for DG International Cooperation and Development at the European Commission will be talking to us about the European Year of Development and funding.

There will also be a ‘market place’ at the event, which will showcase innovative projects that are tackling development challenges using new technology or adapted designs in order to address current problems.  The Market Place will be showcasing innovative projects from; Giakonda who have been developing Raspberry Pi IT Technology in Zambia, Saddle Aid who are developing the Donkey Ambulance using specially made saddles to transport women who go into labour in Ethiopia, and the Paper Furniture Project who work in Kenya.

The Cardiff University Phoenix Project will be discussing their link with Nambia and experience of partnership.

Lunch will be served at 1.00pm for all attendees. If you would like to attend this event you can register here.

Update on International Activity

Work on GREAT Campaign funded activity continues with a Study in Wales reception planned for 3rd February 2016 in the UK Ambassador’s Residence in Washington DC. The event will be jointly hosted by the British Deputy Head of Mission in DC and the Head of North America for Welsh Government. The aim will be to promote the Study in Wales brand and to celebrate the research and educational partnerships between Wales and the US. Welsh Government and UKTI will be inviting their local contacts from business, politics and the broader Welsh diaspora. Universities Wales is working with institutions to invite US partners and Welsh alumni. Study in Wales will also have a presence at two postgraduate fairs in Washington DC and New York the same week.

Universities Wales is also a partner in Visit Wales’ GREAT funded project to promote Wales as a destination in European cities that have direct route to Cardiff airport. Funding has been made available for a similar ‘Study in Wales’ event to take place in Paris (currently scheduled for the 24 or 25th February) with a view to increasing mobility of staff and students between Paris and Wales.

HEFCW’s 2015-16 public meeting

HEFCW will be hosting their 2015/16 public meeting on Thursday 21 January 2016 at the Open University in Wales, Cardiff, from 9:30am to 10:30am (tea and coffee from 9:00am).

HEFCW will be launching Higher Education for the Nation ii and discussing recent developments affecting higher education in Wales, including HEFCW’s enhanced role as HE regulator. The meeting will include a Q&A session with HEFCW’s Chair and Chief Executive.

If you would like to attend, please email or phone 029 2068 2225 and let them know about any specific requirements you might have. Location: The Open University in Wales, 18 Custom House Street, Cardiff, CF10 1AP