Universities Wales Weekly Wrap Up – 29 May 2015

Study in Wales Website launched

Universities Wales have partnered with British Council Wales, Welsh Government and Visit Wales to promote the Welsh HE sector internationally. The ‘Study in Wales’ brand was officially launched at the NAFSA conference in Boston this week and the new website is now live.  To see more about the launch please follow @StudyWales and #StudyInWales on twitter. 

Queens’s Speech

Have you read the briefing paper on the possible impact that the Queen’s speech may have on higher education? Key points include the EU referendum bill that will offer a vote on the future membership of the EU in a ‘should we stay or should we go’ type set-up? What about the Wales Bill that is due to be published in the Autumn? Check out the Unis Wales briefing paper here  

Welsh Government – Student Finance Wales Information Notice

The Department for Education and Skills have published an information notice (SFWIN 02/2015) setting out technical changes to the Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) Wales Scheme and Welsh Government Learning Grant (Further Education) Wales Scheme for academic year 2015/16. The schemes are currently being drafted and will include the technical changes detailed in this document. 

Report – The Higher Education Academy report of the GPA pilot project 2013-14

The HEA have published a report providing information and advice to the UK higher education sector on the potential adoption of a national grade point average (GPA). The pilot study included 21 diverse providers and concluded from the evidence that introducing a GPA system would have benefits to UK higher education.  Further information and the full report can be found here. 

Event Reminder – CoInnovate: Building Partnerships, Driving Innovation – 23/24 June 2015

On 23-24 June 2015, CoInnovate are running a free two-day conference on collaborative innovation in Cardiff. In the first event of its kind, CoInnovate 2015 merges an open innovation conference with engaging workshops – two days where innovators, academics, investors and businesses from startups to corporates will come together to share best practices, pitch inspiring technologies and explore real business-led challenges presented by successful multinationals, including; Airbus, GE Healthcare and General Dynamics UK. Further information and registration can be found here.