Universities Wales Weekly Wrap Up – 31 August 2018

Vacancy: Market Development Manager, Global Wales (Cardiff)
£30,654 – £39,631

This Market Development Manager post sits within Universities Wales and reports to the organisation’s Programme Manager for the Global Wales II programme.

Global Wales II is a three-year programme led by Universities Wales. It serves to boost Wales’ profile as a partner of choice and study destination through presenting a joined-up view of our higher education system in priority markets. Global Wales aims to: i) sustain and grow HE’s existing export contribution; ii) diversify the international student body in Wales; iii) boost Wales’ profile in key overseas markets.

The post holder will be responsible for delivering Global Wales’ strategy in priority markets, including the United States and the partnership’s new markets, and will work with the Marketing Manager to deliver the Study in Wales brand in those markets.

This post is a 3-year secondment opportunity.

Closing date: 2 September 2018
Interviews will take place on Tuesday 11 September 2018.
Further details:


Innovate UK

Clean Growth Innovation Summit – Technologies of the Future
16th October, County Hall, London SE1 7GL

Innovate UK invite you to the Clean Growth Innovation Summit on 16thOctober. It forms part of the Green Great Britain Week led by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, taking place during the week commencing 15 October.
The summit, themed ‘Technologies of the future’, will showcase the best of UK clean-tech innovations alongside presentations from thought-leaders, one-on-one innovation support surgery as well as opportunities for networking.

The event will bring together over 300 delegates from government, small and medium sized businesses, civil society, investors and media to discuss the future of innovation and the UK’s economy. It is organised by Innovate UK on behalf of UK Research and Innovation together with the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, Knowledge Transfer Network, Climate KIC and National Physical Laboratory.

Don’t miss out, there are limited spaces at this event – register now.


NUS Wales statement on student finance

In response to recent press coverage on the new student finance arrangements in Wales, NUS Wales issued the following statement. If you need any information on finance for Welsh students please see the Student Finance Wales website

NUS Wales tweet

Political Update

  • Welsh Labour leader candidate Mark Drakeford has said this week that it is too early to back second EU poll. Other leadership hopefuls – Vaughan Gething, Eluned Morgan, Huw Irranca-Davies and Alun Davies – back a vote on Brexit’s final terms.
  • Plaid Cymru leadership hopeful Adam Price has outlined this week his ‘economic masterplan for Wales’ which includes: a national infrastructure company; a new development bank; job guarantee; and a publicly owned Welsh energy company.
  • Opposition parties have asked for greater transparency over reports on Welsh Government cabinet meetings, following publication of the latest cabinet meeting minutes, 10 July, which had fewer than 100 words.
  • Welsh Government has published the outcome of their consultation into Support for doctoral study. The Welsh Government undertook consultation on the proposal to support students ordinarily resident in Wales and EU students studying in Wales who are undertaking designated courses leading to the award of a doctoral qualification. This document summarises the key themes from the responses received to that consultation and provides the Welsh Government response.
  • The National Assembly Economy, Infrastructure and Skills Committee found that the four police forces in Wales are unable to access funding to take on apprentices despite contributing around £2 million per year to UK Government’s Apprenticeship Levy.
  • National Assembly consultations are also running on a range of areas including:  Research and innovation in Wales (until 12/10/2018); Supporting and promoting the Welsh Language(until 14/09/2018); Priorities for the Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee (until 08/10/2018); Compulsory Purchase (until 12/09/2018); Microplastic inquiry (until 21/09/2018); Welsh Government Draft Budget Proposals 2019-20 (until 12/09/2018); Dentistry in Wales (until 31/08/2018); The status of the Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification (until 20/09/2018).
  • Members Research Services have published a Research Briefing: Brexit Monitoring Report: Environment (9 May – 12 July).

The Conversation showcase: Highlighting the latest work by academics at Welsh universities

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