Universities Wales Weekly Wrap Up – 31 July 2015

News – Universities UK launches campaign to back Britain’s membership of the EU

On Monday 27 July, UUK officially launched their campaign to highlight how the UK’s membership of the European Union enhances university research and education and in turn benefits British people, the economy and our society. The launch event included speeches from the shadow business secretary, Chuka Umunna, and pro-European Conservative MP Damian Green. Information about the event and campaign can be found on UUK’s new ‘Universities for Europe’ website:

News – Changes at the QAA

QAA announced on Monday that the Australian government has appointed Anthony McClaran to lead the Tertiary Education Quality Standards Agency (TEQSA) from 12 October this year.  QAA issued a statement to coincide with the announcement being made by the Australian government. The search for a new chief executive has already begun and that Douglas Blackstock, currently Chief Operating Officer at the QAA, has agreed to be Interim Chief Executive following Anthony’s departure. 

Consultation – IU Stakeholder Survey

The UK Higher Education International Unit (IU) is keen to get universities’ views on the work of the IU and how it benefits the UK higher education sector.  The deadline for responses is the 13th August 2015.  You can access the survey here.  If you have any queries or questions about this survey please contact Vikki Challen, Head of External Affairs,

Publication – HEFCW Circular – Open Access in the next REF: Policy Adjustments and Qualifications

HEFCW Circular W15/18HE published this week announces some adjustments to the UK higher education funding bodies’ open access policy for the next Research Excellence Framework (REF). These adjustments are intended to provide flexibility to support institutions in achieving compliance.

Publication – Student Mobility 2013-14

Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) data relating to student mobility in the 2013/14 academic year has been analysed by the Go International team at the UK HE International Unit. An overview of the findings, which includes a regional breakdown, top subjects and destinations as well as profile of mobile students can be accessed here.

Event – Transnational Education Conference, 7 October 2015, Woburn House, London

With almost 640,000 students registered for UK study through TNE routes according to the 13/14 HESA numbers, predictions that TNE would be the most substantial growth element for UK HEI’s international recruitment are coming true. This conference will explore the strategic vision(s) for TNE and UK higher education – what are the key issues for the sector and for your institution to enhance your international impact through TNE? This conference is run in partnership between Universities UK and the UK HE International Unit.  For more information and booking please click here.

Event – Excellent Research in the UK: Do we need the EU? – 24 September 2015, University of Cambridge

UK universities are world-renowned for their research excellence, attracting talent from across Europe and beyond. What role does the EU play in supporting ground-breaking research, discoveries and inventions, and how much do our universities need EU funding and support to remain at the cutting edge?

The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge, Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz, local MEPs, academics and industry chiefs will discuss the relationship between the European Union and excellent research in the UK.  For more information and booking please click here.