Universities Wales Weekly Wrap Up – 4 December 2015


Universities Wales launches its manifesto ‘asks’

On Monday 30th Nov, Unis Wales launched our manifesto ‘asks’ for the future Welsh Government ahead of next year’s National Assembly for Wales elections. Delivering for Wales – The higher education priorities for the future Welsh Government, presents what we believe should be the six fundamental commitments to universities for the future Welsh Government. The full manifesto can be found here.



Tuesday 1st December saw the start of our twitter campaign – the #12AsksOfChristmas.

Over the first 12 (working!) days of December we’ll be featuring our ‘asks’ for the future Welsh Government from our manifesto, interspersed with some great examples from our Welsh Universities of why we’re making these ‘asks’! Visit the website every day to or follow the hashtag on twitter.


NEWS – Maxine Penlington OBE has been unveiled as the new chair of Glyndŵr University’s Board of Governors

Maxine Penlington is the former Chief Operating Officer at Birmingham City University and was also previously Executive Secretary at the CUC (Committee of University Chairs).

With more than 30 years’ experience in the administration and management of universities in London and the Midlands she plans to draw on that to support the executive team at Glyndŵr as it prepares to unveil a new Vice-Chancellor, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Director of Finance in the New Year. “I am confident that the University has a bright future ahead of it and delighted to be in at the beginning as Glyndŵr embarks upon this next exciting phase in its long history,” said Maxine.

“I very much hope to see Glyndŵr consolidate its position as the University of and for north east Wales, supporting the aspirations of individuals, businesses and organisations of all kinds through education and training and the generation and transfer of knowledge. I look forward to supporting its future growth and development.”

Her appointment comes after Trefor Jones CBE, former Lord Lieutenant of Clwyd and current chairman of St Kentigern Hospice, was announced as the University’s new Chancellor.


EVENT RESCHEDULE – HEFCW Fee and access plan guidance consultation event

Please note the HEFCW fee and access plan guidance consultation event scheduled for 15 December has been postponed. The event will be rescheduled to take place early in the New Year.


EVENT – UUK conference on The Higher Education Green Paper, 26 January 2016

The higher education Green Paper, what it means for your institution, is a one-day conference which will give delegates a unique opportunity to debate political, institutional and operational perspectives on key topics raised in the paper. Organised by Universities UK, the day will explore the implications for institutions and will give them the insight and intelligence they need to start future planning.

For a full list of confirmed speakers and to register online please visit


HESA launches Heidi Plus

HESA launched the successor to the HEIDI, the current web-based data service for institutions on 30 November, intended to give users access to more extensive and detailed data sets and greater functionality (see here).