Universities Wales Weekly Wrap Up – 9 Oct 2015

#LovePartTime campaign

The Open University in Wales has been taking part in a major campaign to shine a spotlight on the hundreds of thousands of students studying part-time around the UK. The campaign asks people to show their support for part-time education and to share their stories using the hashtag #LovePartTime. See twitter for some great examples.



SPA Applicant complaints and appeals good practice – update
The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) advice to HE (March 2015) aimed at helping HE providers comply with their obligations under consumer protection law stressed the need for HE providers to ensure their complaint handling procedures and practices were easy to locate, accessible, clear and fair to applicants and students.  SPA has updated its good practice on applicant complaints and appeals in the light of this advice and the guidance the CMA provided for students, and it’s available on the SPA website.

Download:  Applicant complaints and appeals good practice

HE providers may also find it useful to refer to:



2017 New UCAS Tariff – SPA Considerations for HE Admissions

A reminder that earlier this year SPA produced a list of considerations to support HE providers in assessing and addressing the impacts of the changes to the UCAS Tariff on their recruitment, selection and admissions policies and procedures.

Download: Changes to the UCAS Tariff – SPA considerations for HE admissions.

UCAS has developed a suite of resources to support your implementation plans. These are available in the Providers section of the UCAS website (log-in required).


NAfW Consultation – Consultation: Fourth Assembly Business Committee Legacy

The National Assembly for Wales’ Business Committee wants to hear your views about the work it has undertaken over the past five years, including the structures it has put in place, the procedural reforms it has introduced, and its ways of working. The final report will help inform the successor committee in making a number of key decisions at the start of the Fifth Assembly. To assist with its consideration, the Committee would welcome your views on this subject. The specific consultation questions are available on the Committee’s websiteSubmissions should arrive by 16.00 on Friday 13 November 2015. It may not be possible to take into account responses received after this date.