HEW Weekly Wrap Up 17 April 2014

Happy Easter from all at HEW!

News – Online tool to support postgraduate student choice in higher education

A new website to help UK and international prospective postgraduate students find the right higher education (HE) course is to be developed by the four UK HE funding bodies. The online tool, provisionally called ‘PGT Choices’ will be launched in 2015. It is designed to help postgraduate taught students identify the sorts of questions to ask when deciding what and where to study and to signpost relevant information. The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) website has further details.

Consultation – UCAS – International Admissions Review (IAR) consultation 2014

The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) has published its IAR consultation. It makes 15 recommendations based on feedback to the review from the applicants, advisers, HE providers and stakeholders. The recommendations will have a direct impact on those working in international HE recruitment, admissions and compliance. The consultation closes on 16 June 2014. Please direct any queries to

Publication – NCUB – State of the Relationship 2014

On 14 April 2014, the National Centre for Universities and Business (NCUB) published its first ‘State of the Relationship’ report of collaboration between universities and businesses. The report contains views from NCUB staff and representatives of organisations, including Research Councils UK and HEFCE, and includes case studies from a range of businesses and universities including Rolls Royce, Unilever and Astra Zeneca and a range of Welsh universities.

Publication – Fees Plans 2015/16 – Outcome of consultation on details proposals

The Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW) has published circular W14/13HE which reports on the outcome of the consultation on fee planning 2015/16, prior to the publication of the 2015/16 fee planning guidance.

Event – Partnership for Wales conference – 2 June 2014

As part of the Wise Wales project (funded by HEFCW, universities, the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education and the National Union of Students Wales (NUSW)), NUSW is running this event on 2 June 2014 in the Wales Millennium Centre between 10.00 and 16.30. The event aims to bring together staff from universities and students’ unions to open up a dialogue about what it means to understand and embed a partnership philosophy within HE. The event is aimed at senior managers as well as teaching staff and staff working in students’ unions. Please direct any queries to Alex Butterworth (

Appointments – Colleges Wales Chief Executive

John Graystone, Chief Exec of Colleges Wales, has announced his retirement. He has led the organisation since 2001, and has said he will remain in post until his successor is appointed.