HEW Weekly Wrap Up 28 March 2014

News – HEFCE recurrent grant allocations 2014/15 

The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) published its initial recurrent grant allocations for 2014/15 on 26 March 2014. This included £1,569million for teaching (of which £354m was identified as student opportunity funding), £1,558m for research, and £150m for knowledge exchange making £3,228m in total recurrent grant. This reflects the £45m reduction in the recurrent teaching grant for the 2014-15 financial year confirmed in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills grant letter on 10 February 2014, and will need to accommodate in particular the additional commitment to support an increase of up to 30,000 full-time undergraduates.

Consultation – HEA Internationalisation
The Higher Education Academy (HEA) is developing a strategic framework entitled Internationalising higher education: framework for action. The framework is designed to inspire and assist the sector, to address the need for national guidance in the UK. The HEA is inviting feedback on all aspects of the framework. The consultation survey is open until 7 May 2014. Please direct any queries to

Appointments – NUSW elections – Beth Button, President
At the National Union of Students Wales (NUSW) conference this week, Beth Button was elected President. Beth is currently the Deputy President of NUSW, and she was previously Education Officer at Cardiff University Students’ Union. Beth’s manifesto sets out that she will: work on developing a ‘joined up movement’ – developing regional forums for community action and working with organisations like Citizens UK; fight for investment in education – organising training for student officers on how to campaign to protect student facing services, ensure detailed consultation is carried out with students’ unions as part of the Diamond Review, lobbying for increased financial support for further education students; and focus on the upcoming elections – taking action on voter registration, lobby for the creation of polling stations in universities across Wales, and lobby for the introduction of votes at 16. Beth is on Twitter. Also elected was Ebbi Ferguson as NUSW Deputy President. Ebbi was the first female President of Coleg Sir Gar Students’ Union.