Unis Wales weekly news wrap up – 7 Sept 2018

New visa from international students would benefit UK report-cover-post-study-visa-proposal

Universities UK has called for a new visa to allow international students to gain work experience in the UK for up to two years after graduation.

It comes as university leaders gather for the start of Universities UK’s annual conference, taking place this year in Sheffield (4-5 September).

In 2012, the UK government scrapped the post-study work visa which had allowed international (non-EU) students to stay in the UK and work for up to two years after graduation. This tightening of the eligibility rules for post-study work opportunities in the UK may have had a significant impact on prospective applicants from certain countries, including India.

The new visa would allow a wider range of employers – in all parts of the UK – to benefit from access to talented graduates from around the world, including small and medium employers who do not have Tier 2 sponsorship licences, usually due to the high costs and bureaucracy involved.

It would also make the UK a more attractive destination for international students and graduates, enabling it to compete with other popular destinations such as the United States, Australia and Canada, who have more welcoming student visa policies.

Since 2011, countries such as Australia, Canada, and the US have seen high growth in international demand for study, while the total number of enrolled international students in the UK has stayed flat, leading to lost market share.

The US and Canada offer international graduates the opportunity to stay and work for up to three years after graduation, and Australia for up to four years. New Zealand has recently announced reforms to its student visa policies and will now allow all international graduates to stay and work for up to three years, without the need for employer sponsorship.

The call comes as a new poll from ComRes (findings attached) reveals increased support for international students and graduates in the UK. Nearly three quarters (72%) of British adults polled think that international students should be able to stay in the UK post-graduation for one year or more to gain work experience.


Guidance for universities on preventing student suicides

Universities UK (UUK) and PAPYRUS, the UK’s national charity dedicated to the prevention of young suicide, have published new guidance to help university leaders prevent student suicides.

The guide was launched as university leaders meet in Sheffield for UUK’s annual conference this week.

At least 95 university students took their own lives in the last academic year. Although new data published by the Office for National Statistics shows that there is a significantly lower rate of student suicide among university students in England and Wales compared with the general population, university leaders have said that there is no room for complacency.

The guide includes advice on developing a strategy focused specifically on suicide prevention, covering the following areas:

Steps to prevent student suicide

Intervening when students get into difficulties

Best practice for responding to student suicides

Case studies on approaches to suicide prevention through partnership working

Checklist highlighting steps university leaders can take to make their communities safer


Women in Innovation: Building Success events

An all-day Cardiff event this autumn offers women innovators a chance to network, learn from experts and hear from successful female entrepreneurs.

‘Building Success’, hosted by the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN), forms part of Innovate UK’s second Women in Innovation programme.

In 2016 research found 14% of applicants to Innovate UK funding competitions were women – even though success rates between the sexes were largely equal.

Since the first Women in Innovation awards in May 2016, the figure has increased to 24%.

The morning session includes an overview of the funding and finance landscape, including regional support, and future opportunities from Innovate UK.

Four practical workshops, before and after lunch, tackle key issues facing innovators:

Grant writing: how do you write a successful grant application? How can you make your application stand out and deliver a competitive business case?

Market validation: this workshop helps female innovators show a clear product route to market and shows how communicate value to customers.

Innovation canvas: a workshop developed by KTN that sets out a framework for addressing major blocks and issues on the road to innovation.

Investor readiness: helps innovators understand how to find committed and interested investors, and how to put together a memorable pitch.

Cardiff is the first in a series of four KTN Building Success events across the UK, including Glasgow, London and Belfast.

The event is at Wales Millennium Centre on Monday 5 November. It begins at 8.30am and concludes at 6.30pm with cheese and wine reception.

Open to women in all sectors, it is open to female founders or women developing early-stage start-ups. To sign up for the event, click here.


New WISERD Education report

In June 2017, HEFCW commissioned WISERD to evaluate the outcomes of their investment in WISERDEducation to date, and produce recommendations for promoting and building capacity for high-quality educational research in Wales. Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and HEFCW, WISERDEducation aims to develop a better understanding of the factors that shape patterns of participation in higher education in Wales. The report can be found here.


Major R&D investment into Welsh creative industries announced

Screen industries based in and around the Welsh capital are set to benefit from new research and development opportunities.

Cardiff University has led on a successful bid to the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), which today announced an unprecedented multi-million pound research investment into the UK’s creative economy. The Creative Industries Clusters Programme, which is part of the UK Government’s Industrial Strategy, will bring together world-class research talent from leading UK universities with companies and organisations from across the creative sector.

Working in partnership with the University of South Wales and Cardiff Metropolitan University, as well as the Welsh Government, all major Welsh broadcasters and more than 60 screen industry businesses, Clwstwr Creadigol is one of nine projects in the UK to be chosen for the five-year funding stream.

With a focus on screen industries – film and television production and their supply chains – academics from Cardiff’s three universities will collaborate to provide research that can help the already thriving scene in South Wales reach its full potential.

More information can be found here.


Vacancies at HEFCW

The following vacancies opened today. All are located at HEFCW’s offices in Bedwas, Caerphilly. Further information can be found on their website.

GO Wales Project Manager

Salary range: £29,285 – £36,452 (Appointments expected at the lower point of the band)

Closing Date: 12 noon, 24 September 2018

Interview Date: 8 October 2018

This post is full time, but could be part time at 0.8 FTE for the right candidate. The post is fixed term until 31 January 2022.

Statistical Analyst

Salary range: £29,285 – £36,452 (Appointments expected at the lower point of the band)

Closing Date: 12 noon, 24 September 2018

Interview Date: 15 October 2018

Permanent, full time – 37 hours per week.

Student Experience Manager

Salary range: £29,285 – £36,452 Appointments expected at the lower point of the band

Closing Date: 12 noon, 24 September 2018

Interview Date: 24 October 2018

Full time – 37 hours per week. Fixed term maternity cover until 31 October 2019.


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