Universities Wales Weekly Wrap Up – 05 June 2015

Universities Wales supports EU membership

To coincide with the Universities UK campaign – ‘Universities for Europe’ – Universities Wales this week featured in a BBC news story to provide our support to this campaign. This consisted of a number of interviews highlighting the positive contribution the EU makes to the higher education sector in Wales. Please see these links the relevant BBC items in English and Welsh


Consultation response – Future Funding

Universities Wales have responded to the National Assembly’s Finance Committee Consultation on Future Funding. This is available to view on our website here.


Supporting Professional in Admissions (SPA) – Considerations for a Confirmation Action Plan

SPA’s Considerations for a Confirmation Action Plan has now been updated and aims to provide a timely checklist of considerations as preparations continue for the summer.  This information will be useful for university staff involved in the planning and strategic operation of new entrant numbers.

SPA staff are happy to discuss any issues in connection with the 2015 entry and would welcome any feedback on the document – you can contact them via or 01242 544891.


NAFSA 2015 and Study in Wales Launch

Universities Wales attended the annual NAFSA (Association of International Educators) Conference in Boston last week where the ‘Study in Wales’ brand was officially launched. Colleagues from Aberystwyth, Bangor, Cardiff and Swansea Universities as well as the University of Wales Trinity Saint David had sponsored the Wales stand, which this year looked bigger and more striking than ever. With over 12,000 participants from across the globe, NAFSA provides a great opportunity for colleagues to meet with existing and potential new partners to consolidate and build on our universities’ international activities. Aberystwyth University VC April McMahon launched ‘Study in Wales’ at reception at NAFSA and a domestic launch of Study in Wales will take place in Cardiff on Wednesday 10th June.

The Study in Wales website ( is now live and each university will shortly be receiving copies of the Study in Wales brochures and accompanying brand guidelines. For more information, please contact Gwen (

Please consult these links for Times Higher Education and PIE News coverage of the story.

Going Global 2015

This week Universities Wales attended the British Council’s Going Global 2015 conference in London. Going Global is a forum for education leaders from across the world to debate international higher and further education issues and challenges and to discuss collaborative solutions. This was another opportunity to promote the Study in Wales brand to international and UK colleagues.



Insight into Employability: How Welsh Universities Hone Graduate Skills 

HEFCW are hosting an Employability Event on Thursday, 18 June 2015 at the

at Thistle Hotel, Cardiff. You can register your attendance here:- Insight into Employability: How Welsh Universities Hone Graduate Skills.


Higher education matters in Wales

The HEA are holding an event on Thursday 2nd July at the Thistle Hotel Cardiff.  It will explore and critically reflect on the aims and practices of both students and teachers, share examples of effective practice, and consider how these might be applied in their own contexts. For further details and to book a place, please visit the HEA website.


Universities UK and GuildHE workshop on implementing the CMA’s advice to HE on Consumer Protection.   

In March 2015, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) published advice for HE providers to support the sector in complying with obligations under consumer protection law.

This one day Universities UK and GuildHE workshop will provide an opportunity to explore the implications of this advice for institutions and to share good practice in terms of implementation. The event will also provide an opportunity for delegates to raise issues directly with representatives from the CMA.  The event takes place on Thursday 18 June 2015 at the Woburn House Conference Centre, Universities UK

The workshop is open to staff at UUK and GuildHE member institutions and is free. To view the agenda and to register for a place, go to the UUK Events page.

If you would like to attend and have specific issues or questions to raise, please notify Fiona Waye,, by Monday 15 June.


Partnership for Wales Conference

Wise Wales held its second annual Partnership for Wales Conference earlier this week. Over 50 delegates from the higher and further education sector in Wales came together to exchange ideas, experiences and challenges. The conference marked the launch of the first stage of the Pathways to Partnership toolkit, a resource developed by Wise Wales to enable students’ unions and institutions map their current partnership activities and identify ways in which they can develop.

A higher education partnership staff network was also launched, and held its inaugural meeting at the conference. The network will run throughout the year and is intended to be forum for staff to support one another and share good practice and experiences.

Delegates had the opportunity to hear a keynote speech from Professor Jo Smedley on behalf of Universities Wales, and to attend workshops. For more pictures and news from the event, including the Pathways to Partnership toolkit please check our website over coming weeks.