Universities Wales Weekly Wrap Up – 08 May 2015

General Election Results

Following yesterday’s General Election the new political landscape in Wales is:

Labour 25 (-1); Conservative 11 (+3); Plaid Cymru 3 (+0); Liberal Democrats 1 (-2)

The following are newly elected Members of Parliament:

Aberavon:                                               Stephen Kinnock (Lab)

Cardiff Central:                                      Jo Stevens (Lab)

Cardiff North:                                         Craig Williams (Con)

Brecon & Radnorshire:                         Christopher Davies (Con)

Dwyfor Meirionnydd:                             Liz Saville Roberts (PC)

Gower:                                                    Byron Davies AM (Con)

Merthyr Tydfil & Rhymney:                   Gerald Jones (Lab)

Neath:                                                      Christina Rees (Lab)

Swansea East:                                        Carolyn Harries (Lab)

Torfaen:                                                   Nick Thomas-Symonds (Lab)

Vale of Clwyd:                                         James Davies (Con)

Enhancing the International Student Experience Conference

Universities UK and the UK HE International Unit will be launching the first ‘Enhancing the International Student Experience’ conference on 9th June. In partnership with both UKCISA and NUS, the conference will examine how universities can put international student experience at the centre of their institutional strategies. For more information and to book click here.

 Quality Assessment Review Steering Group Seminar – 30 June 2015

HEFCW would like to invite you to the second Quality Assessment Review Steering Group seminar in Wales. In October 2014 the higher education funding bodies in England, Wales and Northern Ireland announced that they were jointly to undertake a review of quality assessment arrangements in higher education.

HEFCE are due to publish the second consultation document on the future of quality assessment in higher education in May 2015, on behalf of England, Wales and Northern Ireland.  Phase 2 of the process will look at developing more detailed and concrete options for implementation. The Quality Assessment Review Steering Group will arrange a series of workshops and conferences in England; we are arranging a single event in Cardiff, on Thursday, 30 June, to gather the views of a range of people. We would welcome attendance from not only higher education providers, but also students, employers, professional bodies and other interested parties in Wales.

An invitation with full details and an agenda will be sent out nearer the date, but, in the meantime, if you would like to register your interest, please email, who will then contact you when registrations open.  If you have any queries please contact HEFCW on 029 2068 2222.

College HE Admissions Community of Practice Briefing

The College HE Admissions Community of Practice Briefings provide information on events and other current topics for the College HE community. The second issue of the briefing includes details of the below Supporting College HE Admissions event, information on consumer law and admissions, an update from HEFCE and contributions from members of the Community of Practice Executive group. This and the previous issue of the briefing can be found on the SPA website.

SPA Event: Supporting College HE Admissions (Birmingham – 01 June 2015)

This free event for the College HE Admissions Community will provide HE admissions practitioners in colleges with the opportunity to identify and discuss key issues, share good practice with colleagues and evaluate processes within their own colleges. Participants will hear from the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) about its recent advice on consumer protection in HE admissions and discuss meeting college responsibilities to HE applicants under consumer protection law. The afternoon will focus on improving the applicant experience into HE and build on the College HE Admissions Issue Review Plans which were compiled at last year’s event.

For more information and booking forms for this event please visit the SPA website.

Review of SPA

The full report from an independent review of the Supporting Professionalism in Admissions programme from 2012 is now available on the UCAS website. This report went to the UCAS Board with recommendations from the SPA Review Group and SPA is very pleased that UCAS will continue funding SPA on a permanent footing. The Review recognised the importance and value of the independent SPA Steering Group, which will continue its role in shaping and defining SPA’s priorities.  SPA will continue to offer the same types of services and support to HEPs across the breadth of the UK as it does today.


Universities Wales Staff News – Baby Cable has arrived!

We are delighted to announce that our Policy Adviser, Rachel Cable, gave birth to a beautiful baby boy on 5th May – Charlie David Cable. Mum and baby both doing well.

Baby Cable