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Universities Wales Weekly Wrap Up – 1 July 2016

Statement from Unis Wales on the status of EU Nationals and Student Finance Wales

The following statement applies to EU nationals who are currently in receipt of student loans from Student Finance Wales (SFW), and to EU nationals who intend to begin studying from this autumn.

EU nationals or their family members, currently in higher education, and who are assessed as eligible to receive loans and/or grants from SFW, will continue to receive these loans and grants until they finish their course. This applies to all student finance from SFW for students in Wales for which EU nationals are eligible. This includes grants and loans to cover tuition fees (for those resident in the EEA for three years), loans and grants for maintenance (limited to those resident in the UK for at least three years), and some other grants and allowances.

The rules applying to EU nationals, or their family members, who have applied for a place at university from this August to study a course which attracts student support are unchanged. SFW will assess these applications against existing eligibility criteria, and will provide loans and/or grants in the normal way. EU nationals, or their family members, who are assessed as eligible to receive grants and/ or loans by the SLC will then be eligible for the duration of their study on that course.

Students should consult their university’s student finance office, or the Student Finance Wales website, for information about the  support available.

Welsh universities ‘to come out other side’ after Brexit

Professor Colin Riordan, Vice Chancellor of Cardiff University and Chair of Universities Wales was interviewed by the BBC this week on the potential consequences of the vote to leave the EU. Read the full story here.

Statement from the UK Minister of State for Universities and Science on higher education and research

Following the EU referendum, Jo Johnson, Minister of State for Universities and Science, has made the following statement on higher education and research: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/statement-on-higher-education-and-research-following-the-eu-referendum These statements are UK-wide, with the exception of the SLC statement which refers to EU Nationals and student finance in England. Please see the Welsh Government Statement for EU Nationals and student finance in Wales:

http://gov.wales/topics/educationandskills/highereducation/highereducationforstudents/eu-nationals-and-student-finance-in-wales/?lang=en (English)

http://gov.wales/topics/educationandskills/highereducation/highereducationforstudents/eu-nationals-and-student-finance-in-wales/?lang=cy (Welsh)

Destinations of leavers from higher education

HESA published its statistical first release on the destinations of leavers from HE for academic year 2014/15 on 30 June 2016 (see here).

In 2014/15, there were 21,290 leavers from HEPs in Wales whose destinations were known (22,750 in 2013/14). Of these, 67% (14,185) were in UK employment (66% in 2013/14), 3% (560) were employed overseas, 7% (1,505) were in work and further study, 13% (2,865) were in further study, 4% (945) were engaged in other activities and 6% (1,230) were unemployed (5% in 2013/14).

In particular we note that Welsh providers had a very high percentage of full-time UK domiciled leavers who were subsequently employed in other UK countries (39%) compared to providers in other UK countries.  Of the full-time first degree leavers who were employed in the UK, 61% were in posts classified as Professional employment (62% in 2013/14) –  compared to 71% for England and NI, and 72% for Scotland. The remaining 39% were working in occupational groups classed as non-professional.  This is of particular note in the context of the development of TEF metrics with potential application to Wales.