Universities Wales Weekly Wrap Up – 11 August 2017

Student satisfaction in Wales 2017

The latest National Student Survey (NSS) shows that overall student satisfaction at universities and colleges in Wales remains high, with 84% of students saying they are satisfied with their course. The re-vamped NSS  featured new questions and the inclusion of three new areas: learning opportunities, learning community and student voice. More


New Chair of Aberystwyth University Council

Aberystwyth University is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Emyr Roberts as its next Chair of Council. Dr Roberts is currently Chief Executive of Natural Resources Wales (NRW) and will be retiring in October 2017 after five years at the helm.

Dr Roberts will take up his duties as the Chair of Council in January 2018 and succeeds Sir Emyr Jones Parry who has held the position of both Chair of the Council and University Chancellor for a full ten-year period.


Study in Wales visits Seville in September

In a month’s time, university representatives will be joining our Study in Wales stand for Europe’s largest international higher education conference in Seville, Spain. More than 5,000 delegates attend the conference, giving universities an opportunity to meet with existing and new partners, and allowing us to promote Wales as a study destination of choice.

Whenever Study in Wales is on the move in Europe or the USA, we like to reach out to local alumni or ambassadors for Study in Wales. At a Study in Wales reception in Los Angeles in May, we were supported by LA-based Welsh actors; and American alumni from UWTSD photographed the event and entertained the guests with some astonishing magic tricks. If you know of any Andalucía-based alumni, musicians, entertainers, businesses or theatre groups, for example, who would like to lend their support to Study in Wales, we would love to hear from them!


Cardiff workshop on the UK India Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI): 1 September 2017

The second round of calls for proposals under Phase Three of the UK India Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI) will open on 16 August with a closing date of 20 October 2017.

Academics, and international and research office staff are invited to attend an information sharing workshop at Cardiff University on 1 September 2017. The aims of the workshop are to provide information and advice to those in the process of writing proposals, and to introduce the programme to a new audience.

To attend, please register using the following link by 29 August:

To prepare for the workshop, UUK colleagues are inviting questions and queries to: These questions will form the basis of the content on the day.


Reminder: Widening participation in outward mobility:
Share your experience and host a student voice focus group

UUKi is to publish a report and a toolkit that will help universities overcome challenges that exist for under-represented students. Colleagues at universities in Wales still have time to share good practice stories with UUKi’s Katherine Allison for inclusion in the toolkit.

The report will include a section on student voice. To inform the guidance in this chapter, UUKi will be facilitating a series of focus groups to discuss motivators, barriers and challenges to mobility with students from their target demographics. They have designed an interactive session to encourage students to engage with the topic and provide UUKi with some useful research and ideas for how to address barriers.

If you would be interested in having UUKi deliver a focus group at your university in August or September 2017 please contact Katherine directly as soon as possible.

Political Update – The National Assembly for Wales is in recess this week until the 17 September 2017.