Universities Wales Weekly Wrap Up – 11 March 2016


Hazelkorn Review

Professor Ellen Hazelkorn’s review of the oversight and regulation of post-compulsory education and training in Wales was published earlier this week. Following its publication, Education Minister Huw Lewis issued a written statement saying the report’s findings and recommendations would be a matter for the new government to implement after May’s election.


Diamond Review

The Education Minister issued a written statement last Friday expanding on the terms of reference of the Diamond Review to include some aspects of FE and vocational training.


SPA at the UCAS Annual Admissions Conference

The SPA team will be offering a number of breakout sessions at the UCAS Annual Admissions Conference from Monday 21 – Wednesday 23 March.

  • Joining up approaches between your recruitment and admissions (1b, Monday)
  • Consumer protection one year on – reflections from the sector (1c and 2d, Monday)
  • Managing mistakes in admissions decision-making (2a, Monday)
  • Managing the risk of unconscious bias in admissions (3b, Tuesday)
  • Partnerships between institutions – competition, collaboration and issues to consider for admissions (4b, Tuesday)

Further information about each of the breakout sessions can be found on the UCAS website:


Outward Mobility

Universities Wales teamed up with the UK HE International Unit to deliver a conference on Outward Mobility in Wales this week, hosted by Cardiff University. The conference brought together colleagues from across the institutions in Wales with an interest in outward mobility, including from international and study abroad offices, careers departments, widening participation offices and faculties.  Welsh outward mobility statistics were discussed in the UK and European context, and colleagues shared their experience of encouraging and delivering mobility programmes for students and staff through strategic partnerships, shorter work placements, International Credit Mobility and internalisation at home.

Those with an interest in mobility may also be keen to attend the UK-wide Go International conference taking place on Thursday 28 April at Woburn House, London. The conference will explore the impact of outward student mobility on UK HE. It will aim to equip delegates with the latest national data, research and insights on mobility impact to help inform their strategies. Click here to book a place by 3pm on Friday 22 April.


Bridging Business and Research – a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Event

The Europe wide campaign to promote business-academic collaborations under the Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) scheme is arriving in Cardiff on Friday 18 March, as the only UK stop on the tour in 2016. Whilst the main objective of the event is to encourage more involvement from the private sector in MSCA projects, the line-up of expert speakers from the European Commission, large industry, SMEs, public sector and academia are guaranteed to deliver an insightful programme, exploring the theme of bridging business and research more widely.

With facilitated question and answer sessions and ample networking time, delegates will be in for an informative and enjoyable afternoon. Please see attached programme for details of the venue and timings. The event is free to attend but registration is required and places are limited. Please register at: