Universities Wales Weekly Wrap Up – 11 May 2018

Universities UK launches ‘Opportunity for Everyone’ campaign

Launched on 1 May, the campaign aims to promote the positive impact of going to university, its benefits, and the lives that higher education can transform. The campaign landing page features stories, case studies, and uses statistics to illustrate the progress being made by universities on social mobility.

Universities UK supports the work that universities are doing to address gaps in participation and outcomes for students from disadvantaged and underrepresented groups. UUK’s work is focused across all stages of the student journey, with projects designed to support access, retention, degree attainment and the employability of graduates.

To hear more about the campaign and the stories behind it, and to share your own experiences, visit #YesUniCan

UUK Campaign

OBE Recognition for Welsh University leader

Congratulations to the Chair of the Unis Wales PVC Research Network, Hilary Lappin-Scott, who was at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday to collect her OBE for services to Microbiology and the Advancement of Women in Science and Engineering.


University APPG meeting on higher education in the devolved nations.

On Wednesday 9 May, the House of Commons All-Party Parliamentary University Group held a breakfast event on the topic of higher education in the devolved nations. The following speakers were present: • Professor Elizabeth Treasure, Vice-Chancellor, Aberystwyth University • Professor Paddy Nixon, Vice-Chancellor and President, Ulster University • Professor Gerry McCormac, Vice-Chancellor and Principal, University of Stirling.

This was a closed meeting which was attended by senior university representatives and parliamentarians. However, the delegate guide for the meeting has been published online (see here) and meeting notes will be available soon.

Unis Wales Consultation Response

“Inquiry into preparations for replacing EU funding for Wales National Assembly for Wales Finance Committee”

HEFCW Specific Designation Consultation Seminar

Date: Tuesday, 22 May 2018   (10:30-13:00)

Venue: HEFCW Offices, Tŷ Afon, Bedwas Road, Bedwas, Caerphilly, CF83 8WT.


  • Higher education providers with specifically designated courses;
  • Higher education providers wishing to apply for courses to be specifically designated for the support of students ordinarily domiciled in Wales;
  • Student representatives
  • Other interested parties


This consultation event is to inform the development of HEFCW guidance to providers seeking designation of specific courses for purposes of student support for students domiciled in Wales.

The outcomes of the consultation will inform the final version of the guidance.

Registration: Please confirm attendance by byFriday 18 May 2018, including your name, organisation, job title and any dietary and/or accessibility requirements.

Providers are restricted to one representative

Bridging the Gap: A Social Mobility Summit for Wales

Thursday, May 24, 2018 – 09:00 to 16:30

Radisson Blu Hotel, Cardiff
After 19 years of devolution, has the structure of our society changed for the better?

Do our citizens have the tools they need to build a better life for themselves and their families? 

Bridging the Gap will put you in the room with government, think tanks, researchers, politicians and business leaders as we kick-start a drive for action on the biggest challenge facing our society. Explore the issues, share your views, create policy ideas; this is your chance to be at the start of the conversation.

Keynote speakers will include former UK Cabinet Minister and recent Chair of the Social Mobility Commission Alan Milburn, and Welsh Government Cabinet Secretary for Education Kirsty Williams AM.

This event is supported by The Open University in Wales and the Welsh Government.

Book here

Leading civic mission in Wales

Wednesday 13 June 2018, Cardiff 
Welsh institutions are invited to explore and further develop strategic civic mission capability within universities. You will hear presentations from the University of South Wales and Cardiff University, and leave this event with a greater sense of what is required to achieve a contemporary civic mission that includes and promotes active institutional citizenship.
This Leading Civic Mission conference equips you with the knowledge to improve social innovation, better leadership capacity and sustain enterprise and entrepreneurship within your institution.

Political update:

  • A debate was held on the Economy, Infrastructure and Skills Committee’s report on Apprenticeships in Wales. The Welsh Government published its response last week to the original document.
  • The £13.5m Welsh Government, EU and Swansea University backed Agor IP project, which aims to develop “innovative health and well-being solutions”, was formally launched earlier this week.
  • The minutes of the Welsh Government cabinet meeting held on 21 March have been released, with one of the items discussed being the reform of post-compulsory education and training.
  • The text of a recent speech given by the Cabinet Secretary for Education at Cardiff’s Tramshed, outlining her vision for education and forging a ‘Welsh Way’, has been published on the Institute of Welsh Affairs’ blog.
  • The Welsh Government has published statistics on students studying to become teachers on Initial Teacher Education courses and staff employed by Further Education institutions.

The Wales Audit Office has published a report looking at ‘How Have Public Bodies Responded to the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015?’