Universities Wales Weekly Wrap Up – 14 August 2015

National Student Survey shows that student satisfaction remains high

85% of students in Wales are satisfied with their overall higher education experience, according to the latest survey of universities and further education colleges.

The National Student Survey (NSS), now in its eleventh year, shows that overall satisfaction has remained steady, and there were particular gains in the areas of learning resources and satisfaction with the students’ union.

The full HEFCW press release is here.

A level results and clearing

Universities Wales released an announcement on Thursday to congratulate students receiving their A level results and provide advice on clearing, including links to Welsh Universities’ individual clearing sites here. We’re delighted that figures show there has been yet another increase on previous years in the numbers of students from Wales who have already been accepted and placed via UCAS on to a university course. For live updates on acceptances during the clearing process, UUK have created a website with visualisations of clearing 2015 information for different parameters, including age, domicile of applicant and institution country, as well as subject.

HEFCW Committee vacancies

Quality Assessment Committee

HEFCW is seeking candidates for the appointment of Members to HEFCW’s newly established Quality Assessment Committee (QAC). This is a statutory committee of HEFCW’s Council, under the Higher Education (Wales) Act 2015, and as such, acts in an advisory capacity.

Members must have experience of, or have shown capacity in, the provision of higher education including overseeing quality assurance and enhancement of provision. They should not be employed by or sit on the governing body of any current provider of higher education in Wales. It is anticipated that the Committee will meet twice a year, although additional meetings may be necessary. It is envisaged that the first meeting will be in the Autumn of 2015.

Applications should be submitted electronically to Dr Cliona O’Neill (, to arrive no later than 7 September 2015.

Research, Innovation and Engagement Committee

HEFCW is inviting applications to fill the following vacancy on their Research, Innovation and Engagement Committee.

Applicants must be a member of academic staff with a strong track record in research achievement, and currently actively engaged in research, and with an interest in related higher education policy. For this appointment, subject expertise in the Arts and Humanities, including the creative industries, or in Social Sciences will be especially welcome. The Committee’s membership already includes representation at Pro Vice-Chancellor level, and so this appointment is likely to be at a more operational level, and nominations may include staff who are currently building their international research careers.

Please see HEFCW’s website for details on how to apply.