Universities Wales Weekly Wrap Up – 14 October 2016

Universities Wales Vacancy

Universities Wales is looking for a new addition to the team for a maternity cover

This advert is now in the public domain with the application deadline set for the 19th October. We are open to discussing the possibility of secondment from universities or partner organisations. Please do pass this on to anyone who you think might be interested.

The position of International Policy Adviser (Maternity Cover) – 02916
Closing date: 19 Oct 2016
Grade: Manager/Adviser

Welsh Government Budget

The Draft Budget 2017/18 is due to be published on 18 October 2016, and the Minister’s Statement in Plenary has been tabled as the third item in the afternoon session (see here).  We expect the budget documents to be publicly available shortly afterwards. 


UUK Event: The future of research in higher education

Universities UK is holding the first conference for those with strategic responsibility for research in higher education: The future of research in higher education, on 23 November, at Woburn House in London.

The research landscape in higher education is undergoing significant change. It is vital that those responsible for research and research strategy in higher education understand the changes, and the effects that they will have on research.

The conference will give you unique access to experts and thought leaders from both the sector and wider research sphere, enabling you to take advantage of opportunities and face up to challenges posed by the changing landscape.

Book now to secure your place and join us to consider your future research strategy

HEFCW Consultation – The Prevent Duty: Monitoring Framework for Higher Education Providers in Wales

HEFCW consultation circular W16/35HE invites responses to proposals for a monitoring framework that will be operated by HEFCW and is intended to satisfy the UK government that ‘relevant higher education bodies’ (RHEBs) in Wales are fulfilling their duty under the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 (the Act) to have due regard to the need to prevent people being drawn into terrorism (the Prevent duty). The Act requires all RHEBs in Wales to provide HEFCW with any information we may require for the purposes of monitoring their compliance with the Prevent duty. This framework sets out how HEFCW will gather information to demonstrate compliance.

Study in Wales, the Welsh Government’s external facing portal, is currently running a #StudyinWales2017 campaign. The aim is to help influence prospective international students, their parents and advisers to consider Wales as a study destination. The campaign is running from 10 – 28 October 2016 to tie in with the UCAS application window for 2017. We would love all universities and partners to engage with this campaign and would encourage all colleagues to get involved via social media!

Wales International Cross Party Group

This Wednesday saw Global Wales Chair, Prof. Iwan Davies (PVC Research, Swansea University) speak about the importance of an outward-looking Wales at the first ever meeting of the ‘Wales International’ cross-party group. This is a newly established group chaired by Plaid AM, Rhun ap Iorwerth and serviced by British Council Wales. Its purpose is to “encourage a Wales and Assembly that look outward; promote the profile of Wales globally; develop international relations – on a trade, culture, social and political level, learning from governments, parliaments and civil society in other countries”. Prof. Davies emphasised that universities are outward-looking institutions that form a core part of Wales’ international fabric and highlighted the significant contribution that Welsh institutions make to Wales’ economy and cultural life through international recruitment, research and industry collaboration. The Wales International group was joined by the members of the newly formed Higher Education Cross Party Group.