Unis Wales responds to the Quality Code consultation.
Universities Wales submitted its response to the UKSCA consultation on the UK Quality Code on 13 December 2017. See here for a copy
The Open University appoints a new Director in Wales
Louise Casella will join OU Cymru as their new director in the new year, with responsibility for the University’s provision across Wales, working with key stakeholders including the Welsh Government, HEFCW, students, employers and trade unions. Louise has extensive strategic leadership experience in higher education, having held senior leadership positions at Cardiff and Wrexham Glyndwr University, and having been a member of the Welsh Assembly Government Review of Higher Education in 2008. Louise says she’s looking forward to “building on the OU’s excellent reputation and its achievements in providing part-time distance education to people who want to learn while they earn across
The policy paper commits to working with universities to produce new regional plans as part of their new regional approach to investment, and places partnerships between universities, business, local government and the third sector as central to shapingwales’ future regional investment plan.
The Welsh Government are currently gathering feedback on the policy paper through a consultation, Unis Wales will be responding on behalf of the sector as part of our continued work in this area, and we encourage members to also respond to the consultation.
Mentions in the media.
-Chair Professor Julie Lydon wrote an essay outlining how the publication of the Welsh Government economic action plan provides an opportunity to reflect on the role of higher education in the Welsh economy. The piece appeared in Thursday’s Western Mail education supplement, and an online version can be found here
News and updates in UK higher education:
UK to stay in Erasmus until 2020
The conversation showcase:
Articles published by academics at Welsh universities this week
1. Sex and relationship education should be about rights and equity not just biology
2. Wales’s schools urgently need political participation lessons
3. Reprogramming bacteria instead of killing them could be the answer to antibiotic resistance
4. Why PrEP takers should still use condoms with HIV+ partners
5.Yoga in the workplace can reduce back pain and sickness absence
6. How understanding regional rainstorms will help the world manage climate change
- The First Minister has spoken of Brexit as potentially an “opportunity to boost economic development, reduce bureaucracy and support our poorest communities in the face of UK government austerity”. He also issued a written ministerial statement outlining some of the government’s priorities, including participation in Horizon2020 and Erasmus+.
- The Welsh Government has released a report giving the educational destinations of Key Stage 4 and post-16 learners.
- It was announced earlier this week that Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol’s role will be expanded to include further education colleges and the work base learning sectors. The Cabinet Secretary’s written ministerial statement and the government’s response to the review of the Coleg’s activities can also be read.
We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! The office will be closed from the 23rd December until the 3rd January, and this will be the last Wrap Up of 2017.
We hope you have a restful break, and we look forward to working with you again in the new year!