Universities Wales Weekly Wrap Up – 16 February 2018

Horizon 2020The Horizon 2020 in Wales Annual Event returns on 15 March 2018!
Theme:  Horizon 2020 and FP9 – Forging partnerships, driving success

As an outward-facing nation which benefits significantly from engagement with the EU Framework Programmes for Research and Innovation, Wales will explore with its UK and European partners how continued commitment to collaborate with Europe and the rest of the World will drive Wales’ competitiveness and growth.

On this highly topical subject, you will hear from Mark Drakeford AM, Finance Secretary and the European Commission, and you will be able to participate in lively discussions with a high level panel of experts chaired by the new Chief Scientific Adviser for Wales, Professor Halligan. The afternoon will be dedicated to informative workshops, including Innovation Funding for SMEs.

Now is the perfect opportunity to secure your free delegate place, don’t delay as space is limited! Register here

Degree Apprenticeships

The National Assembly for Wales’ Economy, Infrastructure and Skills Committee has published their report on apprenticeships in Wales. The report includes a number of recommendations around the introduction of degree apprenticeships.

WONKE Blog – from HEFCW’s David Blaney 

Despite diverging regulations, the UK higher education system is still widely seen as one system – David Blaney, Chief Executive of HEFCW explores the challenges this poses in a blog published this week on the WONKHE website.

Congratulations to our Public Affairs and Political Policy Adviser Beth Button, who graduated last Friday from Bristol University with distinction in her Msc Education Policy and International Development.

Political Update

  • A report by the Economy, Infrastructure and Skill Committee has concluded that apprentices should have similar access to financial support as university students. The full report is available here.
  • An explanatory memorandum to The Education (Student Support) (Wales) Regulations 2018 was laid before the Assembly earlier today. The full legislation can be viewed here.
  • The Minister for Welsh Language and Lifelong Learning, Eluned Morgan, has announced that Aled Roberts has been appointed to develop Local Authorities’ Welsh in Education Strategic Plans.
  • The Cabinet Secretary for Education has appointed Chris Britten as Chair and Professor Gary Beauchamp as Vice Chair of the National Digital Learning Council.

The conversation showcase:
Articles published by academics at Welsh universities this week:

Five ingenious ways snakes manipulate their bodies to hunt and survive (Bangor)

What the evolution of jealousy tells us about online infidelity (Cardiff Met)

Revealed: what sexism in call centres can teach us about sexism in society (Open)

When should you worry about your child’s attachment to comfort items?(Swansea)

Athletes need coaches in the kitchen too (Cardiff Met)

Sewage and livestock waste is killing Britain’s seagrass meadows – new study (Cardiff/Swansea)

UK criminal justice is at breaking point after years of unstable leadership (Bangor)

Positive psychology helps brain injury survivors recover with a better outlook on life  (Bangor)

Welsh issues

Banning piercings for under 18s may be medically a good idea, but it takes away choice and self-esteem (Edge Hill)

Votes for 16-year-olds should be based on wider evidence, not just a need for participation (Huddersfield/Liverpool)

Other stories of note…

How AI could help football managers spot weak links in their teams(LJMU)

The problem with teaching ‘British values’ in school (UCL)

Why sarcasm is such a brilliantly inclusive and effective way to teach children – not (MMU)

Meal deals could undo the benefits of the sugar tax (Brighton)

Obesity crisis can’t be solved by schools – major new study (Birmingham)

The ‘Mandela Effect’ and how your mind is playing tricks on you (MMU)

Pet theft is on the rise, with more than 60 dogs stolen in the UK every week (Keele)

How we discovered that it is possible to feel optimism for others (City)

Becoming beast: Marvel’s new Black Panther movie has a surprising medieval connection (York)

How better maternity pay can fix the gender pay gap and boost productivity (Warwick)