Universities Wales Weekly Wrap Up – 17 Feb 2017

Unis Wales Update

This week we submitted our response to the Welsh Government’s consultation on the support funding for students resident in Wales consultation following the publication of their response to the Diamond Review.

We also had the ‘Global Wales’ partnership board meeting. Global Wales promotes Welsh universities in key overseas markets and aims to boost both student recruitment and international research collaboration. It is a partnership between Universities Wales, Welsh Government, British Council Wales and the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales.


Event: Improving student retention in the changing higher education landscape

7 June 2017, UUK, London

The removal of student number caps, the discussion around the metrics that will feed into the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) and the changes to the architecture of the sector have brought student retention to the top of institutions’ agendas. ​

This one-day conference will give delegates a full understanding of the policy landscape surrounding retention, as well as the knowledge you need to approach the challenge of student retention in your own institution.

Delegates with strategic responsibility for student retention will hear from policy makers, experts in retention, and a range of best practice case studies.

For further information and to book see here.


Political Update

The Legislative Consent Motion on the Higher Education and Research Bill was debated during Tuesday’s Plenary session, with the motion passed despite opposition from Plaid Cymru members. During the debate, Universities Wales was thanked by the Cabinet Secretary for their engagement on the matter.

The Education (Student Support) (Wales) Regulations 2017 regarding the forthcoming changes to student financial support, was noted during this week’s meeting of the Constitutional and Legislative Affairs Committee. There were no issues to report, with the legislation being a negative resolution procedure. The full legislation is available here, while an explanatory memorandum can be seen here.

Note: The National Assembly for Wales is in recess from 20 – 24 Feb.