Universities Wales Weekly Wrap Up – 19 August 2016

NSS Results at Welsh Universities hit an all-time high

The results from the National Student Survey (NSS) released on Wednesday 10 August have shown that overall satisfaction in Wales has risen 1% since 2015, with the 86% figure now matching the UK average. For more information please see HEFCW’s press release and articles from BBC Wales and Wales Online.

Unis Wales statement on A level results

The figures from Thursday’s A level results 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 those pupils who did not quite get the exam grades they’d hoped or indeed did better than they expected, a range of options are available via the Clearing route. Further information about clearing centres at all Welsh universities can be found in our full statement here.

Higher Education Business and Communities Interaction (HE-BCI) survey

The 2014/15 HE-BCI survey has shown how Welsh universities have successfully encouraged staff and students to continue to work with businesses, community bodies and the public sector in partnerships that benefit society, influence policies and generate income.

Universities in Wales have continued to increase their earnings from sharing their research knowledge and expertise. Collaborative research, in areas such as tackling public policy issues or working with industry, earned universities more than £83 million in the 2014/15 academic year. Furthermore, nearly a quarter of a million training days were taken up by learners pursuing continual professional development at universities, netting them some £36 million. Despite a 4% drop in overall income in these areas in the 2014/15 academic year, universities still brought in £193 million through working with public, private and third sector bodies.

HEFCW’s full statement on the results can be found here.

HEFCW move and temporary contact information

HEFCW will be moving out of their current location in Llanishen, Cardiff this month to Bedwas, Caerphilly. Their last day in the Llanishen office will be Friday, 19 August 2016.

You can contact HEFCW by email on 22 and 23 August. However, their website, email and telephone systems will be unavailable from Wednesday 24 August to Friday 26 August (inclusive). Any emails sent during these three days will bounce back to you and will not be queued. These will need to be re-sent to HEFCW once their email system is back online (from Monday, 29 August).

If you need to contact them urgently while their systems are down, please send a direct message to @HEFCW on Twitter or email in the first instance and they will do their best to respond.