Universities Wales Weekly Wrap Up 19 December 2014

Merry Christmas, and welcome to the last Weekly Wrap Up of 2014!

News – Welsh universities celebrate REF success

Welsh universities have the highest percentage of ‘world leading’ research in terms of its impact across the UK, according to the UK-wide Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 exercise. Key facts:

  • Almost a third of submitted Welsh university research ‘world leading’
  • A further 47% of submitted Welsh university research ‘internationally excellent’
  • Wales’ performance has significantly improved since the last assessment in 2008
  • Across the UK, Welsh universities have the highest percentage of  research whose impact is ‘world leading’
  • Examples of Welsh university research making a big impact on society can be found at

Further details are included in the statement here.

News – Jisc customer services division launches in 2015

Jisc has announced its new customer service model for Wales. The key differences are set out on the Jisc website. If you have any queries, please send them to The key differences from the existing model are: covers all of Jisc’s customers across your nation or region; is empowered to deliver streamlined and coherent access to the breadth of the Jisc service; governed according to the Jisc strategy as set by the Jisc board; a permanent function of the Jisc organisation; Jisc’s representative in your nation or region; and is financially and operationally sustainable for the foreseeable future.

News – UK Science and Innovation Strategy

The UK Government this week published its Science and Innovation Strategy. The strategy includes a £5.9 billion pound investment in science capital from 2016-2021. The five “underpinning principles” of the strategy are: Excellence, Collaboration, Agility, Place and Openness. The publication of the strategy came on the same day that the government announced a review of the research councils, to be led by Sir Paul Nurse shortly after the publication of a triennial review of the research councils in April.

News – Welsh Universities, National Library of Wales and the NHS Libraries select a shared Library Management System

The Wales Higher Education Libraries Forum (WHELF) has announced that a consortium of Welsh universities, including the National Library of Wales, and the Welsh NHS Libraries, have selected the Ex Libris Alma unified resource management system and the Ex Libris Primo unified resource discovery and delivery system to provide a new shared Library Management System for the sector. Further details are available on the WHELF website.

Events – HEGlobal

HEGlobal, the joint initiative between the UK HE International Unit and the British Council to support UK universities’ TNE activities, are organising two events on 28 January 2015.  ‘The Value of TNE to the UK: evolving landscapes and practices’ will take delegates through the recently published BIS research paper ‘The Value of TNE to the UK’ and considers the ways that universities manage their TNE activities. ‘Directions of travel: strategies for maximising articulation to the UK through TNE’ takes delegates through the recently published HEFCE analysis on ‘Directions of travel’ from TNE to England and considers its implications for marketing TNE and enhancing recruitment through to the UK. A discount is available for those wishing to join both workshops.  If you require any further information please email

Appointments – Policy Adviser, Universities Wales

An excellent opportunity has arisen for a Policy Adviser at Universities Wales to join the team to cover maternity leave and to make an active contribution to the development and promotion of Universities Wales policy and good practice. Ensuring that Universities Wales, as the voice of Welsh universities, is effective and authoritative in influencing decisions affecting higher education, the policy adviser would work in collaboration with colleagues to support member groups and support the Assistant Director in taking responsibility for a range of policy issues. Please visit the Universities UK website for details. The closing date is 11 January 2015.