Universities Wales Weekly Wrap Up – 19 June 2015

News – WHELF win National Prize for Outstanding Library Team

Congratulations to the Wales Higher Education Libraries Forum (WHELF) – comprising the National Library of Wales, all 10 Welsh higher education institutions and Welsh NHS Libraries – in winning the Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Award for Outstanding Library Team 2015. (For more information on the awards see here).

WHELF is a ground breaking partnership delivering a library management system for the whole of Wales. A single identity now allows users to access and borrow material from every higher education library, while both physical and digital services are being transformed. The judges described WHELF as an “ambitious project” that “shows great trust, ability to develop a shared vision and achieve impressive cross-organisational alignment and coordination”.


Event – HEFCW Seminar on Quality Assessment – 30 June 2015

In October 2014 the higher education funding bodies in England, Wales and Northern Ireland announced that they were jointly to undertake a review of quality assessment arrangements in higher education. HEFCE are due to publish the second consultation document on the future of quality assessment in higher education in early June 2015, on behalf of England, Wales and Northern Ireland.  Phase 2 of the process will look at developing more detailed and concrete options for implementation. HEFCE will be arranging a series of workshops and conferences in England; in Wales, HEFCW are arranging an event in Cardiff on Tuesday, 30 June 2015.

A broad range of delegates from higher education institutions would be welcomed to this discussion event, including Vice Chancellors; Pro Vice Chancellors; heads of quality; student union representatives; and employers who work closely with the institution. Additionally, attendance from not only higher education providers, but also students, employers, professional bodies and other interested parties in Wales would be welcomed. 

If you would like to attend this event, please see here.


The QAA Annual Conference

The QAA Annual Conference 2015 took place in Leeds on Thursday 11 June. The Conference provided an opportunity for quality professionals from QAA subscribing institutions to discuss current issues and strategy relating to the development of quality assurance policy and practice, and to work with colleagues from across the sector to discuss practical solutions and share good practice. QAA Chief Executive Anthony McClaran’s speech can be foundhere and all the presentations from the conference can also be found here.


Event – Insider Business and Education Partnerships Awards 2015

Universities Wales are sponsoring this year’s Business and Education Partnerships Awards, being held on Wednesday 4 November at the Cardiff Marriott Hotel.

Nominations are now open (until 28 August) for the following categories – Enter HERE:


  • University of the Year – The university which has made the greatest impact by co-operating with business for commercial success. 
  • College of the Year – The college which has made the greatest impact by co-operating with business for commercial success. 
  • People Development – The company which has made the greatest impact by raising the skill levels, achievement and potential of its staff and/or senior management by working with university and/or college partner(s). 
  • Research and Development – The company whose research and development activities with university and/or college partner(s) have made the most positive impact on its commercial success and economic sustainability. 
  • Commercialisation – The company which has made the greatest commercial impact by using concepts, processes and analysis from, or developed with, university(ies) or college(s). 
  • New Product – The most successful product or service which has been developed through co-operation between a company or companies and academic(s). 
  • Economic Impact – The project or scheme involving a company or companies and academic(s) which has had the greatest economic impact. 
  • Partnership – The most impressive partnership between a company or companies and academic(s), taking into account factors such as scope of agreement, extent of co-operation, systems for allocating work and decisions, and mutually beneficial outcomes. 
  • Individual Impact – An individual working in business-academic partnership(s) to add value, develop new products or services, create jobs and/or boost the economy. 

Please use this link to book your place for the awards ceremony.


Event – Widening Participation in Student Mobility Programmes

The Go International Team will be running an event on ‘Widening Participation in Student Mobility Programmes’.  This event will be held on Wednesday 15 July 2015 at the Rembrandt Hotel in London.   Further information about this event can be accessed here, along with details on confirmed speakers (which include Professor Les Ebdon, Director of the Office for Fair Access and Bill Rammell, Vice-Chancellor, University of Bedfordshire), the full agenda and how to register.