Universities Wales Weekly Wrap Up – 19 May 2017

Study in Wales

Just over one week to go until representatives from Wales’s universities descend on Los Angeles, California for the annual National Association of International Educators (NAFSA) conference. The NAFSA conference gives Study in Wales, and our university partners, access to more than 10,000 delegates from around the globe to promote Wales as a study destination of choice. Share our #WalesNAFSA good news stories Twitter and Facebook from 29 May to 2 June 2017.


Universities Wales update

This week we gave evidence at the National Assembly for Wales’ Economy, Infrastructure and Skills Committee (see below) and attended Welsh Government and HEFCW’s apprenticeship workshop.

Cardiff Met Global Lecture

We also attended a fascinating lecture by His Excellency Mr Nasser A Kamel, Ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland at Cardiff Metropolitan University’s School of Management. Thank you to Professor Mohamed Loutfi (pictured, along with Welsh Government International Relations colleagues) and the Vice-Chancellor Professor Cara Aitchison for hosting. 


Political update

  • Election 2017: what the manifestos say on higher education: Universities UK have compiled a summary of the most significant higher education commitments, made by the main political parties in their manifestos, which were published this week.
  • A number of stakeholders, including representatives from Universities Wales, appeared before the Economy, Infrastructure and Skills Committee earlier this week as part its inquiry into Apprenticeships in Wales 2017. Universities Wales’s supporting documentation can be read here, while a webcast can be viewed here.
  • The Welsh Government has agreed to co-fund a PhD studentship to undertake a follow-up evaluation of the Foundation Phase.
  • The Cabinet Secretary for Education has agreed the reappointment of David Allen as Chair of the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales.
  • The Cabinet Secretary for Education, Minister for Skills and Science and Minister for Lifelong Learning and Welsh Language agreed to the continued alignment and re-referencing of the Credit and Qualifications Framework for Wales to the European Qualifications Framework.
  • First Minister Carwyn Jones has issued a statement marking the first year of the fifth Assembly, with one the policies he highlighted being “Wales’ generous student finance support package”.