Universities Wales Weekly Wrap Up – 24 March 2017


Delegation from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

The National Museum Cardiff was the venue for our reception to welcome a delegation of more than a dozen representatives from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam on Tuesday. Following visits to London and Manchester over the course of a week, the delegation’s final stop was Cardiff to strengthen relations between the Ho Chi Minh City government and the Welsh government in the areas of education and vocational training.

The chair of Global Wales, Professor Iwan Davies, led the morning’s sessions, which looked at regulation and quality in higher and further education, and education and industry links. Presentations from HEFCW, Coleg y Cymoedd, Cardiff University, Cardiff and Vale College and ASTUTE 2020 were followed by a lunch with university and college representatives.


Political Update

  • landmark £1.3bn city deal for the Swansea Bay region will transform the economy of South West Wales, First Minister Carwyn Jones has said. Prime Minister Theresa May has signed off the Swansea Bay City Region deal, insisting she wants Wales “at the forefront of science and innovation”. Following the signing of the City Deal at the Liberty Stadium, the Prime Minister visited Swansea University’s Bay Campus, hosted by the School of Management, where the Prime Minister convened a meeting of leaders from Welsh business and industry to discuss the Government’s Plan for Britain.
  • An Individual Members Debate was also held on the Blue Economy, featured references to the SEACAMS project (Aberystwyth, Bangor and Swansea University) and importance of universities to economic activity linked to Welsh seas.
  • Almost £5m of EU funds is being invested in putting Wales at the forefront of next generation solar energy technology.
  • new £21 million programme to strengthen food innovation is expected to safeguard thousands of jobs and deliver over £100 million for the Welsh economy.


Event: Quality Enhancement Network – Entrepreneurship and Enterprise

6 April 2017 – Cardiff Metropolitan University

The Quality Enhancement Network (QEN) is designed exclusively to support QAA subscribers in enhancing and sustaining effective management of quality and standards in higher education. We host a number of QEN events each year, which are free for subscribers to attend.

Given the UK-wide political imperative towards the role of higher education in enterprise and entrepreneurship, and the simultaneous need to review our 2012 guidance document, QAA is holding this event on the topic of entrepreneurship and enterprise.

The event offers subscribers the opportunity to hear about the latest policy initiatives and landscape overview of enterprise and entrepreneurship education, to network and share good practice, and to help shape the next version of QAA’s guidance.

To register please visit the booking site.


Event: UCAS Annual Admissions Conference

Monday 10 – Wednesday 12 April 2017, Celtic Manor Resort, Newport

The SPA team will be offering a number of breakout sessions at the UCAS Annual Admissions Conference:

Positive action vs positive discrimination (2B, Monday)

Criminal convictions and fair admissions (3C, Tuesday)

Good practice in entry requirements (5D, Wednesday)

Reviewing your use of interviews, tests, and other assessments (6B, Wednesday).
Plus contributing to sessions on Contextualised Admissions: how UCAS can better support providers (4C, Tuesday) and Supporting estranged learners (2J, Monday).
The conference agenda and further information about each of the breakout sessions can be found on the UCAS website.


Unis Wales Update

This week, as well as welcoming the delegation from Vietnam (see above), we have welcomed a new member of staff to the Unis Wales team! Kieron Rees joins us from Carers Trust Wales and previously the National Union of Students Wales, as a new Policy Adviser primarily working on skills policy.