Universities Wales Weekly Wrap Up – 25 August 2017

New data reveals very high visa compliance by international students

Data released yesterday by the Home Office and the Office for National Statistics confirmed that at least 97% of international students return home after completing their studies – a far higher rate than previous claims.

The two reports have significant implications for future policy on student visas, as they reveal the inadequacies of the International Passenger Survey, something which Universities UK has consistently highlighted.

For further information please see this statement.


 Insider Business and Education Partnerships Awards

There’s just one week left to enter this year’s Insider Business and Education Partnerships Awards.

Now in their fourth year, these unique awards celebrate collaborative work between companies, universities and colleges across Wales. The awards aim to highlight the best examples of working together, inspire other businesses and institutions to collaborate, and set high standards for collaboration.

Entering the awards is free. Each entry will be considered by a panel of independent judges. If you’d like to nominate your own institution or company, a collaborative project, product or service that you have worked on – or to nominate another individual or example of great work – please click here.

Categories include:

  • Economic Impact Award
  • Individual Impact Award
  • New Process Award
  • New Product Award
  • Research and Development
  • People Development
  • Partnership Award
  • College of the Year
  • University of the Year

The deadline for entries is Friday 1st September.

The winners will be revealed at the Cardiff Marriott Hotel on the evening of Thursday 2 November. The dinner will provide an opportunity to exchange ideas and plans with companies and business-minded academics.


REMINDER: Cardiff workshop on the UK India Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI): 1 September 2017

The second round of calls for proposals under Phase Three of the UK India Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI) will open on 16 August with a closing date of 20 October 2017.

Academics, and international and research office staff are invited to attend an information sharing workshop at Cardiff University on 1 September 2017. The aims of the workshop are to provide information and advice to those in the process of writing proposals, and to introduce the programme to a new audience.

To attend, please register using the following link by 29 August:

To prepare for the workshop, UUK colleagues are inviting questions and queries to: These questions will form the basis of the content on the day.


HEFCW Circulars

W17/23HE Global Challenges Research Fund 2017/18

This circular announces funding from the Global Challenges Research Fund which is being made available via HEFCW in 2017/18.

W17/22HE The HEFCW part-time undergraduate fee waiver scheme

This document describes HEFCW’s part-time undergraduate fee waiver scheme and sets out the criteria students will need to meet in order to be eligible for a fee waiver under the scheme. Monitoring requirements for the scheme have been slightly amended.

Response by: Friday 17 November 2017

W17/21HE Consultation on the collection of data for the ‘basket of goods’

In March 2017 HEFCW was remitted to work with Welsh Government officials to “compile and publish on an annual basis the prices of a basket of goods, to be agreed with Government, for each institution.” This circular provides a consultation on the collection and monitoring of data for the ‘basket of goods’

Response by: 06 October 2017