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Universities Wales Weekly Wrap Up – 26 February 2016

Event – Outward mobility in Wales: increasing participation and widening access

This free event, on Wednesday 9 March at Cardiff University, is organised by the UK HE International Unit in collaboration with Universities Wales and the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales.

The event will bring together colleagues from across the institutions in Wales with an interest in outward mobility, including from international and study abroad offices, careers departments, widening participation offices and faculties.  It will introduce the Go International Programme and the UK Strategy for Outward Mobility, look at the Welsh outward mobility statistics in the UK and European context, and examine the outcomes of outward mobility for students and institutions. It will explore how to increase outward mobility through strategic partnerships, shorter work placements, ICM and internalisation at home, and there will be a session dedicated to the challenges and opportunities for Welsh institutions around US mobility. Problems and solutions for increasing participation and widening access in mobility for students studying in Wales will be an underlying theme throughout the day.

Click here if you wish to register for the event.

French Partner Event, Paris

Last night, Universities Wales took part in a networking event with French university partners in Paris. The reception was sponsored and organised by Visit Wales and formed part of their Adventure Roadshow, promoting Wales to a European audience. Prof. Iwan Davies, Chair of the Global Wales partnership gave a speech highlighting the importance of EU membership for the Welsh universities and the need for Wales to be outward looking in order to work with the best internationally. A range of French research and exchange partners were in attendance as well as alumni, with Global Wales partner organisations and Welsh Higher Education Brussels making up the Welsh delegation.

Staff in HE 2014/15

HESA staff data for 2014/15 became available on 25 February 2016.  See here for further information.  The following is a summary of academic staff in Wales by cost centre group:

Academic staff in Wales by cost centre group

Total

% of UK

Medicine, dentistry & health

2,550

5.3%

Agriculture, forestry & veterinary science

165

6.9%

Biological, mathematical & physical sciences

1,265

4.0%

Engineering & technology

1,120

4.7%

Architecture & planning

135

3.4%

Administrative & business studies

775

5.1%

Social studies

1,125

4.6%

Humanities & language based studies & archaeology

925

5.2%

Design, creative & performing arts

985

6.3%

Education

1,075

8.1%

Other Services

295

10.2%

Total Wales

10,410

5.2%

2016 cycle applicant figures – February

UCAS published figures for full-time undergraduate applicants for the 2016 cycle on 25 February 2016.  This shows that the number of Welsh-domiciled applicants is up by 1% on last year at this point (a breakdown by country of provider is not available).  See here for information.

Forthcoming Assembly business

Forthcoming business in the National Assembly for Wales includes (see here for the latest statement):

Tue 1 March – Final Budget 2016/17 laid and motion tabled

Wed 2 March – Questions to Minister for Education and Skills, including questions requesting an update on the HEFCW remit letter, on teacher training in South Wales Central, on FE, and the apprenticeship levy (see here).

Tue 8 March – Debate on the Final Budget 2016/17 and 2nd Supplementary Budget 2015/16