Universities Wales Weekly Wrap Up – 27 January 2017

Innovation Nation: a celebration of university and business links

This reception in the Senedd on 29 March is jointly sponsored by the Cabinet Secretary for Education and the Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure, and will give attendees an opportunity to hear from business and university partners who have collaborated on innovation projects. HEFCW will also be introducing its new publication Innovation Nation, showcasing some of the best collaborations between universities and businesses which are important to the economy of Wales.

You will need to register to attend.

Higher education for future generations

This new HEFCW report looks at some of the ways in which universities in Wales are forward-looking and globally responsible, and are contributing to the goals of the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act.

Pathways to Success: Commercialisation Conference – 17 February 2017, Coleg Cambria

Aimed at business educationalists involved in business development and innovation, and at stakeholders interested in commercialisation change and business sustainability, this conference will encourage confidence in commercialisation and provide innovative ideas for success.

Delegates will learn from best practice in:

•           Commercial success / business growth

•           Responding to change

•           Encouraging creative thinking

•           Entrepreneurial ideas

•           Future of commercialisation

•           Collaboration and/or competition

Political Update

First Minister Carwyn Jones and leader of Plaid Cymru, Leanne Wood published a White Paper earlier this week outlining their preferred Brexit deal for Wales.

During the Welsh Conservative debate on Cities and Urban Areas, David Melding emphasised the important part that universities play as a “key driver” within Welsh cities. An outline of the Conservative strategy can be viewed here.

The National Assembly’s Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee has published its report on the amended Welsh Language Standards (No.3) Regulations 2016, which are applicable to FE and HE institutions in Wales, after the original legislation was rejected by the Assembly in 2016.

Unis Wales Update

This week we have been making the final preparations for next week’s meeting with the Secretary of State for Wales and the Cross Party Group on Universities. We also caught up with the Wales Higher Education Brussels (WHEB) office and the Wales Higher Education European Engagement Officers (WHEELOs) group to coordinate Brexit work.