Universities Wales Weekly Wrap Up – 30 June 2017

UUK International annual survey

Please take a few minutes to complete the Universities UK International annual survey by Friday, 7 July to help the UUKi team as they plan their activities for the next year. It should take no more than five minutes and you can choose to stay anonymous.



British Council alumni awards 2017

Would you like to celebrate the amazing achievements and success stories of your university’s alumni, and the important impact they are making?

This year’s British Council alumni awards 2017 are open to all alumni living outside the UK. For full details check the eligibility criteria. Applications will be open here from 3rd July – 2nd October 2017.

Reach your alumni by emailing notable alumni to encourage them to enter; and by sharing, liking, or re-posting British Council posts:


The Widening Participation in Outward Mobility project

UUKi are delivering a European Commission-funded project to support institutions in widening participation in outward mobility for students from disadvantaged or underrepresented groups.

They are inviting institutions to submit examples of good practice in this area for inclusion in their internationally transferable toolkit on effective practice. Download and fill in the case study template to submit a case study for your institution for inclusion in the final toolkit, then email it to Katherine Allinson.



What we’ve been up to…

We attended the Erasmus to Erasmus+ 30th birthday celebrations at Cardiff Metropolitan University…


QAA Consultation

The QAA has published a formal consultation on the new review method for Wales, provisionally entitled Higher Education Quality Enhancement Review. The draft method follows engagement and feedback from providers during the year to date. It is available on the QAA website:



The QAA is open to feedback and change on this method both in terms of its principles and aims, and its methodological detail and welcome comments from providers, students unions, stakeholder bodies and individuals.

The consultation closes on 25 July 2017.


Regulatory reform must prepare Welsh universities for Industry 4.0 

The Unis Wales team were asked to submit a blog on the White Paper by WonkHE which was published on Thursday.  


Inspire! Adult Tutor Awards 2017

Deadline for nominations: 7
th July 2017

Learning and Work Institute is proud to be hosting the Inspire Tutor Awards this year.

The Awards celebrate the achievements of exceptional Tutors across Wales and we are inviting nominations for influential individuals who have shown outstanding passion and commitment to teach and continuously inspire and support other adult learners to pursue their goals, whether it’s in their community or the workplace.

Remember to read through the Inspire! Tutor Awards Guidance & Categories first before nominating!

You can nominate an inspirational Tutor by completing this form and return to
We have also created a guide on ‘How to Write a Successful Inspire! Tutor Award Nomination’ click here  to get your copy.

You can find more information on the Tutor Awards on our website.

If you have any questions about your nomination, please contact:


Political Update

  • During the Business Statement Mike Hedges (Swansea East) called for a statement from the Welsh Government on how they’re “working with the university sector in Wales to help increase the gross value added. The university sector will play a pivotal role in developing a highly skilled, highly educated and highly productive economy. Developments should include science parks developed by the universities such as Cambridge and Aarhus in Denmark, as well as growing student numbers and supporting innovation.”In response, the Leader of the House said: “universities are, of course, crucial to the economic well-being of Wales. We’re keen to ensure we take every opportunity to influence and encourage collaboration, which is crucial, between our universities and businesses, at home and overseas. And I think it’s a strong university research base that, actually, does underpin our thriving economy, and that was referenced last week, indeed, on a debate on the impact of Brexit.”
  • The Welsh Government has issued its response to the Economy, Infrastructure and Skills Committee’s Inquiry into the Apprenticeship Levy.
  • The Minister for Skills and Science and the Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure have agreed to the 2017/18 contract allocation to Work Based Learning (WBL) providers for the delivery of apprenticeship and traineeship programmes.
  • The Children, Young People and Education Committee has received a letter from the Minister for Lifelong Learning and Welsh Language regarding its National Youth Work Strategy, with Glyndŵr University currently carrying out a review into its impact.
  • The Welsh Government have published HESA statistics on the destination of leavers from higher education in the United Kingdom.
  • The first evidence session of the Public Accounts Committee’s inquiry in the Welsh Government oversight of further education colleges ‘finances and delivery’ will take place at Cardiff and Vale College on Monday. Iestyn Davies, Chief Executive of ColegauCymru, along with other FE stakeholders and Welsh Government civil servants are due to appear. The meeting papers are available here.