Universities Wales Weekly Wrap Up – 9 September 2016

Welsh Government Cabinet Secretary for Education, keynote address

The Welsh Government Cabinet Secretary for Education, Kirsty Williams AM, gave a keynote address at Cardiff University on 8 September, outlining the role that universities can play in community cohesion, following the vote to leave the European Union.  A video of the full speech is here and the official statement from the Cabinet Secretary is on the Welsh Government website here.

Prof Colin Riordan, Chair of Universities Wales said:

‘Being part of and contributing to community has always been at the heart of what we do as universities. After the Brexit vote, as we reconsider our place within Europe and globally, we have the opportunity to reflect on how we might positively influence community at a variety of levels: locally, regionally, nationally and beyond.

Universities can play a significant part in the development of better social cohesion, bringing people together and brokering community relationships based on shared values, regardless of age, gender, race or religion.

We are proud of our successes, but we can do more to embrace and appreciate the cultural and social diversity of the communities within which we sit. We are united with government in working beyond the constraints of our own physical and virtual boundaries to support and develop meaningful and sustainable social cohesion.

As Claire Taylor, DVC at Glyndwr University recently said: ‘When storms hit and tides rise, an anchor is deployed to prevent the ship from drifting. It’s time to deploy universities as anchors.’

UUK Conference – September 2016

The Universities UK conference was held on 6/7 September, in Nottingham, and was well-attended by senior representatives of Welsh Universities and Universities Wales staff.  The UK Minister for Universities and Science, Jo Johnson MP, addressed the conference – more information from the event can be found here.

Business and Education Partnership Awards – Call for nominations

Entries are now being sought for Insider’s Business and Education Partnerships Awards. These unique awards celebrate collaborative work between universities, colleges and companies in Wales.  Now in their third year, the awards shine a spotlight on institutions, projects and companies which help the Welsh economy.

This year, there is a new category, the New Process Award, to recognise a new way of working, process or service with the potential to create a big commercial impact.

The awards are free to enter. Each entry will be considered by a panel of independent judges, who will look for examples to inspire further collaboration.

If you’d like to nominate your own institution, company, a collaborative project, product or service that you have worked on – or to nominate another individual or example of great work – please enter here.

The shortlist for the awards will be unveiled in October 2016, and the winners will be announced at a gala dinner at Cardiff’s Marriott Hotel on the evening of 3 November. The dinner will also provide an opportunity to exchange ideas and plans with businesses and business-minded academics.

European Association of International Education (EAIE)

Study in Wales will have its largest presence yet at this year’s EAIE conference and exhibition in Liverpool next week. The conference, which runs from Tuesday to Friday, will see over 5,000 participants from over 90 countries worldwide assemble in Liverpool to network and forge partnerships. Study in Wales will have a stand in the exhibition hall and will also host a reception for the partners of all nine Welsh universities on the evening of Thursday 15th September. As this conference has a European focus, the attached EU student postcard has been produced to provide as much reassurance as possible to any European partners with concerns following the outcome of the EU referendum. EU Students Postcard

Indian Journalist to visit Wales’ Universities

Universities Wales is working with the Welsh Government to arrange the visit an Indian education journalist to Wales the week of the 17th October. The aim of the visit is to promote international student experience in Wales and to demonstrate the open, friendly and welcoming university community that awaits prospective Indian students. The journalist will be here for a week and will travel around Wales. For more information, please contact Gwen Williams

UK India Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI)

The UKIERI (UK India Education and Research Initiative) Board has confirmed that Welsh Institutions are eligible to apply for this year’s UKIERI calls despite the fact that the Welsh Government has been unable to contribute financially this year. There is a workshop for applicants being held at the British Council Wales offices in Cardiff on 20 September with most calls closing on the 5th October. More information can be found on the calls and workshops here.