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News 2018

  • HEFCW Audit and Risk Assurance Committee: vacancy for an independent member
  • Date:  05 October 2018
  • HEFCW’s Audit and Risk Assurance Committee monitors the adequacy and effectiveness of the corporate governance; internal control; and risk management arrangements of HEFCW and of the higher education institutions we fund.

    We are looking for someone to bring an independent, external perspective to the Committee’s work.

    All applications will be treated the same and appointments will be made on merit. We are particularly interested in receiving applications from individuals currently underrepresented on the Committee, including female, disabled, BME, LGBT+ and BME applicants.

    Applications should be submitted electronically to Dale Hall, to arrive no later than 30 November 2018.

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  • Equalities monitoring form

  • Higher education providers offer £28 million in student support
  • Date:  02 October 2018
  • Universities and colleges have outlined in their fee and access plans how they will set aside more than £28 million for student bursaries, scholarships and hardship funding in the 2019/20 academic year.

    We have now approved the plans, which include investment of more than £100 million in Welsh Government priority areas such as attracting and retaining groups of students traditionally under-represented in higher education, securing student progression, completion and success and enhancing employability skills and graduate employment.

  • New WISERDEducation 2018 evaluation report now available
  • Date:  02 August 2018
  • Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and HEFCW, WISERDEducation aims to develop a better understanding of the factors that shape patterns of participation in higher education in Wales.

    In June 2017, we commissioned WISERD to evaluate the outcomes of our investment in WISERDEducation to date, and produce recommendations for us on promoting and building capacity for high-quality educational research in Wales.

    The evaluation found that:
    • • Several stakeholders recognise WISERDEducation as the ‘flagship’ programme for building capacity in education research in Wales.
    • • Despite the limited resources available, the programme met and exceeded expectations according to external stakeholders.
    • • The programme successfully delivered large datasets on high-quality cohorts of data.
    • • Providing writing support, and funded places to WISERD conferences, were useful.
    • • The programme had good governance and management, and provided value for money, although the available budget was challenging.
    The report recommended:
    • • Drawing lessons from WISERDEducation successes to prioritise future capacity building interventions for high-quality educational research in Wales.
    • • Investing in educational research that benefits the specific characteristics of the Welsh context.
    • • Developing a strategic agenda for research training and mobility in education in Wales.
    • • Investing in infrastructure for research access, communication and integration.
    • • Raising the profile of Wales-based educational research.
  • HEFCW’s Student Opportunity and Achievement Committee
  • Date:  15 June 2018
  • HEFCW is seeking candidates for the appointment of an employer Member to our Student Opportunity and Achievement Committee (SOAC). This is a committee of HEFCW’s Council, and acts in an advisory capacity.

    The remit of the Committee is to advise on student opportunity and achievement in higher education, including Welsh medium, initial teacher training, widening access, equality and diversity, and skills and employability, with the aim of ensuring that Welsh higher education meets the needs and expectations of learners and other stakeholders.

    The Committee will meet twice a year.

    SOAC Members receive no remuneration. However, HEFCW will reimburse you for all reasonable and properly documented expenses you incur in the performance of your duties, in accordance with our travel and subsistence procedures.

    The appointment will be for an initial term of up to three years unless terminated earlier by either party, with the possibility of re-appointment for a further term. Candidates should apply by 10 July 2018.

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  • The Review of Government Funded Research and Innovation in Wales
  • Date:  07 June 2018
  • Following the publication of Professor Graeme Reid’s review of government funded research and innovation in Wales, Dr David Blaney, Chief Executive of HEFCW, said "We welcome the publication of Professor Graeme Reid’s review of Government-funded research and innovation in Wales. As the major funder of the higher education research base in Wales for the past 25 years, HEFCW has been engaged in this important process from the outset.

    "The importance of research and innovation funding has been brought to the fore, and universities are rightly recognised as being central to the growth of our economy. We need to ensure that the highly influential research being carried out at universities in Wales is as widely recognised as possible and attracts further investment by major funders. Professor Reid’s report, drawing on his highly respected expertise, sets out the steps necessary to secure a strong research and innovation base which will be essential to deliver future prosperity for Wales.

    "We must continue to ensure that future investment is targeted at areas that will attract the best outcomes, not just in monetary terms but also in terms of the impact of the research on the nation. We look forward to working through the recommendations with our partners in government over the coming months to achieve the most positive outcomes for Wales."

  • New Quality Assessment Framework for higher education in Wales launched
  • Date:  13 April 2018
  • The new Quality Assessment Framework for higher education (HE) in Wales, which assures HEFCW of the quality of education at HE providers, has been published.

    The framework, updated to take account of HEFCW’s new regulatory powers, has been in development since 2016.

    Professor Helen Marshall, Chair of HEFCW’s Quality Assessment Committee and Council Member, said: “The new framework provides a robust model for quality assessment, in line with the quality systems in the other UK nations. It will ensure that higher education in Wales continues to be of the highest quality, and that HEFCW can take swift and appropriate action where issues arise.

    “With student partnership at the core of the framework, we are confident that the framework will protect the interests of learners. The voices of students will be heard throughout the quality assurance processes, and I am grateful for the input of NUS Wales in developing the framework.”

    Further guidance will become available later this year.

    Quality Assessment Framework for Wales

  • HEFCW’s Quality Assessment Committee: Vacancies for Members
  • Date:  14 March 2018
  • HEFCW is seeking candidates for the appointment of a Member to our Quality Assessment Committee (QAC).

    Members must have experience of, or have shown capacity in, the provision of higher education including overseeing quality assurance and enhancement of provision. You should not be employed by or sit on the governing body of any current provider of higher education in Wales, or have done so within the last three years.

    We are keen to ensure that a range of providers of higher education are represented on the Committee, so therefore also welcome individuals with experience of higher education in further education, and/or alternative providers.

    The Committee meets two or three times a year.

    The next meeting will be on 28 June 2018 in Bedwas, Caerphilly at 1:00pm. If you are applying for this vacancy, please hold this date in your diary.

    QAC Members receive no remuneration. However, HEFCW will reimburse you for all reasonable and properly documented expenses you incur in the performance of your duties, in accordance with our travel and subsistence procedures.

    The appointment will be for an initial term of up to three years unless terminated earlier by either party, with the possibility of re-appointment for a further term.

    This is a statutory committee of HEFCW’s Council, under the Higher Education (Wales) Act 2015, and as such, acts in an advisory capacity.

    We welcome applications in Welsh and English.

    Applications should be submitted electronically to Dr Cliona O’Neill, to arrive no later than 20 April 2018.

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