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News 2007

  • Sustainable building standards
  • Date:  01 October 2007
  • The Welsh Assembly Government has set a target of ensuring that all new buildings constructed in Wales from 2011 will be ‘zero carbon’. As a first step towards achieving this ambition, it has issued advice about new building projects funded or supported by capital funding released directly or indirectly by the Assembly. This will include funding released by HEFCW or other Assembly Government Sponsored Bodies to HEIs. The new procedures require: • All new buildings to achieve an overall Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) ‘excellent’ standard upon post-completion assessment; and • A minimum of 10% of the total value of the building materials used to be derived from recycled and reused content. HEFCW will be working with the sector and the other UK HE funding bodies to support institutions in achieving the new standards and in making further improvements to sustainability in line with the Welsh Assembly Government’s aspirations.
  • Third Mission funding allocations for 2007/08 to 2009/10
  • Date:  01 July 2007
  • HEFCW’s Third Mission Fund supports higher education in activities that benefit the economy and community. These might be activities in enterprise and entrepreneurship, such as the development of ‘spinout’ companies, services to business like training, consultancy or contract research, enhancing graduate skills and employability and community development activities like public lectures, exhibitions and other events for children and adults. Higher education institutions in Wales will receive £6.1 million a year for the next three years for activities outlined in their Third Mission Strategies. These are due in by 31 August 2007.
  • £7.5 million for south west Wales education collaboration
  • Date:  01 July 2007
  • Three south west Wales higher education institutions are to receive £7.5 million for an innovative partnership which integrates a range of services for students and staff. Funding has been awarded to Swansea University, Swansea Institute of Higher Education and Trinity College Carmarthen from HEFCW’s Reconfiguration and Collaboration Fund. The funding is provided by the Welsh Assembly Government under its Reaching Higher agenda to support higher education institutions in Wales make the types of ‘landscape changing’ developments that can improve performance, enhance competitiveness, and increase value for money in public services. The collaboration builds on earlier work between the three institutions and will lead to the integration of a range of services and administrative functions, including student records and intranet systems, the creation of a south west Wales ‘virtual’ library and careers service and staff development. It will also give a co-ordinated approach to environmental sustainability and estates management.
  • Energy and Water Targeting and Monitoring Project
  • Date:  01 April 2007
  • Universities and colleges in Wales have been allocated £3.8M to install integrated systems of ‘sub metering’ that will let them develop targeting and monitoring, covering at least 90% of energy and water consumption. The meters will provide consumption data to an energy bureau service who in turn will work with energy managers and the Carbon Trust to further reduce energy consumption. The funding provided also allows any remaining money to be used on additional projects to improve energy and water efficiency and to reduce carbon emissions.
  • New Council members
  • Date:  01 April 2007
  • The January Council meeting was the first meeting attended by our two new Council members, Professor Mari Lloyd-Williams and Mr Ken Richards. In May we were joined by Mrs Pauline Thomas.
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