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News 2010

  • Welsh Assembly Government unveils future of fees
  • Date: 30 November 2010
  • The Welsh Assembly Government's Education Minister outlined its position on the future level of tuition fees for all Welsh domiciled undergraduate university students. 
  • As far as HEFCW is concerned, we will await detailed guidance from the Welsh Assembly Government, and will then consider how best to use all available resources to ensure the strongest possible higher education in Wales, to benefit students and our institutions, and focused on the delivery of the key For our Future objectives of social justice and a buoyant economy.
  • Welsh Assembly Government draft budget
  • Date: 17 November 2010
  • The Welsh Assembly Government's draft budget was published today.  
  • The draft budget represents a challenging settlement for the higher education sector in Wales. We will need to give careful consideration to the implications, and once the budget is finalised, ensure that our funding decisions enable the sector to continue to deliver the Welsh Assembly Government’s strategic priorities.
  • Coleg Ffederal update
  • Date:  18 October 2010
  • Latest news in the development of the Coleg Ffederal, which will maintain, develop and oversee Welsh medium provision in higher education in Wales.
  • Research Excellence Framework
  • Date:  10 July 2010
  • David Willetts, Minister of State for Universities and Science, has confirmed the timetable for the UK-wide Research Excellence Framework (REF). The assessment phase of the REF will take place in 2014 to inform funding from 2015/16. The REF is the new system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions.
  • Coleg Ffederal bulletin
  • Date:  25 June 2010
  • Latest news in the development of the Coleg Ffederal, which will maintain, develop and oversee Welsh medium provision in higher education in Wales.
  • Recruitment of REF Main Panel Chairs
  • Date:  31 March 2010
  • The four UK higher education funding bodies are currently inviting applications for Main Panel Chairs for the Research Excellence Framework (REF), which is the new system for assessing the quality of research in higher education institutions.
  • Further information is available here.
  • Vacancy on HEFCW’s Research, Innovation and Engagement Committee
  • Date:  25 March 2010
  • We are currently inviting applications from members of academic staff with significant research engagement to fill a vacancy on our Research, Innovation and Engagement Committee.
  • The Committee’s principal role is to advise the Council on strategies for research, innovation and engagement, and to act as a source of, and sounding board for, new ideas and approaches. It meets three or four, times a year in Cardiff. The position is unpaid and fixed term (up to three years).
  • We would welcome applications from members of academic staff who have a strong track record of research achievement and are currently actively engaged in research, and who have an interest in related higher education policy. The Committee’s membership already includes a Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) and so the present appointment is likely to be at a more operational level.
  • The appointments will be made on merit and expertise, having regard to the spread of institutional and geographical representation on the committee, and taking account of the needs for diversity of membership.
  • Further information about the Research Innovation and Engagement Committee.
  • If you require any further information, please contact Teresa Cooper (029 2068 2304) or Linda Tiller, Joint Committee Secretaries (029 2068 2304).
  • To apply for this position on the Research, Innovation and Engagement Committee, please complete the attached form and provide a copy of your CV. Completed applications should be emailed to Sheridan Nott by 23 April 2010.
  • Chairs of Higher Education Wales (CHEW) announcement:
    Universities respond to the challenges ahead
  • Date:  04 March 2010
  • University heads and governors have met to discuss the management and governance of universities in the midst of an economic downturn.
  • The Governor Development Conference addressed various topics including ensuring the financial health and sustainability of universities and the maintenance of university staff morale during tough times, and discussed the essential attributes of a 21st century university.
  • The Minister for Children, Education and Lifelong Learning, Leighton Andrews, gave the keynote speech at the event which was held on the same day he announced a review of higher education governance.
  • The conference was organised by the Chairs of Higher Education in Wales (CHEW), the Leadership Foundation, Higher Education Wales and the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW).
  • Andrew Wilkinson, Chair of CHEW said: “The conference has been invaluable in helping governors and university leaders deal effectively with the challenges of the economic downturn. Universities are seizing the opportunity to continue to progress despite the tough times. The presentations and discussions focussed minds on the crucial need to ensure the sustainability of universities so that they continue to make their important contribution to Welsh society and the economy.”
  • Roger Thomas, Chairman of HEFCW, said: “The higher education community in Wales is determined to address the challenges of continually improving the delivery of university activity in an economic downturn. This successful event was convened for universities to learn lessons from each other and share best practice. We will continue to underline the importance of the effective governance of universities, and work with the Leadership Foundation to develop further workshops building on the themes of the day. ”
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