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News 2016

  • Vacancy on HEFCW’s Student Opportunity and Achievement Committee
  • Date:  14 December 2016
  • HEFCW  is seeking an institutional employer member on our Student Opportunity and Achievement Committee (SOAC). This is a committee of HEFCW’s Council, and acts in an advisory capacity.

    The Committee's remit is to advise on student opportunity and achievement in higher education, including Welsh medium education, 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 meets twice a year.

    While SOAC Members receive no remuneration, 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.

    Completed applications should be emailed to sheridan.nott@hefcw.ac.uk by 20 January 2017.

    Application form

  • Vacancy on HEFCW’s Research, Innovation and Engagement Committee
  • Date:  28 November 2016
  • We are inviting applications to fill the following vacancy on our Research, Innovation and Engagement Committee:

    A member of academic staff with a strong track record of involvement in innovation and engagement activities, together with an interest in higher education policy. The Committee’s membership already includes representation in this area at Pro Vice-Chancellor level, and so this appointment is likely to be at a more operational level.

    The Committee’s principal role is to advise HEFCW’s Council on strategies for research, innovation and engagement, and to act as a source of, and sounding board for, new ideas and approaches. It usually meets twice a year in Bedwas, near Cardiff.

    The appointment will be made on merit and expertise, and taking account of the needs for diversity of membership. We will also have regard to the spread of institutional representation on the committee. The positions are unpaid and fixed term (up to three years).

    If you require any further information, please contact Dr Tove Oliver (029 2085 9718), Committee Secretary.

    To apply for this position on the Research, Innovation and Engagement Committee, please complete the attached form and provide a copy of your CV. You must confirm that you have the support of your institution to undertake this role.

    Completed applications should be emailed to sheridan.nott@hefcw.ac.uk by 16 January 2017.

    Further information about the Research Innovation and Engagement Committee

    Application form

  • HEFCW response to the Review of Higher Education Funding and Student Finance Arrangements in Wales
  • Date:  27 September 2016
  • Dr David Blaney, Chief Executive of HEFCW, said: "We welcome the publication today of the report of the Review of Higher Education Funding and Student Finance Arrangements in Wales. It clearly reflects a thorough, robust and evidence-based review process conducted by Professor Sir Ian Diamond and his all-party group. Sir Ian’s recommendations offer a balanced package which would see the distribution of available resources more evenly across the range of policy priorities, but with continuation of the principle that student support should be portable. They also respond to the concern which has been raised clearly and consistently by the National Union of Students in Wales that meeting the cost of living is a major challenge for students with the current arrangements.

    "It is now for the Welsh Government to respond to the recommendations of the review. HEFCW is on hand to provide expert analysis of the options that need to be considered and to support the implementation process."

  • New £7m EU-backed investment in graduate career opportunities
  • Date:  08 August 2016
  • The new £7.3 million GO Wales: Achieve through Work Experience scheme, to boost the career prospects of students from disadvantaged backgrounds, will create work experience opportunities for over 2,000 students over the next three years.

    Building on the experience of the previous GO Wales programme, students will benefit from work tasters and shadowing opportunities at employers in their chosen fields, as well as paid work placements.

    The scheme has been backed by £4.7m of EU funds.

    More

    GO Wales: Achieve through Work Experience

  • HEFCW’s Student Opportunity and Achievement Committee: Vacancy
  • Date:  02 August 2016
  • We are seeking a candidate to be appointed as an institutional member on our Student Opportunity and Achievement Committee (SOAC). We are exclusively seeking applications representing higher education institutions on this occasion.

    This is a committee of HEFCW’s Council, and acts in an advisory capacity. Its remit 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 meets 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.

    New deadline: Applications should be submitted electronically to Dr Cliona O'Neill to arrive no later than 30 August 2016.

    More information

  • UK Higher Education Funding Bodies’ response to the independent review of the REF
  • Date:  28 July 2016
  • We welcome the findings of Lord Stern’s independent review of the Research Excellence Framework and its recognition of the importance of the REF in assessing the quality of research, providing accountability and benchmarking, and in supporting strategic decision making. We support the review’s finding that a substantial reinvention of the REF would increase uncertainty, workload and burden.

    The review has provided clear principles and direction of travel. The UK Government and devolved administrations will now need to consider the report and make their views known on the next steps for the REF.

    There is much work to do to produce a detailed framework for the next REF. The UK higher education funding bodies will now carefully consider the recommendations and, subject to the views of our respective Ministers, we intend to launch a consultation as soon as possible and before the end of 2016. We look forward to working closely with the sector over the coming months and through the consultation period.

    Building on Success and Learning from Experience: An Independent Review of the Research Excellence Framework

  • HEFCW’s Student Opportunity and Achievement Committee: Vacancy
  • Date:  23 February 2016
  • HEFCW is seeking a candidate for the appointment of an employer Member to our newly established Student Opportunity and Achievement Committee (SOAC). We are exclusively seeking applications from public sector employers on this occasion. 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.

    It is anticipated that 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.

    Applications should be submitted electronically to Dr Cliona O'Neill to arrive no later than 15 March 2016.

    More information

  • Welsh Government draft budget 2016-17
  • Date:  09 February 2016
  • Following the Finance Minister’s announcement about an amendment to the Welsh Government’s draft budget for 2016-17, HEFCW said:

    "Universities in Wales are a public good. They are large employers in towns, cities and rural communities. They change lives by producing employable graduates and investing in the higher level skills of the nation. Half of the research they carry out has a world-leading impact on life beyond academia.

    "A cut of 32% to HEFCW’s budget would have had a real impact on universities’ ability to meet Welsh Government priorities. We are delighted that the contribution of Welsh universities to the economy and society of Wales has been acknowledged.

    "We will now need to model a number of scenarios for our investment in universities. This will involve conversations with the higher education sector. Our Council will make some initial decisions about our 2016/17 settlement at its March meeting."

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