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Press releases 2014

  • Student satisfaction at highest ever level in Wales
  • Date: 12 August 2014
  • 85% of students in Wales are satisfied with their overall higher education experience, according to the latest survey of universities and further education colleges.
  • Overall satisfaction increased by 1 percentage point since 2013, with two thirds of all categories having improved on the previous year.
  • Universities and colleges embrace digital strategy for higher education
  • Date: 8 August 2014
  • Universities and colleges are using new technology to interact more with students outside the lecture hall, according to the latest review of Wales’s digital strategy for higher education.
  • While the strategy originally focused on how technology could enhance a student’s course, universities have increased their use of technology outside the classroom as well as inside.
  • Welsh research snapped up by business
  • Date: 11 June 2014
  • University researchers in Wales are among the most successful in the UK at collaborating with businesses, community bodies and the public sector, according to a report published due to be published tomorrow.
  • The thirteenth annual survey looking at how they interact with communities and businesses shows that universities in Wales are exceeding expectations when it comes to collaborative research, taking a 7.4 % share of income in the UK. Their total income from collaborating or contracting with business and other bodies continues to show a steady year-on-year growth.
  • Funding for higher education in 2014/15
  • Date: 23 May 2014
  • £385 million of Welsh Government resources will be allocated to universities in the 2014/15 academic year by the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW).
  • The resources include fee grant payments of up to £5,315 for each eligible student from Wales wherever in the UK they study and for eligible EU students studying in Wales, as well as the formula and strategic grants allocated by HEFCW to higher education (HE) institutions in Wales.
  • Students benefit from closer university and union ties
  • Date: 27 March 2014
  • Students’ unions in Wales have welcomed guidance which has strengthened the relationship between universities and students.
  • The guidelines – originally issued in 2011 – recommend how to fund effective students’ unions, and how universities and students’ unions should portray their roles and responsibilities in student charters.
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