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Circulars 2017

HEFCW circulars give information to the higher education (HE) sector in Wales. They might include information such as funding allocations, information, data or monitoring requests, consultations, calls for strategies, policy announcements and particular information which higher education institutions (HEIs) need to be aware of quickly.

  • This circular alerts universities to arrangements for a sixth round of the UK Research Partnership Investment Fund (UKRPIF) and invites institutions with a significant track record of research excellence to submit expressions of interest.
  • Date:  15 September 2017
  • Response by:  Intention to bid: Noon on Friday, 10 November 2017. Expressions of interest: Noon on Friday, 12 January 2018. Responses to be submitted to directly to HEFCE.
  • Secondary documents:
  • This circular informs institutions of the higher education (HE) data used to calculate funding allocations; to monitor progress towards the Corporate Strategy targets; to monitor equality and diversity; for publication; for provision to Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol; for the HESA student record data quality analysis; to monitor part-time fee waivers and to inform policy.
  • Date:  14 September 2017
  • Response by:  No response required
  • Secondary documents:  None
  • This circular announces funding from the Global Challenges Research Fund which is being made available via HEFCW in 2017/18.
  • Date:  25 August 2017
  • Response by:  No response required
  • Secondary documents:  None
  • In March 2017 HEFCW was remitted to work with Welsh Government officials to "compile and publish on an annual basis the prices of a basket of goods, to be agreed with Government, for each institution."
  • This circular provides a consultation on the collection and monitoring of data for the ‘basket of goods’.
  • Date:  23 August 2017
  • Response by:  06 October 2017
  • Secondary documents:  None
  • This consultation seeks comments on HEFCW’s initial proposals for an interim Postgraduate Taught (PGT) support package for Academic Year (AY) 2018/19, to be delivered for a single year prior to the implementation of the Student Loans Company (SLC) PGT support package.
  • Date:  09 August 2017
  • Response by:  20 September 2017
  • Secondary documents:  None
  • This circular attaches the Financial Management Code for institutions regulated under the Higher Education (Wales) Act 2015.
  • Date:  16 June 2017
  • Response by:  No response required
  • Secondary documents:  None
  • This circular provides an overview of the responses received to the consultation on the draft Financial Management Code (the Code) (circular W16/21HE) and the resulting changes made to the draft in arriving at the final Code.
  • Date:  16 June 2017
  • Response by:  No response required
  • Secondary documents:  None
  • This circular sets out HEFCW’s overall funding distribution for the academic year 2017/18, including individual institutional allocations for teaching and research.
  • Date:  09 June 2017
  • Response by:  Redistribution response by end of July 2017
  • Secondary documents:  None
  • This circular provides information on the next steps in the 2017 National Student Survey (NSS) process, including a timetable for when institutions will be able to access their results via the NSS results dissemination site and Unistats websites. No action is required in response.
  • Date:  24 May 2017
  • Response by:  No response required
  • Secondary documents:  None
  • This circular sets out information on:
  • • the changes to the Unistats website and associated data collection for 2017;
  • • the approach to publication of the results of the new National Student Survey and Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey data on Unistats for 2017;
  • • the processes and timetable for providers to submit their Unistats data for 2017.
  • Date:  07 March 2017
  • Response by:  No response required
  • Secondary documents:  None
  • This circular provides a consultation on revising the guidance for Student Charters, to replace that provided in circular W14/05HE. This is because the guidance has become dated in light of subsequent developments, including the HE (Wales) Act 2015. The guidance will apply to regulated institutions. Students of franchise HE provision will be covered by the franchising institution’s Charter.
  • Institutions are also asked to provide one or more examples of good practice on engaging with ‘hard to reach’ students to ensure that the voice of the diverse student body is heard. These will be published jointly by HEFCW and Wise Wales.
  • Date:  17 February 2017
  • Response by:  11 April 2017
  • Secondary documents:  None
  • This circular provides details of all grants made by the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW) to higher education institutions (HEIs) in Wales, directly funded further education institutions (FEIs) in Wales and the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol for the Academic Year (AY) 2015/16.
  • Date:  13 February 2017
  • Response by:  No response required
  • Secondary documents:  None
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