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Circulars 2018

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 requests higher education providers to return aggregated student data to enable HEFCW to have early indications of student numbers; monitor recruitment of students covered by the fee and access plans; make estimates of tuition fee income; and monitor the intake to Centres of Teacher Education.
  • Date:  16 November 2018
  • Response by:  18 December 2018 (whole survey); 08 November 2018 (Table 2)
  • Secondary documents:  None
  • This circular announces arrangements for the 2019 National Student Survey (NSS), and the action required from institutions by Wednesday 28 November 2018. This includes:
  • • providing up to date institutional contact details
  • • checking the sample list of students to be included in the survey (the “target list”) and providing students’ contact details.
  • Date:  24 October 2018
  • Response by:  28 November 2018
  • Secondary documents:  None
  • This circular asks directly funded higher education institutions and further education institutions to provide information on the proportion of Wales studies within higher education to inform a launch by The Learned Society of Wales to celebrate and support Wales studies.
  • Date:  19 October 2018
  • Response by:  23 November 2018
  • Secondary documents:  None
  • This circular provides details of the basis on which Estates Capital funding for 2018/19 will be allocated to Higher Education Institutions in Wales, the information required prior to payment of the funding and our approach to monitoring.
  • Date:  13 September 2018
  • Response by:  26 October 2018
  • Secondary documents:
  • This circular provides information on the Strategic Change Fund allocated in the academic year 2016/17. It outlines the distribution of funding to Universities by thematic areas and provides examples of outcomes achieved with this funding.
  • Date:  06 September 2018
  • Response by:  No response required
  • Secondary documents:  None
  • This circular informs higher education providers of the higher education 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:  03 August 2018
  • Response by:  No response required
  • 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) 2016/17.
  • Date:  20 July 2018
  • Response by:  No response required
  • Secondary documents:  None
  • This circular gives definitions and guidance to higher and further education institutions about the end of year data that are extracted from the 2017/18 HESA student record via the HESA Information Reporting Interface Service (IRIS) to calculate credit-based teaching funding for 2019/20, calculate any adjustments to 2017/18 funding, monitor information on initial teacher training courses and establish final numbers of students and credit values at institutions for 2017/18.
  • Date:  29 June 2018
  • Response by:  16 November 2018
  • Secondary documents:  None
  • This circular provides information on the Reaching Wider Programme and invites Reaching Wider strategies from Partnerships and Reaching Wider plans from regulated institutions.
  • Date:  29 June 2018
  • Response by:  12 October 2018
  • Secondary documents:  None
  • This circular sets out HEFCW’s overall funding distribution for the academic year 2018/19, including individual institutional allocations for teaching and research.
  • Date:  30 May 2018
  • Response by:  Redistribution response by end of July 2018
  • Secondary documents:  None
  • This consultation circular seeks views on HEFCW’s draft guidance for higher education (HE) providers applying for courses to be specifically designated for the support of students ordinarily domiciled in Wales. The circular also provides information on a consultation event.
  • Date:  11 May 2018
  • Response by:  22 June 2018
  • Secondary documents:  None
  • This circular provides allocations in support of university strategies for enhancing civic mission and community engagement. It invites Universities in Wales to submit detailed plans for the use of this funding, set within the context of a coherent institutional strategy for enhancing civic mission and community engagement.
  • Date:  04 May 2018
  • Response by:  01 June 2018
  • Secondary documents:
  • This circular invites proposals led by Universities in Wales for projects that enhance collaboration between HE and FE in innovation and engagement activities. Funding is available to pump-prime new activity or add value to existing activity.
  • Date:  30 April 2018
  • Response by:  New date: 01 June 2018 (originally 25 May 2018)
  • Secondary documents:
  • This circular provides information on the timetable for institutions to be able to access their 2018 National Student Survey (NSS) results via the data dissemination portal and the publication of NSS data on the Unistats website. No action is required in response.
  • Date:  26 March 2018
  • Response by:  No response required
  • Secondary documents:  None
  • This guidance provides information to fee and access plan applicants on how to enter the system that regulates full-time undergraduate and PGCE (QTS) student support and it provides advice on submitting a 2019/20 fee and access plan application.
  • Date:  31 January 2018
  • Response by:  23 March 2018
  • Secondary documents:
  • This circular provides details of HEFCW’s interim Postgraduate Taught (PGT) Masters support package for students ordinarily resident in Wales and EU students in academic year AY 2018/19, which is to be delivered for a single year prior to the implementation of the Student Loans Company (SLC) PGT support package in AY 2019/20.
  • Date:  12 January 2018
  • Response by:  No response required
  • Secondary documents:  None
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