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Circulars 2016

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 announces funding from the Newton Fund which is being made available via HEFCW in 2016/17.
  • Date:  06 December 2016
  • 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 2016/17.
  • Date:  23 November 2016
  • Response by:  No response required
  • Secondary documents:  None
  • This circular requests institutions to return aggregated student data to enable HEFCW to have early indications of student numbers; monitor recruitment of students under the new fee regime; make estimates of fee grant costs; and inform the allocation of intake quotas to Centres of Teacher Education.
  • Date:  10 November 2016
  • Response by:  15 December 2016
  • Secondary documents:  None
  • This Monitoring Framework circular sets out how HEFCW will monitor providers’ implementation of the statutory Prevent duty in the higher education system in Wales. Relevant higher education bodies will need to follow this framework to demonstrate ‘due regard’ to the duty.
  • The Act requires all RHEBs in Wales to provide HEFCW with any information we may require for the purposes of monitoring their compliance with the Prevent duty. This framework sets out how we will gather information to demonstrate compliance.
  • Date:  04 November 2016
  • Response by:  31 December 2016
  • Secondary documents:
  • This circular reports on the responses to the consultation on the Full Statement of Intervention outlining HEFCW’s powers of intervention under the Higher Education (Wales) Act 2015. It also provides the final version of this Full Statement of Intervention, which supersedes the Transitional Statement of Intervention with immediate effect. Some of the intervention powers outlined in the Full Statement of Intervention are now in force with all the remaining powers expected to come into force by 1 August 2017.
  • Date:  25 October 2016
  • Response by:  No response required
  • Secondary documents:
  • This consultation circular invites responses to proposals for a monitoring framework that will be operated by HEFCW and is intended to satisfy the UK government that ‘relevant higher education bodies’ (RHEBs) in Wales are fulfilling their duty under the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 (the Act) to have due regard to the need to prevent people being drawn into terrorism (the Prevent duty).
  • The Act requires all RHEBs in Wales to provide HEFCW with any information we may require for the purposes of monitoring their compliance with the Prevent duty. This framework sets out how we will gather information to demonstrate compliance.
  • Date:  14 October 2016
  • Response by:  31 October 2016
  • Secondary documents:  None
  • This circular requests further education institutions to return data to enable HEFCW to calculate credit-based teaching funding for 2017/18, calculate any adjustments to 2015/16 funding and establish final numbers of students and credit values at further education institutions for 2015/16. It also gives definitions and guidance to higher education institutions about the end of year data that are extracted from the 2015/16 HESA student record via the HESA Information Reporting Interface Service (IRIS) to calculate credit-based teaching funding for 2017/18, calculate any adjustments to 2015/16 funding, monitor information on initial teacher training courses and establish final numbers of students and credit values at higher education institutions for 2015/16.
  • Date:  12 October 2016
  • Response by:  11 November 2016 for further education institutions; 18 November 2016 for higher education institutions
  • Secondary documents:  None
  • This circular announces arrangements for the 2017 National Student Survey (NSS), and the action required from all institutions by Monday 28 November 2016. 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:  28 September 2016
  • Response by:  28 November 2016
  • Secondary documents:  None
  • This document describes HEFCW’s part-time undergraduate fee waiver scheme and sets out the criteria students will need to meet in order to be eligible for a fee waiver under the scheme. Monitoring requirements for the scheme have been slightly amended to reflect changes made to collection on the HESA records.
  • Date:  19 August 2016
  • Response by:  18 November 2016
  • 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; to monitor Initial Teacher Training (ITT) provision leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS); for publication; for provision to Estyn and Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol; for the HESA student record data quality analysis; and to inform policy.
  • Date:  26 July 2016
  • 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) and directly funded further education institutions (FEIs) in Wales for the Academic Year (AY) 2014/15.
  • Date:  22 July 2016
  • Response by:  No response required
  • Secondary documents:  None
  • This consultation circular is addressed to the governing bodies and heads of regulated institutions and other interested parties. It seeks views on the Statement of Intervention outlining HEFCW’s full powers of intervention under the Higher Education (Wales) Act 2015, which will supersede the Transitional Statement of Intervention with effect from date of final publication.
  • Date:  07 July 2016
  • Response by:  18 August 2016
  • Secondary documents:
  • This circular sets out new arrangements for HEFCW’s regional approach in order to align with the regional priorities set out by Welsh Government following a consultation in 2015.
  • Date:  10 June 2016
  • Response by:  28 October 2016
  • 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) and directly funded further education institutions (FEIs) in Wales for the Academic Year (AY) 2013/14.
  • Date:  31 May 2016
  • 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) and directly funded further education institutions (FEIs) in Wales for the Academic Year (AY) 2012/13.
  • Date:  31 May 2016
  • Response by:  No response required
  • Secondary documents:  None
  • This circular sets out HEFCW’s overall funding distribution for the academic year 2016/17, including individual institutional allocations for teaching and research.
  • Date:  23 May 2016
  • Response by:  Redistribution response by end of July 2016
  • Secondary documents:  None
  • This circular sets out information on:
  • a. The processes and timetable for higher education institutions, further education colleges and alternative providers to submit their 2016 Key Information Set (KIS) data, so it can be published on the Unistats website at the end of August 2016;
  • b. The process that the funding bodies have introduced to consider concerns about the quality of data on Unistats;
  • c. The introduction of a threshold for responses below which we will not publish Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey data;
  • d. Changes to the Key Information Set and Unistats on which we have recently consulted;
  • e. Ongoing updates to the Unistats website.
  • Date:  28 April 2016
  • Response by:  No response required
  • Secondary documents:  None
  • This consultation provides a draft framework for quality assessment in Wales, and invites responses on the underpinning processes.
  • Date:  26 April 2016
  • Response by:  08 June 2016
  • Secondary documents:  None
  • This circular provides information on the next steps in the 2016 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:  13 April 2016
  • Response by:  No response required
  • Secondary documents:  None
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