Working with partners

Working with partners

We work with a range of partner bodies within Wales and the UK to achieve our objectives and meet Welsh Government priorities. Some of these partnerships are formalised with a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), which establishes the expectations of both partners.

We collaborate with bodies outside Wales, such as the Department for the Economy Northern Ireland (DfENI), the Scottish Funding Council, Research England, and the Office for Students to deliver UK-wide funds and policies. This includes the Research Excellence Framework, which assesses the quality of research in UK higher education institutions.

Partner bodies include:

  • Jisc, which provides digital solutions for UK education and research.
  • Advance HE, which supports universities and colleges to build an inclusive culture that values the benefits of diversity and promotes excellence in higher education.
  • Estyn, which is the education and training inspectorate.
  • Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA), which works closely with a range of organisations in Wales to ensure that academic quality and standards are maintained in institutions.
  • The Charity Commission, which registers and regulates charities in Wales and in England, to ensure that the public can support charities with confidence.
  • Value Wales and the National Procurement Service, which drive best practice in procurement across the Welsh public sector.
  • Universities Wales, which represents the interests of universities.
  • The National Union of Students (NUS) Wales, which is an open organisation that works in partnership with students’ unions, championing students to shape the future of education.
  • The Office of the Independent Adjudicator for HE (OIA), which is an independent body set up to review student complaints against higher education providers in Wales and in England.
  • The Education Workforce Council (EWC), which is the independent regulator in Wales for teachers in maintained schools, further education teachers and learning support staff in both school and FE settings.
  • The Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol, which works with universities and colleges to increase, develop and expand opportunities to study through the medium of Welsh.
  • UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), which brings together the seven disciplinary research councils, Research England, and Innovate UK; and invests in researchers, businesses, universities, public bodies and charities to support an outstanding research and innovation system across the UK.