Emma Raczka

A Performance-based Assessment of the Welsh Research Base

Responding to the publication of A Performance-based Assessment of the Welsh Research Base, Dr David Blaney, Chief Executive of HEFCW, said: “We welcome the publication of the report today, which provides further objective, external evidence of the Welsh higher education sector’s research performance. Furthermore, it continues to show we can have confidence in the expertise […]

Student satisfaction in Wales 2021

Student satisfaction among undergraduates at universities and colleges in Wales has dipped for the first time to below 80%, with 76% of final year students in 2021 saying they were satisfied with their course. This is down from 84% last year, which showed that student satisfaction at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic initially held […]

New Director of Policy and Funding

This month we are happy to welcome Harriet Barnes as our new Director of Policy and Funding. Harriet joins us from the British Academy, where she was Head of Policy for education and skills, and she has previously worked at the Quality Assurance Agency. Harriet replaces Alyson Thomas, our former Director of Policy and Funding. […]

Funding for higher education in 2021/22

£206.5 million will be allocated to higher education (HE) providers in Wales for the 2021/22 academic year. The allocation includes £88.3 million for recurrent research funding, with the remainder given to universities and other providers to support, among other things, innovation and engagement, full-time undergraduate expensive and higher cost subjects, teaching part-time undergraduate courses, degree […]

We are launching our Action Plan outlining how we will support the career development of researchers

Researchers lie at the heart of the UK research and innovation ecosystem. Individually and in teams, within and across academic disciplines, researchers produce the insights and discoveries that underpin the knowledge economy of 21st century society and respond to new pressing challenges. This was clear in the essential contributions researchers in Wales and their universities […]

Launch of the future research assessment programme

The four UK higher education funding bodies are launching the Future Research Assessment Programme. This programme has been initiated at the request of UK and devolved government ministers and funding bodies. It is a significant piece of work aimed at exploring possible approaches to the assessment of UK higher education research performance.   Through dialogue […]

HEFCW welcomes new Minister for Education and the Welsh Language

David Blaney, Chief Executive of the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales, said: “We would like to congratulate Jeremy Miles and welcome him to the role of Minister for Education and the Welsh Language. We look forward to working with him to support a strong higher education sector that delivers for students and plays a […]