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  • HEFCW Audit and Risk Assurance Committee: vacancy for an independent member
  • Date:  05 October 2018
  • HEFCW’s Audit and Risk Assurance Committee monitors the adequacy and effectiveness of the corporate governance; internal control; and risk management arrangements of HEFCW and of the higher education institutions we fund.

    We are looking for someone to bring an independent, external perspective to the Committee’s work.

    All applications will be treated the same and appointments will be made on merit. We are particularly interested in receiving applications from individuals currently underrepresented on the Committee, including female, disabled, BME, LGBT+ and BME applicants.

    Applications should be submitted electronically to Dale Hall, to arrive no later than 30 November 2018.

    More information

  • Equalities monitoring form

  • Higher education providers offer £28 million in student support
  • Date:  02 October 2018
  • Universities and colleges have outlined in their fee and access plans how they will set aside more than £28 million for student bursaries, scholarships and hardship funding in the 2019/20 academic year.

    We have now approved the plans, which include investment of more than £100 million in Welsh Government priority areas such as attracting and retaining groups of students traditionally under-represented in higher education, securing student progression, completion and success and enhancing employability skills and graduate employment.

  • New WISERDEducation 2018 evaluation report now available
  • Date:  02 August 2018
  • Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and HEFCW, WISERDEducation aims to develop a better understanding of the factors that shape patterns of participation in higher education in Wales.

    In June 2017, we commissioned WISERD to evaluate the outcomes of our investment in WISERDEducation to date, and produce recommendations for us on promoting and building capacity for high-quality educational research in Wales.

    The evaluation found that:
    • • Several stakeholders recognise WISERDEducation as the ‘flagship’ programme for building capacity in education research in Wales.
    • • Despite the limited resources available, the programme met and exceeded expectations according to external stakeholders.
    • • The programme successfully delivered large datasets on high-quality cohorts of data.
    • • Providing writing support, and funded places to WISERD conferences, were useful.
    • • The programme had good governance and management, and provided value for money, although the available budget was challenging.
    The report recommended:
    • • Drawing lessons from WISERDEducation successes to prioritise future capacity building interventions for high-quality educational research in Wales.
    • • Investing in educational research that benefits the specific characteristics of the Welsh context.
    • • Developing a strategic agenda for research training and mobility in education in Wales.
    • • Investing in infrastructure for research access, communication and integration.
    • • Raising the profile of Wales-based educational research.
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