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Circulars 2019

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 consultation circular provides an overview of UK and Welsh policy as it relates to asylum seekers and refugees and invites higher education providers to work with HEFCW to progress the Welsh Government’s refugee and asylum seeker plan ‘Nation of Sanctuary’.
  • Date:  12 December 2019
  • Response by:  07 February 2020
  • Secondary documents:  None
  • This circular notifies institutions of the UK funding bodies’ intention to publish a public consultation upon the management of complaints and investigations relating to the application of the 2021 Research Excellence Framework, (REF 2021) Codes of practice (COP).
  • Date:  27 November 2019
  • 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) 2018/19.
  • Date:  21 November 2019
  • Response by:  No response required
  • Secondary documents:  None
  • This circular requests higher education providers to return aggregated student data to enable HEFCW to have early indications of student numbers; calculate funding allocations; monitor recruitment of students covered by the fee and access plans; make estimates of tuition fee income; and enable Welsh Government to monitor and plan the intake to Initial Teacher Education Partnerships.
  • Date:  21 November 2019
  • Response by:  15 January 2020 (whole survey); 14 November 2019 (table 2)
  • Secondary documents:  None
  • This circular invites regulated institutions which have been approved to deliver the Digital Degree Apprenticeship (Wales) Framework issued on 29 April 2018 and the Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing (Wales) Framework issued on 1 August 2019, and which have had qualifications accepted onto each Framework, to submit monitoring information for apprenticeships that have been allocated in 2019/20. This applies to new and continuing apprentices on the Digital Degree Apprenticeship (Wales) Framework, and new apprentices on the Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing (Wales) Framework.
  • Date:  13 November 2019
  • Response by:  12 December 2019
  • Secondary documents:
  • This circular reports on the consultation outcomes for the Research Wales Innovation Fund (RWIF). It confirms the distribution model and metrics that will be used to allocate future RWIF funding.
  • Date:  31 October 2019
  • Response by:  No response required
  • Secondary documents:  None
  • This circular confirms allocations from the Global Challenges Research Fund which is being made available via HEFCW in 2019/20.
  • Date:  30 October 2019
  • Response by:  No response required
  • Secondary documents:  None
  • This circular sets out the arrangements for NSS 2020 and the action required from all participating universities, colleges and other higher education providers by 28 November 2019. Providers are asked to:
  • • provide up-to-date contact details;
  • • submit survey options, including start week, optional bank questions and provider-specific questions;
  • • check the sample list of students to be included in the survey (the ‘target list’) and provide students’ contact details.
  • The circular also provides information on a pilot of excluded students.
  • Date:  24 October 2019
  • Response by:  28 November 2019
  • Secondary documents:
  • This consultation seeks comments on HEFCW’s proposals for an anticipated additional funding allocation in academic year (AY) 2020/21, as part of the increased funding being made available by Welsh Government in financial years (FYs) 2020-21 and 2021-22. It outlines the background to our proposed spending of these funds and poses a number of questions, the responses to which we will use to inform, develop and refine the final arrangements.
  • Date:  01 October 2019
  • Response by:  11 November 2019
  • Secondary documents:  None
  • This circular sets out the two stage process for institutions in Wales, not already regulated by HEFCW, to notify HEFCW of their intentions to submit a fee and access plan. The two stages reflects the different positions institutions may be at in their ambitions to become regulated.
  • Date:  23 September 2019
  • Response by:  Dependent on institutional plans
  • Secondary documents:  None
  • This circular provides details of the basis on which Capital funding for 2019/20 will be allocated to Higher Education Institutions in Wales, the information required prior to payment of the funding and our approach to monitoring.
  • Date:  19 September 2019
  • Response by:  25 October 2019
  • Secondary documents:
  • This circular provides details of HEFCW’s Postgraduate Taught (PGT) Master’s Incentivisation Bursary scheme which aims to attract Welsh students to study Master’s degrees in Wales in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine related subjects and/or to undertake a Master’s degree through the medium of Welsh, starting in academic year (AY) 2019/20.
  • Date:  09 September 2019
  • 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 National Measures; 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, degree apprenticeships and PGT Masters interim support and to inform policy.
  • Date:  09 August 2019
  • Response by:  No response required
  • Secondary documents:  None
  • This consultation seeks comments on HEFCW’s proposals for the new bursary scheme to attract Welsh students to study Masters degrees in Wales in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine related subjects and/or to undertake a Masters through the medium of Welsh, starting in academic year (AY) 2019/20.
  • Date:  30 July 2019
  • Response by:  09 August 2019
  • Secondary documents:  None
  • This circular gives definitions and guidance to higher education providers relating to the end of year data that are extracted from the 2018/19 HESA student record via the HESA Information Reporting Interface Service (IRIS) to calculate any adjustments to 2018/19 funding, monitor information on initial teacher training and medicine and dentistry courses and establish final numbers of students and credit values at institutions for 2018/19.
  • Date:  05 July 2019
  • Response by:  20 November 2019
  • Secondary documents:  None
  • This circular sets out HEFCW’s overall funding distribution for the academic year 2019/20, including individual institutional allocations for teaching and research.
  • Date:  04 June 2019
  • Response by:  Redistribution response by 31 July 2019
  • Secondary documents:  None
  • This circular presents arrangements for the collection of the 2019 Unistats data. It also provides an update on the development of a new information that will replace Unistats.
  • Date:  02 May 2019
  • Response by:  No response required
  • Secondary documents:  None
  • This circular provides guidance on gender pay reporting methodology to achieve a consistent approach in reporting pay gaps.
  • Institutions are required to adopt and submit pay gap reports to us unless they have reported through the UK pay gap reporting portal.
  • Date:  30 April 2019
  • Response by:  21 June 2019
  • Secondary documents:  None
  • This paper provides institutions with information on accessing the results of their 2019 National Student Survey (NSS) via the dissemination portal. It also includes information on the publication of NSS data on the Unistats website. No response is required.
  • Date:  29 March 2019
  • Response by:  No response required
  • Secondary documents:  None
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