External reports and studies
We commission other organisations to carry out research or report on an area to inform policy or to provide guidance for the higher education (HE) sector in Wales. Sometimes, we might do this with other organisations such as the other UK funding bodies.
- November 2017
- 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 the University of Oxford 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.
- November 2016
- A report commissioned by HEFCW from Elsevier which uses publication rates and impact to examine the performance of the Welsh research base in an international context. This reports provides an update on an earlier report produced in 2013 (commissioned jointly by Universities Wales, HEFCW and Welsh Government).
- September 2015
- This report presents the findings and policy implications of a research project carried out by researchers from the Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research, Data and Methods (WISERD), funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW).The project aimed: to develop a better understanding of the factors that shape patterns of participation in higher education in Wales; and to explore the particular role played by policy initiatives to widen access to higher education in contributing to these patterns.