‘Celtic Connection’ to protect higher education from fallout of Brexit

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration, Research on March 6th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A new ‘Celtic Connection’ of higher education institutions across Ireland – north and south – and Scotland and Wales is being forged to help protect the sector from the fallout of Brexit. It aims to strengthen links between individual colleges to allow for ease of movement for staff and students and to ensure institutions are a force to be reckoned with when it comes to research funding handouts …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 6 March]

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Welsh university tuition fees pegged at £9,000

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 24th, 2016 by steve

Wales“Welsh university tuition fees will be pegged at £9,000 next year despite colleges in England being given the go-ahead to charge up to £9,250. Students from Wales will be able to claim up to £4,954 in grants and borrow the rest, wherever they study …” (more)

[BBC News, 23 September]

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Welsh universities commit to sharing course material online

Posted in Teaching on September 19th, 2013 by steve

Wales“Wales has become one of the first nations to agree to make university course material publicly available so that academics do not have to create their lectures from scratch …” (more)

[David Matthews, Times Higher Education, 19 September]

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Aberystwyth University run like a ‘dictatorship’ says union

Posted in Governance and administration on July 15th, 2013 by steve

Wales“One of Wales’ leading universities is being run like a dictatorship, according to a teaching union. Managers at Aberystwyth University have been compared to school bullies and staff are fearful for their jobs, claims Martin Wilding, president of the University and College Union …” (more)

[BBC News, 15 July]

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Breaking up is hard to do

Posted in Governance and administration on May 23rd, 2012 by steve

“There is no ‘British’ higher education system, argues Alan Trench: there are four. Expect increasing political problems as a result …” (more)

[Times Higher Education, 17 May]

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University drop-out rises: Economy a factor, says Higher Education Wales chair

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 11th, 2012 by steve

“The number of students dropping out of universities has gone up, with one vice-chancellor blaming the economic downturn …” (more)

[BBC News, 11 April]

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Five Welsh universities to drop tuition fees to £7,500 or below

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 5th, 2012 by steve

“Five Welsh universities intend to drop tuition fees to £7,500 or below for the 2013-14 academic year, it has emerged. It follows a decision by the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (Hefcw) to change the way it allocates student places …” (more)

[BBC News, 5 April]

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Cardiff to launch recovery centre for drunk students

Posted in Governance and administration on March 1st, 2012 by steve

“A new recovery centre for excessively drunk students is being planned in Cardiff. It is hoped that the new initiative will help to lighten the burden on emergency services such as ambulances and accident and emergency departments …” (more)

[Oliver Smith, Ones to Watch, 1 March]

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University of Wales degrees validation concern at Birmingham Graduate School

Posted in Governance and administration on February 24th, 2012 by steve

“BBC Wales has discovered more evidence of problems in the relationship between the University of Wales and other colleges where it validates degrees …” (more)

[Nicola Smith, BBC News, 24 February]

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Boom and bust

Posted in Governance and administration on January 5th, 2012 by steve

“The University of Wales was brought down by validation, its money-making machine. David Matthews asks how that happened, how others might be stopped from putting cash before quality and whether the QAA should be able to impose stricter controls …” (more)

[Times Higher Education, 5 January]

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Welsh education minister emphasises importance of mergers

Posted in Governance and administration on December 20th, 2011 by steve

“Welsh universities must merge if they are to be sustainable, the minister for education has reaffirmed. Speaking at the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education Conference in Cardiff, Leighton Andrews called for the merger of the University of Glamorgan, Cardiff Metropolitan University and University of Wales, Newport …” (more)

[David Matthews, Times Higher Education, 20 December]

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The Travails of Wales

Posted in Governance and administration on November 2nd, 2011 by steve

“The current furor regarding the validation of degrees at a distance by the University of Wales – a unitary institution accrediting degrees in the United Kingdom and abroad – is a sure sign that some form of regulation of higher-education quality standards is not only desirable but necessary …” (more)

[Nigel Thrift, Chronicle of Higher Education, 2 November]

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After scandal, what happens now to University of Wales?

Posted in Governance and administration on October 27th, 2011 by steve

“What do the credit crunch and the University of Wales (UoW) have in common?According to one senior source in Welsh higher education, the financial markets and the UoW were both toppled when the factor that sustained their businesses was found to be flawed …” (more)

[Daniel Davies, BBC News, 27 October]

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Who needs the University of Wales?

Posted in Governance and administration on October 13th, 2011 by steve

“I couldn’t resist a quick  and possibly inflammatory comment about the University of Wales affair. I’m not sure how much this story has spread outside Wales, but it’s relatively easy to summarise quickly …” (more)

[In the Dark, 12 October]

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Uni of Wales needs ‘decent burial’

Posted in Governance and administration on October 12th, 2011 by steve

“The University of Wales (UoW) requires ‘a decent burial’ following a turbulent period which has damaged the reputation of Wales, says the education minister. Leighton Andrews told BBC Wales the university had ‘let Wales down’ …” (more)

[BBC News, 12 October]

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University of Wales: Raids follow visa scam probe

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on October 6th, 2011 by steve

“The UK Border Agency (UKBA) says it has raided premises as part of an operation launched in response to a BBC Wales investigation into a student visa scam. It was revealed overseas students were being made offers to cheat their way to University of Wales (UoW) degrees and UK graduate work visas …” (more)

[BBC News, 6 October]

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Scrap University of Wales call after allegations

Posted in Governance and administration on October 5th, 2011 by steve

“Five universities have called for the University of Wales (UoW) title to be scrapped because they are appalled by new claims about its qualifications. The vice-chancellors of Aberystwyth, Bangor, Cardiff, Glamorgan and Swansea say they will no longer accept the university in its current form …” (more)

[BBC News, 5 October]

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University of Wales degree and visa scam exposed by BBC

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 5th, 2011 by steve

“A scam exposed by BBC Wales in which overseas students are helped to cheat their way to University of Wales-validated degrees and visas is being investigated by the UK Border Agency. Students are sold diplomas exempting them from work for MBAs, which then entitles them to apply for a UK visa …” (more)

[Ciaran Jenkins, BBC News, 5 October]

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University of Wales to stop validating other degrees

Posted in Governance and administration on October 3rd, 2011 by steve

“The University of Wales is to stop validating degrees at all other institutions in the UK and abroad.A BBC Wales investigation has uncovered concerns over a number of centres which awarded University of Wales degrees …” (more)

[BBC News, 3 October]

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Toll barriers

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 27th, 2011 by steve

“Increased tuition fees could dramatically alter the flow of students around the UK, with many choosing not to travel outside their home country. David Matthews considers how the devolved nations might be affected …” (more)

[David Matthews, Times Higher Education, 25 August]

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