Archive for Wales

University of Wales ‘should close if other plans fail’

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 22 March 2011 by Steve

“The University of Wales should be wound down and closed if other plans for its future fail, a report has concluded. The review, commissioned by the Welsh Assembly Government, said the institution should ‘change radically’ …” (more)

[BBC News, 22 March]

University of Wales: Quality watchdog looks at partner

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 21 March 2011 by Steve

“The University of Wales is under investigation by the higher education standards watchdog over one of its collaborative centres in Singapore …” (more)

[BBC News, 21 March]

Lecturers at Welsh universities strike over pensions

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 18 March 2011 by Steve

“Lecturers at five Welsh universities are taking strike action in a UK-wide dispute over changes to their pensions …” (more)

[BBC News, 18 March]

Aber is occupied again!

Posted in Life with tags on 23 February 2011 by Steve

“After a very successful rally and march at the university Aber Students Against Cuts have occupied A12 lecture theatre (Hugh Owen) …” (more)

[Parar Bolonha, 23 February]

Wales: Basic fees to be lower than England

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 20 February 2011 by Steve

“Basic university tuition fees will be £2,000 (US$3,234) lower in Wales than in England, it has been announced. Education Minister Leighton Andrews has opted for a basic fee level of £4,000 in Wales, rather than the £6,000 which will apply over the border …” (more)

[University World News, 20 February]

Welsh university fees set £2,000 lower than England

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 15 February 2011 by Steve

“Basic university tuition fees will be £2,000 lower in Wales than in England, it has been announced. Education Minister Leighton Andrews has opted for a basic fee level of £4,000 in Wales, rather than the £6,000 which will apply over the border …” (more)

[BBC News, 15 February]

Plans for new Welsh ‘super university’

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 10 February 2011 by Steve

“A new ‘super university’ could be created under plans to merge at least three Welsh universities, BBC Wales has learned. Talks are planned between the University of Wales Institute Cardiff (Uwic), Swansea Metropolitan University and Trinity Saint David in Carmarthen …” (more)

[BBC News, 10 February]

Wales set for university mergers

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 22 December 2010 by Steve

“Just another quick post to pass on the news just out that the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW) has announced that the number of universities in Wales must reduce by a half over the next two years …” (more)

[In the Dark, 22 December]

Why should Wales subsidise English universities?

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 5 December 2010 by Steve

“As the argument about increased tuition fees for English universities intensifies in the run-up to Thursday’s debate in the House of Commons, the Welsh Assembly Government last week announced that fees for students in Wales would rise to a basic level of £6000 per year …” (more)

[In the Dark, 5 December]

Wales’ tuition fee plans cause howls of English outrage

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 5 December 2010 by Steve

“As protests continue to be organised around England by students angry at the planned almost threefold rises in university tuition fees, the Welsh last week announced that they would not be falling in behind Westminster’s proposals …” (more)

[Tracy McVeigh, Observer, 5 December]

Universities in Wales told to ‘adapt or die’

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 3 December 2010 by Steve

“Education Minister Leighton Andrews has told universities and further education colleges in Wales that there will be fewer of them by 2013 …” (more)

[BBC News, 3 December]

Students from across Wales protest over fees and cuts

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 24 November 2010 by Steve

“Students across Wales have joined in protests at increased tuition fees and education cuts …” (more)

[BBC News, 24 November]

Funding body’s concerns on future of five universities

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 24 November 2010 by Steve

“The body that funds Welsh universities has concerns about the financial sustainability of almost half of them …” (more)

[BBC News, 24 November]

University suspends ties with Malaysian college

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 6 November 2010 by Steve

“The University of Wales has suspended relations with a Malaysian business college, pending an inquiry. The action, the university says, is due to a controversy relating to the personal academic qualifications of the head of the institution …” (more)

[BBC News, 6 November]

The professor, his wife, her job, and a free house

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 25 October 2010 by Steve

“A teaching union wants the Welsh Assembly to investigate the appointment of a university boss’s wife to a highly-paid new job at the same institution. Professor John Hughes has just taken up the post of vice chancellor at Bangor University, north Wales …” (more)

[The Workers United, 22 October]

‘Cut top university salaries’

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 5 September 2010 by Steve

“Universities in Wales have been urged to ‘clamp down’ on their high earners as spending cuts loom. Assembly members have demanded assurances that lower-paid staff will not pay for a slashed budget while several university vice-chancellors’ salaries continue to dwarf that of the Prime Minister …” (more)

[Gareth Evans, University World News, 5 September]

Smaller Welsh universities to face closure

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 29 June 2010 by Steve

“Some Welsh universities are to face closure, Education Minister Leighton Andrews has announced. He indicated smaller bodies will be forced into mergers, meaning a smaller number of larger and stronger ones …” (more)

[BBC News, 29 June]

Academic warning over uni places shortage

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 6 June 2010 by Steve

“Thousands of applicants are facing unemployment this summer because of a shortage of university places, says the vice chancellor of Swansea Metropolitan University …” (more)

[BBC News, 6 June]

Minister Leighton Andrews critical of universities

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 26 May 2010 by Steve

“Welsh universities lack leadership and are not lifting the nation up the UK prosperity table, says the education minister. Speaking at Cardiff University, Leighton Andrews said the governance of higher education had become ‘the last resting place of the crachach’ …” (more)

[BBC News, 26 May]

Five the hard way

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 6 April 2010 by Steve

“Academics have accused Cardiff University of adopting bullying tactics in its treatment of 16 members of staff facing redundancy. The Welsh Centre of Pharmacy Professional Education (WCPPE) at Cardiff employs 17 people …” (more)

[Hannah Fearn, Times Higher Education, 6 April]