Back in Cardiff today and I attended the third meeting of Sir Ian Diamond’s Review of Higher Education Funding in Wales. The Minister for Education, Huw Lewis AM, established this review in the spring of 2014. As Chair of Universities Wales (formerly Higher Education Wales) I am a member of the panel. The results of the report on how HE will be funded in Wales will be vital to how we function as a University post-2016. The review will produce a factual summary of the evidence in the autumn of 2015. The final report, including final recommendations, will be issued by September 2016. Welsh Government priorities for the review include:
- widening access – ensuring that any future system has widening access at its core, is progressive and equitable;
- supporting the skill needs of Wales;
- strengthening part-time and postgraduate provision in Wales; and
- long-term financial sustainability.
For full details of the panel members and the remit of the review see the Welsh Government website.