The Higher Education Academy’s work in Wales is firmly based in the development of partnerships with providers of Higher Education and other stakeholders. Collectively we work to ensure that our mission to improve learning outcomes by raising the status and quality of teaching in higher education is delivered in a way which reflects the distinctive nature of Higher Education in Wales.
You can also find material relating to the Future Directions programme that involved all subscribing institutions in Wales in workstands on important topics.
We recognise the things that make Higher Education in Wales distinctive, its key challenges and the unique way in which Higher Education Academy subscribers in Wales and our other partners are working collectively to meet these challenges.
Higher Education Academy Wales Institutional Group
The Wales Institutional Group supports the Higher Education Academy’s work in Wales by bringing together representatives from subscribing institutions with the HEA’s Wales team to discuss developments, issues and priorities.
Subscribing institutions are invited to send up to two representatives to the meetings which take place three times a year. The meetings hear about current developments in learning and teaching at subscribing institutions and HEA’s current and planned activities. The WIG meetings are an important element in the Higher Education Academy’s partnership approach in Wales and help to set the agenda for our work in Wales.
Higher Education Academy Future Generations Group
The Higher Education Academy has responded to the ambition of the Welsh Government to link Higher Education strategy planning in the period 2016-2026 to the aims of the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015. A key element in our response to these priorities is the Future Generations Group which meets three times a year and brings together those who are responsible for supporting the aims of the Act in their institutions.
The Future Generations Group works in parallel with the Higher Education Academy’s Welsh Institutional Group to ensure that the HEA’s work in Wales connects teaching and learning and the aims of the Act:
- A prosperous Wales
- A resilient Wales
- A healthier Wales
- A more equal Wales
- A Wales of cohesive communities
- A Wales of vibrant culture and thriving Welsh language
- A globally responsible Wales
Key Higher Education Academy Wales Programmes 2016-17
The below details programmes in which the Higher Education Academy along with institutions and individuals in Wales have been or are working on during the 2016-17 academic year:
PEDAGOGIES OF SOCIAL MOBILITY PROJECT
Universities Wales through its PVC Learning and Teaching Advisory Group asked the Higher Education Academy in Wales to focus on activities to support and develop pedagogies for social mobility, these activities are delivered through an integration of bespoke support to institutions and a series of facilitated collaborations over an 18 month period.
TRANSITION, RETENTION and ATTAINMENT - STRATEGIC ENHANCEMENT PROGRAMME 2016
The TRA-SEP (Wales) was an initiative across Wales supporting institutions in developing their strategies around student retention and success. The programme’s key themes of the student experience, the curriculum, and the use, sharing and developing of data were aimed at developing holistic approaches to student support across the student lifecycle; developing and sharing best use of learning analytics, and designing approaches to the curriculum that strengthen engagement and promotes retention.
Future Directions encompassed the quality enhancement work carried out in the Welsh HE sector, which aimed to enhance specific areas of the student learning experience through encouraging staff and students to share current good practice and to generate ideas and models for innovation in learning and teaching. The Future Directions work was planned and directed by the Future Directions steering group which was co-ordinated by the Higher Education Academy.
STRATEGIC EXCELLENCE INITIATIVE FOR VICE-CHANCELLORS AND PRINCIPALS
In February 2015 the Higher Education Academy launched a prestigious new scheme aimed at senior leaders to focus attention on corporate level responsibilities in learning and teaching; to identify and share innovative practice; and to recognise and promote the strategic leadership of excellence more broadly. Bangor University and University of South Wales were represented in Wales.
Recent Higher Education Academy Wales resources
Networks in Wales
The Higher Education Academy offers a number of opportunities for networking and professional development: