Future Directions for higher education in Wales


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 HEA.

Future Directions for higher education in Wales

Graduates For Our Future, 2010 - 2014

The Welsh Government published For Our Future: The 21st Century Higher Education Strategy and Plan for Wales in 2009. The document outlined twin priorities for higher education: delivering social justice; and supporting a buoyant economy. For the sector, this means prioritising the strategic themes of widening access, student experience, skills, knowledge transfer and research. Wales’ first quality enhancement theme was to address some of these. The HEA organised a sector event in 2010, which resulted in the theme Graduates For Our Future being identified. The theme had three workstrands:

  • Students as Partners
  • Learning in Employment
  • Learning for Employment.


The theme and workstrands were showcased at the Inaugural Future Directions Conference – Graduates For Our Future on 26 April 2012 at Glyndŵr University and then at the second Future Directions Learning and Teaching Conference, 2-3 April 2014 at Aberystwyth University, when the workstrands ended.

Global Graduates: Enabling Flexible Learning, 2013 - 2015

Welsh Government polcy was further developed in the 2013 Policy Statement on Higher Education. In June 2013, the Future Directions steering group identified the second Future Directions enhancement theme for the Welsh higher education sector, Global Graduates: Enabling Flexible Learning. This enhancement theme built on the successes of the previous enhancement theme, Graduates for our Future, and its workstrands. It started at the second Future Directions conference in 2014. The three workstrands within this new theme were:

  • Distinctive Graduates
  • Inspiring Teaching
  • Learner Journeys


There is further information available regarding the workstrands from 2014 and workstrands up to 2014.