On Wednesday 7 December, The Open University in Wales held a public event to discuss the future of higher education and student support in Wales. The event was held in collaboration with WonkHE and featured a keynote speech by the Cabinet Secretary for Education, Kirsty Williams AM.
With significant changes ahead for Welsh higher education following the publication of the Welsh Government response to the ‘Independent review of higher education funding and student support’ (the Diamond Review) and a consultation underway, this was timely opportunity to hear from the Cabinet Secretary and from voices across the education sector.
The event was attended by over one hundred guests and a series of speakers addressed the issues of the sustainability of the HE sector; widening access; Welsh-medium provision and how HE can best meet the needs of Wales. Speakers included: Rob Humphreys (Director of The Open University in Wales); Dr David Blaney (Chief Executive, HEFCW); Sir Emyr Jones Parry (President of the Learned Society of Wales); Prof Hywel Thomas (Cardiff University); Margaret Phelan (UCU); Fflur Elin (President, NUS Wales); Dr Ioan Matthews (Chief Executive of the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol); Natasha Davies (Chwarae Teg); Cerys Furlong (Learning and Work Institute); Simon Pirotte (Colleges Wales) and Prof Gareth Rees (Cardiff University).
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