Thursday 09-06-2016 - 15:44
Yesterday, NUS Wales and the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW) signed a memorandum of understanding to outline how the two organisations will work together in the future.
This historic step formalises an already strong relationship between the two organisations, and will ensure NUS Wales and HEFCW will continue to work together to ensure the interests and needs of students are addressed at every opportunity, and are at the heart of both organisations.
NUS Wales is proud that Wales has been leading the way in furthering new opportunities to embed partnership in our institutions, putting students at the core of their learning experience.
This progressive approach to partnership within the sector and our partnership with HEFCW has enabled a number of initiatives such as all students’ unions in Wales producing an annual quality report and every Higher Education provider in Wales developing a student charter. The NUS Wales President is an observer on HEFCW’s council and, through the work of Wise Wales, have developed a culture of meaningful partnership between institutions, students’ unions and students across Wales.
Beth Button, NUS Wales President said ‘The relationship between NUS Wales and HEFCW has been a crucial one, in strengthening the approach to partnership within the sector and ensuring students are at the heart of our higher education system. The relationship that we have as a sector should be celebrated, and the memorandum marks a significant step in formalising this relationship. The role of NUS Wales is to champion the rights of students - relationships like these help us to achieve that.'
Dr. David Blaney, HEFCW Chief Executive said ‘The interests of students are at the heart of what we do. The student movement faces a significant number of changes and challenges over the forthcoming year, such as the Diamond Review, and our relationship with NUS Wales is extremely beneficial. This Memorandum of Understanding marks another chapter in the strong partnership that we have enjoyed with NUS Wales and will continue to enjoy for many years to come.’
NUS Wales President-elect, Fflur Elin, said: 'This is an extremely positive move for both students and institutions in Wales. The memorandum lays the foundations for ever increasing partnership, which can only be a good thing for everyone involved'.
The event was attended by a number of students’ unions from across Wales, including Bangor, Cardiff, Swansea, University of South Wales, as well as the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and Cardiff and Vale College. A number of sector organisations were represented – including the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol, Colegau Cymru, The Open University in Wales and Universities Wales.