In this section
Section highlightHouses into homes This report details findings to emerge from the evaluation during the first six months of delivery (April to September 2012).
Written Statement - Update on tobacco policy »Standardised packaging of tobacco products and Sub Committees on The Smoke-free Premises etc. (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2012.Learn more »
Living Longer: Ageing Well
The third phase of the Welsh Government’s pioneering Strategy for Older People in Wales has been launched.
- ‘Enterprise Troopers’ set to storm Wales’ primary schools
- “Wales is leading the way on Sustainable Procurement” – Jane Hutt
- Living Longer: Ageing Well
In this section
- Business and economy
- Children and young people
- Culture and sport
- Education and skills
- Environment and countryside
- Equality and diversity
- Health and social care
- Housing and community
- Improving public services
In this section
Section highlightAccess to information
The Welsh Government has followed the principles of openness in government for many years. Find out how you can make a freedom of information request or see requests that have already been made.
Sky lanterns: environmental and risk assessment »To establish an evidence base to help any future policy decisions on sky lanterns and helium balloons.Learn more »
- Higher Education (Wales) Bill: Technical consultation
- Renting Homes White Paper
- Continuity and Change - Refreshing the Relationship between Welsh Government and the Third Sector in Wales
- Strategic Environmental Assessment: Environmental Report, Rural Development Plan for Wales 2014-2020
- The draft School Governors’ Annual Reports (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2013
- The future of agricultural statistical data collection methods in Wales
Featured consultation »Implementing the Domestic Fire Safety (Wales) Measure 2011
25 days left
In this section
Section highlightFurther and Higher Education (Governance and Information) (Wales) Bill 2013
Removes a number of technical restrictions and controls on colleges without changing the principal powers of colleges to provide further, higher and secondary education.
Legislative programme 2012 - 2013 »
Addressing the Assembly in the Senedd today, the First Minister, Carwyn Jones, detailed the eight bills in the Welsh Government’s 5-year Legislative Programme that will be brought forward during the second year of the Welsh Assembly.Learn more »
Section highlightCommunity Infrastructure Levy
Local authorities can charge a Community Infrastructure Levy on new developments to support the infrastructure needed.
2nd Supplementary Budget 2012-13 »
Proposes a number of changes to the 1st Supplementary Budget for 2012-13, which was published on 26 June 2012.Learn more »
Written Statement - Statement on the University of Wales’ overseas franchising
Members will be aware of the recent BBC Wales investigation into the overseas franchising activities of the University of Wales. In particular, reference was made to the following:
- a University of Wales franchised college in Malaysia where the executive director claimed to have degrees which turned out to be bogus; and
- a franchised evangelical Bible college in Denmark not recognised by the state and only employing staff who believe in the literal interpretation of the Bible
The BBC’s findings on the recent ‘Week in Week Out’ programme raise what appear to be issues of serious concern in relation to the validation and quality process of the University’s overseas franchising. Also of concern is the suggestion in the programme that, in an inspection of the University’s franchise of the Malaysian college, the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) had failed to check the validity of the degrees claimed by the director of the institute.
I am concerned that there may be an international reputational risk to both the University of Wales and to Wales’ higher education sector as a whole. Our strategy For our Future emphasises the need to ensure that Wales’ higher education sector is strong and vibrant with a positive reputation across the world. In my remit letter to HEFCW I stressed the need to safeguard the quality of the University of Wales brand. I have already tasked the Higher Education Governance Review with evaluating the governance and strategic direction of the University of Wales.
To ensure that further appropriate action is taken to evaluate the risk, identify areas of further weakness, and take the necessary measures to guard against them, I have requested that HEFCW evaluate the issues raised by the ‘Week in Week Out’ programme and provide me with the necessary information to give me assurance that the University is realistically and effectively addressing the issues. I have also asked HEFCW to evaluate whether the University can be said to have implemented the recommendations in the Medwin Hughes review. I have also raised this issue with the QAA. I am publishing letters that I have sent today to the Chair of HEFCW and the Chief Executive of the QAA.
Given the centrality of quality to Wales’ higher education system, it is essential that the University of Wales responds to the issues raised rapidly, rigorously and transparently.
I note that in a recent radio interview, the University’s Pro Vice Chancellor of Learning, Teaching and Enhancement, stated that the University would be happy to co-operate with Assembly Government investigation. I therefore expect the University to co-operate fully with HEFCW and the HE Governance Review ’s enquiries.
HEFCW and the independent HE Governance Review will be presenting their findings to me early in the new year.