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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 »
Industry and government plan for a healthy future for farming in Wales
Farmers and Welsh Government will come together today to plan for a healthy and vibrant agricultural industry.
- Statement from First Minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones, on the Woolwich attack
- Historic garden is a breakfast TV star
- Industry and government plan for a healthy future for farming in Wales
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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 »
- Future management of private water supply pipes
- Higher Education (Wales) Bill: Technical consultation
- Renting Homes White Paper
- The draft School Governors’ Annual Reports (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2013
- The future of agricultural statistical data collection methods in Wales
- Consultation - Local Authorities (Standing Orders) (Wales) Regulations 2006 (Amendment) Regulations 2013
Featured consultation »Implementing the Domestic Fire Safety (Wales) Measure 2011
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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 - The University of Wales’ Overseas Franchising
I wish to update members on issues surrounding the University of Wales.
Members will be aware from my previous Statement on 17 November 2010 that I asked the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW) to evaluate the issues of quality management raised by the BBC Week in Week Out programme. I asked HEFCW to provide me with assurance that the University is realistically addressing these issues. My Statement also referred to correspondence with Mr Anthony McLaren, Chief Executive of the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) concerning their quality inspections of the University.
I am publishing the subsequent letters that I have received from the Chair of HEFCW and the Chief Executive of QAA and my responses.
It is clear that while the University has made some progress in responding to identified problems, a number of issues still need addressing. In particular, the University continues to validate new centres for taught provision despite widespread concerns about the risks associated with this model. It is also of concern that the QAA have had to initiate an investigation into the management of quality at Turning Point Business School (TPBS) as a consequence of a number of student complaints. It is essential that validation and oversight of overseas provision in higher education maintains the highest of standards. Failure to maintain such standards places the international reputation of Wales’ higher education institutions at risk.
Given the continued reports of quality problems in the University of Wales’ overseas work, I have asked HEFCW to identify and advise me as to how closely the governing body of the University has oversight of these issues. I have also asked Mr McLaren to ensure that the QAA keeps officials updated of progress in the inspection of the University’s dealings with TPBS.
I will be publishing the Report of the McCormick Review into Higher Education Governance tomorrow. This has concluded that the University has to change radically if it is to make any contribution to Wales and its culture. The Report was clear that such change not only has to address the issues of quality but also tackle questions surrounding the University’s structure and its future role in the landscape of Welsh higher education.
The proposals for the organisational merger of University Wales Trinity St David, Swansea Metropolitan University and University Wales Institute Cardiff under the banner of the University of Wales is an attempt to resolve these issues. This proposal must fully meet the requirements expressed in the McCormick Review. If it does not, then I expect the University of Wales to work along with HEFCW and my officials to adopt one of the other options identified by that Report.