Members - Higher Education Funding Council for Wales

Body: Welsh Government
Appointing Department: Welsh Government
Sector: Education
Location: Meetings usually held in Bedwas, near Cardiff
Number of Vacancies: 2
Remuneration: £5,076 per annum, Members are entitled to travel and other reasonable expenses within reasonable limits
Time Requirements: 1.5 days per month, 6 meetings per year

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

  • Mr Huw Morris Added 14/07/2017

    Panel Chair

    Group Director of Skills, Higher Education and Lifelong Learning Directorate • Departmental Official

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  • Mr David Allen Added 14/07/2017

    Chair of the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales • Representative of Organisation

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  • Dr Maria Hinfelaar Added 14/07/2017

    Vice-Chancellor, Glyndŵr University • Independent Member

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  • Leighton Jenkins Added 23/08/2017

    Assistant Regional Director- Cymru/ Wales, CBI. • Other Panel Member

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Vacancy Description

The Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (“HEFCW” or “the Council”) is a Welsh Government sponsored body established in May 1992 under the Further and Higher Education Act 1992 (“the 1992 Act”).

The Council’s vision is to develop and sustain internationally excellent higher education in Wales, for the benefit of individuals, society and the economy in Wales, and more widely. In 2017-18 HEFCW will manage a budget of £100.4m. The Higher Education (Wales) Act 2015 established a revised regulatory framework for higher education in Wales, which enhanced the Council’s regulatory role. This will mean significant changes in the way the Council approaches its duties as it prepares for full implementation of the Act from 1 September 2017.

The Council administers funds made available by the Welsh Government to support education, research and associated activities at universities in Wales and teaching by the Open University in Wales. It also provides funds for prescribed higher education courses at further education colleges.

The Council is also currently responsible for the funding of teacher training for school teachers and the accreditation of providers of initial teacher training in Wales. These responsibilities are covered under the Education (School Teachers’ Qualifications) (Wales) Regulations 2012 and the Education Act 2005.

The Council’s Annual Report and Accounts 2015-16 and Corporate Plan 2013-14 to 2016-17, together with the Welsh Government’s Remit letter 2017-18 are available on HEFCW’s website

Council’s Role

The Council’s principal tasks currently are twofold:

• to regulate the sector in Wales through the approval and monitoring of institutions’ fee and access plans, assuring the quality of HE in regulated institutions, to establish a framework for the organisation and management of the financial affairs of regulated institutions; and

• to distribute funds made available by the Welsh Government for the provision of education and the undertaking of research by higher education institutions in Wales.

The Council also provides expert advice to the Welsh Government and the sector. Its Chief Executive is the designated Accounting Officer, having a specific responsibility relating to the use of public funds made available by the Welsh Government.

The HEFCW Corporate Strategy (2013-14 to 2016-17) sets out the key strategic themes that the Council will consider in pursuing its vision for a sustainable, accessible and internationally excellent higher education sector in Wales. The Council has recently drafted a high-level HE Strategy for Wales to align with the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015, which will be discussed with the Welsh Government during 2017.

The Council’s mission is to:

• secure an excellent quality higher education student experience and internationally excellent quality research;
• promote the contribution of higher education in Wales, the UK and internationally;
• enable higher education providers in Wales to deliver Welsh Government and UK priorities for higher education; and
• inform and shape Government policy to be relevant and appropriate for delivery by higher education providers;

in order to:

• enhance social justice; and
• support a buoyant economy.

Higher Education Reform

Higher education in Wales is facing significant change in the coming years due to:

• the decision of the UK to leave the European Union;
• the Welsh Government’s response to Professor Hazelkorn’s Review of the Oversight and Regulation of Post-compulsory Education and Training in Wales;
• the Welsh Government’s response to Sir Ian Diamond’s review of HE Funding and Student Finance Arrangements in Wales;
• consequences for HE in Wales arising out of the Higher Education Reform Bill (HERB) in England.

Council members will be expected to keep up to date with the changing landscape across the UK and its impact on Welsh Higher Education.

Person Specification

As a Council Member you will be expected to:

• work closely with the Chair and the Chief Executive in giving advice and encouragement to HEFCW in the initiation, development and implementation of policy and in the fulfilment of its statutory responsibilities;

• attend meetings of the Council and contribute, and be party to key decisions concerning the Council’s strategy;

• provide authoritative and timely advice to the Welsh Government between meetings;

• chair or be a member of committees of the Council, as and when required;

• uphold, and be widely perceived to uphold, the highest standards of integrity and impartiality;

• build respect for the work of the Council; and

• be able to deal confidently with the Welsh Government, its officials and Ministers, and the Welsh Higher Education sector.

Person Specification

The Welsh Government wishes to recruit two members initially with extensive current or recent experience in one or more of the following:

• Higher Education Institutions;

• the wider post-compulsory sector, Further Education, Schools (including sixth form provision), Work Based Learning and Adult Community Education;

• an employer in knowledge or skills based businesses;

• graduate recruitment and/or employment;

• managing and/or implementing organisational change.

A reserve list of up to four appointable candidates will also be compiled to fill vacancies that may arise during the next 12 months.

Council Members will also:

• be aware of the changes impacting the higher education sector and the challenges it faces in the UK and international context;

• have the ability to challenge current thinking and be an effective and persuasive communicator;

• have the ability to listen, analyse and question strategic proposals and performance data, and work as part of a team with a common aim;

• have a clear understanding and commitment to equality issues; and

• have an understanding of the importance of high standards in public life.

Welsh Language

The ability to communicate through the medium of Welsh is desirable but not essential.

Additional Information

For further information regarding the selection process or help in applying for this role, please contact:

The Corporate Shared Service Centre
Tel: 029 2082 5454

For further information regarding the role of the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales and the role of Member(s) please contact the Higher Education Division:

Tel: Colette Eley 03000 250523

For further information about Public Appointments in Wales, please visit

How to Apply

For further details and to apply go to or for queries contact the Shared Service Helpdesk on 029 2082 5454 or email

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