Report signals new monitoring regime for colleges and universities in Wales


Proposals put forward in a report released today by the Welsh Government will change the quality assurance of post 16 education in Wales according to the charity ColegauCymru. Responding to the report by Professor Harvey Weingarten the body has welcomed the commitment to a unified framework bringing together all post 16 education provision but has warned that some proposals could be too restrictive.

Dr Rachel Bowen, Director of Policy at ColegauCymru commented, “Bringing together a system which unites providers under a common system is welcomed. However, we would urge caution in embarking on a rigid annual review process which leaves little time for implementation of improvements and commences an annual merry-go-round of review.

“We would also highlight the need for institutions to be able to respond individually as autonomous bodies to the challenges they face. A common approach to monitoring and review should not stop colleges and universities from responding in a way which addresses their unique circumstances.”

The report forms part of the Welsh Government’s wider review of regulation, funding and strategic planning of post compulsory education. The Weingarten report sits alongside the proposals outlined in the current consultation to establish the Tertiary Education and Research Commission and ColegauCymru is currently engaging with a wide range of other bodies and stakeholders in the preparation of its response.

Dr Bowen concluded, “This report is timely and provides additional information on the proposed functions of the tertiary commission.”

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