Contribution to the Welsh Government Review of the Regulation and Oversight of Post-Compulsory Education and Training in Wales, with special reference to the future role and function of HEFCW

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With the aim of improving and protecting Higher Education (HE), one of Wales’ national assets and economic drivers, the Learned Society of Wales (LSW) welcomes the opportunity to respond to the current review of arrangements for the oversight of HE in Wales. Universities in Wales are currently regulated by means of the terms and conditions of a grant set by the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW), subject in turn to the terms and conditions set by the Welsh Government in its annual Remit Letter. Following the growing pressures on the current regulatory system resulting from changes in the primary source of funding for undergraduate teaching, and increasing number of providers, we recognise that regulation needs to keep pace with changing expectations, if confidence is to be maintained.