Universities as Global Communities – Programme

Bangor University – 13 February 2020


This event is jointly organised by Universities Wales and the Learned Society of Wales

Part of the Society’s Wales and the World event series – deepening understanding and discussion of the nation’s ‘soft power’

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Lunch / networking / registration


Introduction to event themes; expectations for day

Sir Emyr Jones Parry – President, Learned Society of Wales


Session 1 – What is the Welsh sector’s position within UK and global contexts?

The View from Wales
Professor Iwan Davies – Vice-Chancellor, Bangor University / Chair of Global Wales

The UK View
Vivienne Stern – Director, Universities UK International

Panel discussion


Session 2 – How can the sector develop a more distinctive international image?

Projection of Wales as an internationally engaged/forward-looking nation
Professor Simon Haslett, Pro Vice-Chancellor (International and Enhancement), University of Wales Trinity Saint David

Working within the context of the Future Generations Act and the climate crisis
Dr Gavin Bunting, Associate Professor – College of Engineering, Swansea University

Table discussion and feedback




Session 3 – How can Welsh institutions work more effectively with international partners?

International research collaboration
Professor Phil Stephens, Dean of International & Engagement, College of Biomedical and Life Sciences, Cardiff University

International campuses and outreach
Mark Cadwallader, Director of Strategy and Development, University of South Wales

Table discussion and feedback


Session 4 – How do we project the vision to people in Wales?

Making Wales your home
Dr Maggie Parke, Bangor University / Universities Wales

Developing civic engagement
Professor Cara Aitchison, Vice-Chancellor, Cardiff Metropolitan University

Audience discussion


Wrap up and recommendations



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