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October 13, 2010

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» ESF-Funded Foundation Degree Programme - Third Call for Proposals Now Open

Funding Source: ESF Convergence Funding – Priority 3

Summary:

The University of Glamorgan’s Foundation Degree scheme is one of several multi-million pound HE initiatives at different stages of assessment that aim to deliver higher-level skills in line with the key Welsh sectors identified by WAG:

Foundation Degrees (FD) – Pan Wales: UOG-led

Work-Based Learning (WBL) – Pan Wales: UOG-led

Access to Masters (ATM) – West Wales & the Valleys: Swansea-led

Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships (KESS) – West Wales & the Valleys: Bangor-led

This is the first time that the Welsh HE sector has collaborated on such a scale, and it is hoped that this will result in a step-change in collaborative activity across the sector.

FD programme participants will obtain higher-level skills that will enhance their career opportunities, creating a long-term positive impact on the Welsh economy and skills base. FDs are an ideal stepping-stone qualification, which is seen as particularly suited to part-time learners in employment.

Following the successful first two call for proposals where a number of FDs were given the go-ahead by the Programme Management Board, we are opening a third call for proposals. We are inviting institutions to submit a Project Idea Form (PIF) by 7th January 2011, which is aimed at providing the Programme Board with enough information to judge whether the submission of a detailed project delivery plan (PDP) is appropriate.

Please note the following ESF stipulations for the FD and WBL Programmes:

Project participants (students) must be in (private sector) employment, and must live and/or work in the Convergence area of Wales Projects must address one or more of the following WAG Ministerial Advisory Group private sector priorities: Energy; Environmental management; Telecoms & ICT; Bioscience; Health; Financial Services; Creative Industries; Automotive and Aerospace; Construction; Leisure and Tourism

For further information on the above, or on the funding process for the programme and to get the PIF template, please email the FD Programme Team or call ext.2932

May 11, 2010

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» REMINDER - ESF-Funded Foundation Degrees - Second Call Deadline 21st May 2010

Funding Source: ESF Convergence Funding – Priority 3

Summary:

The University of Glamorgan’s Foundation Degree scheme is one of several multi-million pound HE initiatives at different stages of assessment that aim to deliver higher-level skills in line with the key Welsh sectors identified by WAG:

Foundation Degrees (FD) – Pan Wales: UOG-led

Work-Based Learning (WBL) – Pan Wales: UOG-led

Access to Masters (ATM) – West Wales & the Valleys: Swansea-led

Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships (KESS) – West Wales & the Valleys: Bangor-led

This is the first time that the Welsh HE sector has collaborated on such a scale, and it is hoped that this will result in a step-change in collaborative activity across the sector.

FD programme participants will obtain higher-level skills that will enhance their career opportunities, creating a long-term positive impact on the Welsh economy and skills base. FDs are an ideal stepping-stone qualification, which is seen as particularly suited to part-time learners in employment.

Following the successful first call for proposals where a number of FDs were given the go-ahead by the Programme Management Board, we are opening a second call for proposals. We are inviting institutions to submit a Project Idea Form (PIF) by 21st May 2010, which is aimed at providing the Programme Board with enough information to judge whether the submission of a detailed project delivery plan (PDP) is appropriate.

Please note the following ESF stipulations for the FD and WBL Programmes:

  1. Project participants (students) must be in (private sector) employment, and must live and/or work in the Convergence area of Wales
  2. Projects must address one or more of the following WAG Ministerial Advisory Group private sector priorities:

Energy; Environmental management; Telecoms & ICT; Bioscience; Health; Financial Services; Creative Industries; Automotive and Aerospace; Construction; Leisure and Tourism

For further information on the above, or on the funding process for the programme and to get the PIF template, please email the FD Programme Team

April 21, 2010

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» ESF-Funded Foundation Degrees - Second Call for Proposals Now Open

Funding Source: ESF Convergence Funding – Priority 3

Summary:

The University of Glamorgan’s Foundation Degree scheme is one of several multi-million pound HE initiatives at different stages of assessment that aim to deliver higher-level skills in line with the key Welsh sectors identified by WAG:

Foundation Degrees (FD) – Pan Wales: UOG-led

Work-Based Learning (WBL) – Pan Wales: UOG-led

Access to Masters (ATM) – West Wales & the Valleys: Swansea-led

Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships (KESS) – West Wales & the Valleys: Bangor-led

This is the first time that the Welsh HE sector has collaborated on such a scale, and it is hoped that this will result in a step-change in collaborative activity across the sector.

FD programme participants will obtain higher-level skills that will enhance their career opportunities, creating a long-term positive impact on the Welsh economy and skills base. FDs are an ideal stepping-stone qualification, which is seen as particularly suited to part-time learners in employment.

Following the successful first call for proposals where a number of FDs were given the go-ahead by the Programme Management Board, we are opening a second call for proposals. We are inviting institutions to submit a Project Idea Form (PIF) by 21st May 2010, which is aimed at providing the Programme Board with enough information to judge whether the submission of a detailed project delivery plan (PDP) is appropriate.

Please note the following ESF stipulations for the FD and WBL Programmes:

  1. Project participants (students) must be in (private sector) employment, and must live and/or work in the Convergence area of Wales
  2. Projects must address one or more of the following WAG Ministerial Advisory Group private sector priorities:

Energy; Environmental management; Telecoms & ICT; Bioscience; Health; Financial Services; Creative Industries; Automotive and Aerospace; Construction; Leisure and Tourism

For further information on the above, or on the funding process for the programme and to get the PIF template, please email the FD Programme Team

April 14, 2010

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» ESF-Funded Foundation Degrees - Second Call for Proposals Now Open

Funding Source: ESF Convergence Funding – Priority 3

Summary:

The University of Glamorgan’s Foundation Degree scheme is one of several multi-million pound HE initiatives at different stages of assessment that aim to deliver higher-level skills in line with the key Welsh sectors identified by WAG:

Foundation Degrees (FD) – Pan Wales: UOG-led

Work-Based Learning (WBL) – Pan Wales: UOG-led

Access to Masters (ATM) – West Wales & the Valleys: Swansea-led

Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships (KESS) – West Wales & the Valleys: Bangor-led

This is the first time that the Welsh HE sector has collaborated on such a scale, and it is hoped that this will result in a step-change in collaborative activity across the sector.

FD programme participants will obtain higher-level skills that will enhance their career opportunities, creating a long-term positive impact on the Welsh economy and skills base. FDs are an ideal stepping-stone qualification, which is seen as particularly suited to part-time learners in employment.

Following the successful first call for proposals where a number of FDs were given the go-ahead by the Programme Management Board, we are opening a second call for proposals. We are inviting institutions to submit a Project Idea Form (PIF) by 21st May 2010, which is aimed at providing the Programme Board with enough information to judge whether the submission of a detailed project delivery plan (PDP) is appropriate.

Please note the following ESF stipulations for the FD and WBL Programmes:

  1. Project participants (students) must be in (private sector) employment, and must live and/or work in the Convergence area of Wales
  2. Projects must address one or more of the following WAG Ministerial Advisory Group private sector priorities:

Energy; Environmental management; Telecoms & ICT; Bioscience; Health; Financial Services; Creative Industries; Automotive and Aerospace; Construction; Leisure and Tourism

For further information on the above, or on the funding process for the programme and to get the PIF template, please email the FD Programme Team

March 30, 2010

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» ESF-Funded Foundation Degrees - Second Call for Proposals Now Open

Funding Source: ESF Convergence Funding – Priority 3

Summary:

The University of Glamorgan’s Foundation Degree scheme is one of several multi-million pound HE initiatives at different stages of assessment that aim to deliver higher-level skills in line with the key Welsh sectors identified by WAG:

Foundation Degrees (FD) – Pan Wales: UOG-led

Work-Based Learning (WBL) – Pan Wales: UOG-led

Access to Masters (ATM) – West Wales & the Valleys: Swansea-led

Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships (KESS) – West Wales & the Valleys: Bangor-led

This is the first time that the Welsh HE sector has collaborated on such a scale, and it is hoped that this will result in a step-change in collaborative activity across the sector.

FD programme participants will obtain higher-level skills that will enhance their career opportunities, creating a long-term positive impact on the Welsh economy and skills base. FDs are an ideal stepping-stone qualification, which is seen as particularly suited to part-time learners in employment.

Following the successful first call for proposals where a number of FDs were given the go-ahead by the Programme Management Board, we are opening a second call for proposals. We are inviting institutions to submit a Project Idea Form (PIF) by 21st May 2010, which is aimed at providing the Programme Board with enough information to judge whether the submission of a detailed project delivery plan (PDP) is appropriate.

Please note the following ESF stipulations for the FD and WBL Programmes:

  1. Project participants (students) must be in (private sector) employment, and must live and/or work in the Convergence area of Wales
  2. Projects must address one or more of the following WAG Ministerial Advisory Group private sector priorities:

Energy; Environmental management; Telecoms & ICT; Bioscience; Health; Financial Services; Creative Industries; Automotive and Aerospace; Construction; Leisure and Tourism

For further information on the above, or on the funding process for the programme and to get the PIF template, please email the FD Programme Team

March 29, 2010

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» ESF-Funded Foundation Degrees - Second Call for Proposals Now Open

Funding Source: ESF Convergence Funding – Priority 3

Summary:

The University of Glamorgan’s Foundation Degree scheme is one of several multi-million pound HE initiatives at different stages of assessment that aim to deliver higher-level skills in line with the key Welsh sectors identified by WAG:

Foundation Degrees (FD) – Pan Wales: UOG-led

Work-Based Learning (WBL) – Pan Wales: UOG-led

Access to Masters (ATM) – West Wales & the Valleys: Swansea-led

Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships (KESS) – West Wales & the Valleys: Bangor-led

This is the first time that the Welsh HE sector has collaborated on such a scale, and it is hoped that this will result in a step-change in collaborative activity across the sector.

FD programme participants will obtain higher-level skills that will enhance their career opportunities, creating a long-term positive impact on the Welsh economy and skills base. FDs are an ideal stepping-stone qualification, which is seen as particularly suited to part-time learners in employment.

Following the successful first call for proposals where a number of FDs were given the go-ahead by the Programme Management Board, we are opening a second call for proposals. We are inviting institutions to submit a Project Idea Form (PIF) by 21st April 2010, which is aimed at providing the Programme Board with enough information to judge whether the submission of a detailed project delivery plan (PDP) is appropriate.

Please note the following ESF stipulations for the FD and WBL Programmes:

  1. Project participants (students) must be in (private sector) employment, and must live and/or work in the Convergence area of Wales
  2. Projects must address one or more of the following WAG Ministerial Advisory Group private sector priorities:

Energy; Environmental management; Telecoms & ICT; Bioscience; Health; Financial Services; Creative Industries; Automotive and Aerospace; Construction; Leisure and Tourism

For further information on the above, or on the funding process for the programme and to get the PIF template, please email the FD Programme Team

August 4, 2009

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» DEADLINE EXTENDED: ESF HE Funding Opportunities!

Due to substantial demand for funding under the various ESF HE funding schemes, the deadline for UOG staff has been extended. If you are interested in participating in any of the programmes below, please complete the brief two-page Project Idea Form (PIF) and return to Euro by Friday 28th August. Those who have already submitted PIFs do not need to re-apply.

The University’s European and External Resource Office recently held a workshop for academics to provide information on four collaborative programmes.

Work Based Learning (WBL) Foundation Degrees (FD) Access to Masters (ATM) Knowledge Exchange Student Scholarships (KESS)

These programmes will support the development and delivery of new ‘demand responsive’ tuition that range from taster and top up work-based learning to Foundation Degrees. In addition, Faculties can apply for student scholarships for taught Masters, as well as for research Masters and Phds.

In addition, support has been secured from the Welsh Assembly Government to establish the University of the Heads of the Valley’s Initiative (UHOVI). The collaborative initiative led by the University of Glamorgan and UW Newport will support disadvantaged communities in the Heads of Valley region to engage with and provide access to learning opportunities from non accredited provision right through to CQFW level 6.

Over a six-year period, the total funding available for these five programmes will exceed £140m.

This is an exciting opportunity for the University and one you will not want to miss!

Please see the presentations from the workshop below, which explain how to engage with and obtain project funding, including information on types of activities, target sectors, application process and reporting guidelines.

Further Information

Overview of ESF Projects

Project Idea Form

Application process, monitoring, timeline and Project Contact details

UHOVI Presentation – Julie Lydon, DVC

July 29, 2009

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» REMINDER: New funding opportunities for the Higher Education Sector

The deadline is this Friday! If you are interested in participating in any of the programmes below, please complete the brief two-page Project Idea Form and return to Euro by 31 July 2009.

The University’s European and External Resource Office recently held a workshop for academics to provide information on four collaborative programmes.

Work Based Learning (WBL) Foundation Degrees (FD) Access to Masters (ATM) Knowledge Exchange Student Scholarships (KESS)

These programmes will support the development and delivery of new ‘demand responsive’ tuition that range from taster and top up work-based learning to Foundation Degrees right through to research and taught Masters and Phds.

In addition, support has been secured from the Welsh Assembly Government to establish the University of the Heads of the Valley’s Initiative (UHOVI). The collaborative initiative led by the University of Glamorgan and UW Newport will support disadvantaged communities in the Heads of Valley region to engage with and provide access to learning opportunities from non accredited provision right through to CQFW level 6.

Over a six-year period, the total funding available for these five programmes will exceed £140m.

This is an exciting opportunity for the University and one you will not want to miss!

Please see the presentations from the workshop below, which explain how to engage with and obtain project funding, including information on types of activities, target sectors, application process and reporting guidelines.

Further Information

Overview of ESF Projects

Project Idea Form

Application process, monitoring, timeline and Project Contact details

UHOVI Presentation – Julie Lydon, DVC

» University leads on new Foundation Degree programme

This week, the Welsh Assembly Government announced the funding for the University of Glamorgan’s Foundation Degree (FD) scheme. The Foundation Degree scheme is an investment of £16.5m in the skills base of the Convergence area (West Wales and the Valleys). The Foundation Degree scheme will be part-funded by the European Social Fund (ESF).

In response to the Welsh Assembly Government’s ambition to fund large strategic projects in the new European Programmes for 2007-13, the Higher Education Sector in Wales agreed to develop a range of collaborative projects that could be delivered on a pan-Wales basis.

The University of Glamorgan’s Foundation Degree scheme is one of several multi-million pound HE initiatives at different stages of assessment that aim to deliver higher-level skills in line with the key Welsh sectors identified by WAG:

• Foundation Degrees (FD) – Pan Wales: UOG-led

• Work-Based Learning (WBL) – Pan Wales: UOG-led

• Access to Masters (ATM) – West Wales & the Valleys: Swansea-led

• Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships (KESS) – West Wales & the Valleys: Bangor-led

This is the first time that the Welsh HE sector has collaborated on such a scale, and it is hoped that this will result in a step-change in collaborative activity across the sector.

FD programme participants will obtain higher-level skills that will enhance their career opportunities, creating a long-term positive impact on the Welsh economy and skills base. FDs are an ideal stepping-stone qualification, which is seen as particularly suited to part-time learners in employment.

In the current economic climate, it is imperative that HEIs find new ways to effectively meet demand and ensure that future planned provision is suitable, feasible, and acceptable to stakeholders. Training which is targeted to meet the needs of industry is required now, more than ever. The FD scheme will help provide higher-level skills that will place Welsh industry in a strong position in time for the economic recovery.

Over the past 2 years, the University’s European and External Resource Office (EuRO) has been responsible for co-ordinating this proposal. This has involved lengthy consultation with a wide variety of stakeholders, the setting-up of a Steering Group and Programme Board, and negotiations with the Welsh Assesmbly’s Welsh European Funding Office (WEFO). EuRO will now manage this programme, setting up a Programme Management Unit for this purpose.

Martyn Jeffries, Head of the European and External Resource Office at the University of Glamorgan, said: “The University of Glamorgan is proud to be leading the Foundation Degree scheme on behalf of the HE sector, and the wider partnership, in particular the FE sector.”

“This is one of a number of programmes which have been carefully designed by the HE sector to provide a whole suite of demand-responsive courses aimed at meeting the requirements of emerging and growing industries in the Welsh economy.”

“We are hoping to get the other HE sector programmes up and running in the coming months, in order to make a real impact during this difficult economic time.”

If you are a member of staff who would like further information on how you can obtain ESF funding for Foundation Degree curriculum development or delivery, please contact Clare Hepple

July 21, 2009

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» University leads on new Foundation Degree programme

This week, the Welsh Assembly Government announced the funding for the University of Glamorgan’s Foundation Degree (FD) scheme. The Foundation Degree scheme is an investment of £16.5m in the skills base of the Convergence area (West Wales and the Valleys). The Foundation Degree scheme will be part-funded by the European Social Fund (ESF).

In response to the Welsh Assembly Government’s ambition to fund large strategic projects in the new European Programmes for 2007-13, the Higher Education Sector in Wales agreed to develop a range of collaborative projects that could be delivered on a pan-Wales basis.

The University of Glamorgan’s Foundation Degree scheme is one of several multi-million pound HE initiatives at different stages of assessment that aim to deliver higher-level skills in line with the key Welsh sectors identified by WAG:

• Foundation Degrees (FD) – Pan Wales: UOG-led

• Work-Based Learning (WBL) – Pan Wales: UOG-led

• Access to Masters (ATM) – West Wales & the Valleys: Swansea-led

• Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships (KESS) – West Wales & the Valleys: Bangor-led

This is the first time that the Welsh HE sector has collaborated on such a scale, and it is hoped that this will result in a step-change in collaborative activity across the sector.

FD programme participants will obtain higher-level skills that will enhance their career opportunities, creating a long-term positive impact on the Welsh economy and skills base. FDs are an ideal stepping-stone qualification, which is seen as particularly suited to part-time learners in employment.

In the current economic climate, it is imperative that HEIs find new ways to effectively meet demand and ensure that future planned provision is suitable, feasible, and acceptable to stakeholders. Training which is targeted to meet the needs of industry is required now, more than ever. The FD scheme will help provide higher-level skills that will place Welsh industry in a strong position in time for the economic recovery.

Over the past 2 years, the University’s European and External Resource Office (EuRO) has been responsible for co-ordinating this proposal. This has involved lengthy consultation with a wide variety of stakeholders, the setting-up of a Steering Group and Programme Board, and negotiations with the Welsh Assesmbly’s Welsh European Funding Office (WEFO). EuRO will now manage this programme, setting up a Programme Management Unit for this purpose.

Martyn Jeffries, Head of the European and External Resource Office at the University of Glamorgan, said: “The University of Glamorgan is proud to be leading the Foundation Degree scheme on behalf of the HE sector, and the wider partnership, in particular the FE sector.”

“This is one of a number of programmes which have been carefully designed by the HE sector to provide a whole suite of demand-responsive courses aimed at meeting the requirements of emerging and growing industries in the Welsh economy.”

“We are hoping to get the other HE sector programmes up and running in the coming months, in order to make a real impact during this difficult economic time.”

If you are a member of staff who would like further information on how you can obtain ESF funding for Foundation Degree curriculum development or delivery, please contact Clare Hepple