Policy Forum for Wales

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Next steps for research and innovation in Wales - Government strategy - stakeholder priorities - collaboration - the workforce and talent pipeline - investment - priorities for the Commission for Tertiary Education Research

May 2023

Price: £95 PLUS VAT

This conference discussed the next steps for developing research and innovation in Wales.

It was an opportunity for key stakeholders and policymakers to examine the Welsh Government’s Innovation strategy for Wales, updated in February to include key missions focused on education, the economy, health and wellbeing, the climate, and nature.

We expected discussion to focus on the strategy’s objectives, as well as concerns highlighted in the draft’s consultation responses and how they can be addressed, in areas such as:

  • funding priorities
  • the role of entrepreneurs and SMEs
  • specific targets and methods for measuring progress
  • future skills, such as those in the green, digital, and health and social care sectors

Delegates also assessed what more is needed to implement the new strategy, and its impact on HEIs, research bodies, industry and businesses, and wider society.

Further sessions examined priorities for the newly formed Commission for Tertiary Education and Research (CTER), responsible for FE, HE, adult learning, and apprenticeships and training, as well as funding R&I and HEIs in Wales in the context of the dissolution of the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales.

We are pleased to have been able to include keynote sessions with Abi Phillips, the Welsh Government’s Head of Innovation; Dr Lewis Dean, Head of Wales Innovation Network; and Harriet Barnes, Director of Policy and Funding, Higher Education Funding Council for Wales.

Overall, the agenda included discussion on:

  • the Innovation Strategy: measuring success - delivering on the strategy’s missions
  • collaboration and inclusivity: promoting partnerships between academia, businesses and policymakers - addressing regional disparities - disseminating benefits of R&I across Wales
  • funding: assessing priorities for the new CTER - replacing European Structural Funds - ensuring a fair share of UK funding
  • workforce priorities: investing in future skills - developing talent pipelines in R&I - life-long learning, skills development and apprenticeships - connections with FE and post-primary institutions

The conference was an opportunity for stakeholders to consider the issues alongside key policy officials who attended from DBT; Defra; DLUHC; GO-Science; IPO; and the Welsh Government - as well as by parliamentary pass-holders from both Houses of Parliament.

This pack includes

  • Dropbox video recording of the conference
  • PDF transcript of the discussion, including all speaker remarks and Q&A
  • PDFs of speakers' slide material (subject to permission)
  • PDFs of the delegate pack, including speaker biographies and attendee list
  • PDFs of delegate articles