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The strategic authority for overseeing all aspects of Tertiary Education and Research in Wales.

The Tertiary Education and Research (Wales) Act establishes CTER, a new Welsh Government sponsored body, and dissolves the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW).  The intention is to establish the Commission in 2023 who will be responsible for the strategy, funding and oversight of the following sectors:

  • Further education (FE), including colleges and school sixth-forms
  • Higher education (HE), including research and innovation
  • Adult education and adult community learning
  • Apprenticeships and training

Responsibilities

  • Protecting the interests of learners, ensuring vocational and academic learning are equally valued
  • align education and training more closely with the needs of employers
  • monitor performance and governance whilst protecting the academic freedom of institutions
  • monitor and promote improvement in education and training providers
  • take a whole system approach to research and innovation funding with an ability to provide funding to a wide range of HE and FE institutions
  • to increase the availability of Welsh-medium tertiary education and to encourage individuals to learn through the medium of Welsh.

Tertiary Education and Research (Wales) Act

The Bill was Introduced into the Senedd on the 1 November 2021 and became law on the 08 September 2022.

Tertiary Education and Research - Strategic Vision

The strategic vision seeks to build on the strengths of Wales’s Tertiary Education sector to better meet the challenges and opportunities ahead.

Background

The Welsh Government commissioned Professor Ellen Hazelkorn to undertake a review of the governance, regulation and oversight of post-compulsory education in Wales. The report contained two primary recommendations:

  • develop an overarching vision for the PCET sector
  • establish a new arm’s-length body responsible for the oversight, strategic direction and leadership of the sector.

Consultations

Following the review, a White Paper was issued in 2017: Public Good and a Prosperous Wales.

This was followed by a technical consultation, Public Good and a Prosperous Wales: the next steps, which closed on 17 July 2018.

On the 14 July 2020, The Welsh Government published the Tertiary Education and Research (Wales) Bill in draft for consultation. The consultation closed on 4 December 2020. A summary of responses were published on 25 February 2021.

Contact us

If you require further information or guidance, please contact us at CTER@gov.wales