Please find below email sent on behalf of Amanda Wilkinson, Director Higher Education Wales.


Committee Inquiry: Making Laws in the Fourth Assembly


Please find a brief response from Higher Education Wales as the body responsible for representing the interests of universities in Wales including the Open University in Wales.

HEW currently anticipates that the Welsh Government will introduce a Higher Education (Wales) Bill, proposing major regulatory reforms in May 2014.  In reviewing future legislative arrangements, the Committee may wish to take into account the following observations in relation to our involvement with the legislative process prior to the formal introduction of the Bill:





In our view further consideration of process issues in relation to each of the above would serve to strengthen the legislative process, and avoid unnecessary consideration of issues by the National Assembly for Wales which could have been addressed more effectively at a pre-legislative stage.