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The Cabinet Secretary for Education has responded to Professor Ellen Hazelkorn’s report on a ‘framework for building a world-class post-compulsory education system’.
‘For Our Future - The 21st Century Higher Education Strategy and Plan for Wales’ builds upon and replaces 'Reaching Higher'.
The guidance sets out the Ministers' expectations of Higher Education Funding Council for Wales in fulfilling its role of approving and enforcing tuition fee plans.
Providers seeking to be designated as institutions for the purpose of the Higher Education (Wales) Act 2015 must apply, in writing, to the Welsh Government.
Two Higher Education Graduates

The Welsh Government supports a strong and varied Higher Education sector in Wales.

Information about our policies for the sector can be found in this section of the website.

We fund the Higher Education (HE) sector in Wales though the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW), with support for students being provided by Student Finance Wales.

This is a delivery partnership in which the Welsh Government, the Student Loans Company, local authorities and Further and Higher Education Institutions in Wales each have their respective roles in the development of policy, promotion, assessment and payment of grants and loans to students.

Our policy document 'For our future' details our 21st Century HE strategy and plan for Wales. It is based on a vision of a HE community which, through the combined efforts of its members, transforms lives and livelihoods across Wales. It seeks to deliver social justice and support for a buoyant economy.