MEDEV in Wales

Dr Aidan Byrne, University of Wales, Swansea, has been appointed MEDEV Country Consultant for Wales and can be contacted via email at

Key government departments for Wales

Higher Education Organisations in Wales

Higher Education Wales (HEW) represents the higher education sector in Wales and is the national council in Wales of Universities UK. Publications include:

  • Higher Education in Wales; Meeting the Needs of Wales (2001)
  • Working for Wales (2002)

The Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW) promotes internationally excellent higher education in Wales. Activities in relation to learning and teaching include:

The Quality Assurance Agency in Wales undertakes Developmental Review (from 2007-8) – replacing a process of Institutional Review

The Higher Education Academy (HE Academy) works in support of the higher education sector in Wales with a Welsh Institutional Liaison Group, and the Senior Adviser for Wales. Work is undertaken in partnership with HEW, HEFCW and the Department for Education, Lifelong Learning and Skills, in addition to visiting individual institutions, to ensure that the Academy meets the needs of the Welsh Higher Education sector.

The ‘Devolution and Divergence: Health and Social Care in the UK’ conference hosted by the Schools of Healthcare Studies and Nursing and Midwifery Studies at Cardiff University, held at Cardiff City Hall (November 30th – December 1st 2009), sought to take stock of the situation that has developed in the 4 countries post Devolution. The conference was sponsored by the HE Academy and four subject centres. Papers and poster presentations are no longer available.

The National Union of Students in Wales (NUS Wales) is an autonomous 'special region' of NUS UK, setting its own policy, electing its own executive committee, and campaigning on the issues that affect students studying in Wales.

Medical schools/departments

This section provides a starting point for prospective undergraduate and postgraduate students wishing to know more about studying medicine at one of Wales's two regional Medical Schools.

Cardiff University

Swansea University


Dental school/department

This section provides a starting point for prospective undergraduates and postgraduates wishing to know more about studying dentistry at Wales's only regional Dental School.

Cardiff University


Further information

Education and Skills

Education and Skills in Wales are the responsibility of the Department for Children, Education, Lifelong Learning and Skills (DCELLS), within the Welsh Assembly Government. 

Specific information about Higher Education (HE) in Wales is available here.  This page provides information on the following topics:

  • Student financial support
  • Living costs while studying
  • Maintenance loan
  • Tuition fees
  • Tuition fee loan
  • Tuition fee grant
  • Tuition fee grant and assembly learning grant
  • Financial assistnace to support adult learning
  • Assembly learning grant for higher education (ALG)
  • Financial contingency fund
  • Part-time higher education
  • Extra help for students with special circumstances
  • Disable student allownace
  • Childcare support
  • Adult dependants grants
  • Transport costs
  • Further information

For further information on student finance in Wales please visit the Student Finance Wales website.

Other useful links inlcude:

Latest news from Wales

Latest events from Wales

    There are currently no open events in Wales

Latest fundops from Wales

    There are currently no open fundops in Wales

Latest resources from Wales

01 Newsletter

01.22 articles

PLATO: llwyfan e-ddysgu unigol ar gyfer meddygon sy’n hyfforddi yng Nghymru (PLATO: a single eLearning platform for doctors in training inWales)

Dr Peter Donnelly, Sub Dean; Paul Kirk, eLearning Unit BusinessManager; Joel Benson, Electronic Resources Officer; Professor Derek Gallen, Dean, Postgraduate Deanery,Wales, Cardiff University.

Profiad Clinigol cynnar drwy LOCS (Early clinical experience through LOCS)

Dr Aidan Byrne, Programme Director, Graduate EntryMedicine; Jane Terret, UndergraduateManager; Jess Griffiths, Learning Technologist; Dr Steve Allen, Reader in Paediatrics, School ofMedicine, Swansea University

Both articles are available in either a separate Welsh pdf or the full newsletter pdf.

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