Wales HE STEM Celebration Event – Wednesday 13th June 2012, Cardiff Bay

The event took place on Wednesday 13th June to celebrate the projects undertaken in Wales by universities and their partners as part of the National HE STEM Programme (Higher Education Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). It had two main elements:

  • Themed presentations in the Victor Salvi Room, Wales Millennium Centre, from 13:00 – 17:30
  • Reception and exhibition in The Senedd from 17:30 – 19:00
  • Michael Grove, Programme Director, National HE STEM Programme, and Phil Gummett, Chief Executive, HEFCW, opened the afternoon event which had the following themes:

    • Student transition to HE (including outreach and widening participation)
    • Graduate skills
    • Workforce up-skilling
    • Working with employers


    In addition, the new publication Embedded Employability: A guide to enhancing the university curriculum was launched by Dr Robert Leese, Director, Smith Institute for Industrial Mathematics, and Professor Noel Lloyd, former Vice-Chancellor, Aberystwyth University.


    The individual presentations for the afternoon session are available to download:


    Jane Artess, HECSU, here

    Martin Brunnock, Tata Steel, here

    Duncan Lawson, Sigma, Coventry University here

    Robert Leese, Smith Institute for Industrial Mathematics, here

    Kath Maddy and Laura Roberts, Strategic Regional Working with Schools and Colleges, here

    Leslie Rees, Cardiff University Placements Toolkit, here

    Alan Shore, Workforce Up-skilling in Photonics, here

    Peter Treadwell, Engaging with Employers, here

    The reception and exhibition in The Senedd was sponsored by David Rees AM and hosted by Professor Richard B Davies, Vice-Chancellor, Swansea University.  The exhibition included stands providing information on HE STEM projects in Wales by theme and on the work of the professional body partners in the National HE STEM Programme. Following an opening speech by Professor Davies, speeches were made by David Rees AM and the Minister for Business, Enterprise, Technology and Science, Mrs Edwina Hart CBE.  The Minister then awarded prizes to the winners of the Cutting Edge STEM Poster competition which was open to early career researchers in STEM departments in Wales.

    Wales Institute of Mathematical and Computatuional Sciences