The Tertiary Education and Research (Wales) Bill was laid before the Senedd on 01 November 2021. The Member in Charge is the Minister for Education and Welsh Language.
The Bill dissolves the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW) and creates a new Welsh Government Sponsored Body to be known as the Commission for Tertiary Education and Research (CTER).
This body will be responsible for the funding, oversight and regulation of tertiary education and research in Wales.
Tertiary education encompasses post-compulsory education and includes higher education, further education, apprenticeships, 6th forms and adult community learning. At present HEFCW regulates and provides funding for higher education, whilst Welsh Government does so for the other tertiary education sectors – the Commission will combine these activities into one body.
The Bill and Explanatory Memorandum are published on the Senedd website.
Our Bill Summary summarises these documents.
Article by Phil Boshier, Senedd Research, Welsh Parliament