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85% of Welsh students 'satisfied' with their education experience

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More than 8 out of 10 of students in Wales are satisfied with their overall higher education experience according to the latest survey of universities and further education colleges.

The National Student Survey (NSS) is in its eleventh year.

It is positive that student satisfaction remains high and we are seeing improvements across many areas of the NSS - and particularly that students are increasingly satisfied with the work their students’ unions are doing in Wales, with Welsh unions now outperforming the UK as a whole.

But we remain acutely aware Wales continues to lag behind the rest of the UK in many areas. Genuine partnership between institutions and their students is the route to improved student satisfaction.

– Beth Button, NUS Wales President


£89 million for traineeships in Wales

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Deputy Minister for Skills and Technology, Julie James, says the EU has approved funding of £28 million towards the investment.

She says it will provide support for 24,762 young people over the next four years.

Our Traineeship Programme helps young people who want to work but need that extra helping hand. 68% of learners who left the Traineeships programmes in 2013-14 had a positive progression into employment or learning at a higher level

– Julie James, Deputy Minister for Skills and Technology


Wales captain Warburton adds new cap to his collection

The 25-year-old Cardiff Blues star received an Honorary Fellowship for his outstanding sporting achievements. Credit: Cardiff University

Wales captain Sam Warburton added yet another cap to his collection today, but this time it was off the field.

The 25 year old picked up an Honorary Fellowship from Cardiff University in recognition of his 'outstanding sporting achievements.'

I hope I can be seen as proof to other young people that if you work hard and remain committed, you can achieve your goals. It's been great to soak up the graduation atmosphere with hundreds of students who've worked hard to achieve theirs.

– Sam Warburton

The Cardiff Blues star attended the university as a student after finishing his A-Levels, but left to pursue his rugby career after a year. He now holds the record for most caps for Wales as captain, having led the side on 35 occasions.

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