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Greg Wade

Programme Manager
Universities UK (Confirmed)

Greg Wade is a programme manager at Universities UK leading on Innovation, growth, employability and skills. This work includes the Higher Education Innovation Fund, the economic impact of universities, English devolution and local growth, supply and demand for graduates and degree apprenticeships. During his career at Universities UK Greg has led policy in areas such as leadership, management and governance, teaching and learning, teacher education and better regulation. Before joining us Greg worked as a policy adviser in the predecessor to GuildHE, the Standing Conference of Principles leading on areas that included quality, estates, human resources and international issues. Greg started his career as a quality assurance officer at the University of Surrey where for seven years he was involved in administering external examining reports, internal course validation and external accreditation as well as servicing numerous university and faculty committees and managing audit and quality assessment visits. Greg also supported the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) submission. Greg was an audit secretary for five institutional quality audit visits.

  • Conducting the ‘Review of Skills’ to help identify the successful practices and challenges in linking academic skills with future employment practices
  • Informing universities, e​mployers and policy makers on what are the current opportunities for graduates
  • Maximising future recruitment opportunities for students to pave their way to the job market
  • Highlighting the importance of  work experience programmes, the rise of ‘graduate attributes’ frameworks, the critical role of careers services
  • Increasing employer engagement in course design and delivery and initiatives to meet local skills requirements and potentially enhance local graduate retention