Today marks exactly 100 years since the start of The Great War, leaving behind both positive and negative influences that are still felt today.
The government’s higher education funding system has been seen to further unravel this week. The cross-party Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) Select Committee has published a damning report – raising real questions about the sustainability of student loans, and advising that an “urgent review of the sustainability of the system” is needed before government can go ahead and expand the system further.
New analysis finds that more than one third of Team Scotland athletes are Scottish university students or graduates
A student who has turned her life around after spending time in prison has won the “Endsleigh Student of the Year” award at the National Union of Students Awards.
Mandela Day on 18 July 2014 celebrates the extraordinary life and impact of Nelson Mandela, calling for everyone to change the world for the better.
The Myerscough College board of governors is conferring an honorary college fellowship on Sal Cooke in recognition of her ‘outstanding career in the use of pioneering technology, particularly within the education sector.’
This is the highest honour that the college can bestow and is given to inspirational people from the world of business, sport, entertainment and education.
Professor Stephanie Marshall, chief executive of the Higher Education Academy, said:
“This fellowship is very well-deserved and I’m delighted that Sal has been recognised in this way. I have worked closely with her over the years and her commitment and enthusiasm is second to none. Through Sal’s leadership Jisc TechDis has made a remarkable impact on the learning experience of thousands of students and I congratulate her on this achievement.”
Sal has taught in schools, further and higher education. In the early 1980s, she was seconded as the curriculum manager for the Yorkshire and Humber regional centre where she was to introduce technology to the curriculum of further education colleges as technology moved from the BBC computers to the first PCs.
As a result of the success of this project, Sal was seconded to Becta and subsequently other organisations, where she worked with partners such as the BBC, the funding councils and the Learning & Teaching Subject Network (a precursor of the Higher Education Academy). This led to working at the Department of Education and Skills as an adviser where she was integral to the creation of the e-learning strategies in higher and further education.
In 2000 Sal was asked to sit on one of the Jisc committees and took a lead role in the formation of the Jisc Regional Support Centres and was chair of their UK board for the first three years. Sal became the director of Jisc TechDis, the Jisc advisory service that provides advice on technologies for inclusion, when it re-located to the Higher Education Academy office in York ten years ago. Sal continues to bring vision, energy and enthusiasm to the role, working to promote the use of technology for independent learning, working and living, wherever she can. This includes more recently, within the charity sector, as currently she is a serving trustee of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds.
Stephen Rigby, Chairman of Myerscough College Corporation, presented Sal with her fellowship at the Myerscough higher education presentation of awards ceremony which took place on the afternoon of Thursday 10 July 2014. Sal said:
“I was quite overwhelmed and pleasantly shocked when I received the letter from Myerscough. I feel that although this is a tremendous honour, I have to acknowledge that much of what I have achieved is down to the excellent teams and colleagues that I have had the pleasure of working with, throughout my long and varied career."
As part of our ongoing feature, Women Leading the Way, NUS.org.uk spoke to Camila Batmanghelidjh, Founder of Kids Company, to discuss its new campaign 'See The Child' and her experiences as a woman leader.
AAAS and Jisc are pleased to announce an agreement which will give researchers, teachers and learners free access to over 100 years of peer-reviewed scientific news, commentary and cutting-edge research.
The Science Classic archive will be available to staff and students in UK higher and further education and the research councils.
Founded in the late 19th century on $10,000 of seed money from the American inventor Thomas Edison, Science is now the largest paid circulation peer-reviewed general-science journal. The archive runs from its 1880 foundation until the online version was launched in 1997 and includes historically significant articles on the human genome, breast and colon cancer genes, and the Bose-Einstein condensate in physics.
Lorraine Estelle, executive director digital resources, Jisc and divisional CEO Jisc Collections said:
“With this agreement Jisc is pleased to be able to make more high quality research available free of charge to researchers, teachers and learners in UK universities and colleges. This purchase will save institutions money and increase the ability of institutions to provide their users with the best materials for research, teaching and learning.
It also adds to the significant investment that Jisc has already made in journal archives for UK institutions over the last decade, adding over 160,000 articles to a collection of over 3.75million articles already purchased on behalf of institutions.”
Beth Rosner, the publisher of Science, said:
“We are very pleased to provide researchers in the United Kingdom with access to the Science Classic archive, which delivers peer-reviewed scientific research and commentary from 1880 until 1996. Our partnership with Jisc will help advance the research capabilities at UK institutions of higher and further education by providing full-text access to this prestigious source of research knowledge.”
Brazil is well known for its footballing accomplishments, but its student movement is also succeeding in bringing about positive change for Brazilian students.
On 21 and 22 August, the National Union of Students (NUS) and Amnesty International will host a special two-day summit for student journalists.
The 20 winners of this year’s Summer of Student Innovation competition have been announced today.
Winning teams will develop digital technologies to improve every aspect of students’ experience, from work-planning and making sure they eat well to improving exam performance and boosting employability.
The winning students will each receive an award of £5,000 from Jisc to develop their ideas into tools that can be used by fellow students, colleges and universities. They’ll also attend a series of summer schools to help them develop their project management and entrepreneurial skills and give them an opportunity to learn from experts in digital technology.
Dr John Shemilt, director of ICT, Imperial and Summer of Student Innovation steering group member said:
“It is fantastic to see such great ideas put forward this year, building on the success of last year’s competition. It gives a real insight into what the students see as important. I’m looking forward to the autumn showcase event, it will be rewarding to see how these ideas have grown and been developed by the students.”
The competition attracted dozens of entries from further education, undergraduate and postgraduate students and 8,400 votes from 160 institutions as their peers voted on the Jisc Elevator website.
The winning ideas will be developed over the summer and presented to universities and colleges later in the year. This will give the students a chance to pitch their ideas and offer individual universities and colleges an early opportunity to adopt these new technologies.
This is the second time the Summer of Student Innovation competition has been run. A number of the 2013 winners have successfully developed their concepts and have seen them start to take off both in the UK and overseas: several of these have been selected by Jisc to receive further development support. Call for Participants’ Matt Terrell comments:
“We are just adding the finishing touches to the new website being launched late this summer, while fast approaching another milestone - registered users from 200 different institutions. The grant enabled us to speed up our development process, and working with Jisc has provided us with many useful connections.
I am very excited about this year’s competition winners as there are some interesting ideas and innovations, many of which I can see being adopted by students and institution staff as early as next year, if not before.”
The Summer of Student Innovation is managed by Jisc and is a co-design project with Research Libraries UK (RLUK), Russell Universities’ Group of IT Directors (RUGIT), the Society of College, National and University Libraries (SCONUL), Universities and Colleges Information Systems Association (UCISA) and the Association for Learning Technology (ALT).
Last night Loughborough University were announced as the winners of the Departmental ICT Initiative of the Year, sponsored by Jisc, at the Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards 2014.
The awards, announced by the evening’s host, comedian Rob Brydon, celebrate the extraordinary innovation, teamwork and commercial acumen of UK higher education institutions, from HR to estates and finance to fundraising.
Loughborough University’s winning entry came from their school of aeronautical, automotive, chemical and materials engineering. The team used information and communications technology to transform its student placement process to improve its efficiency and provide a better student experience.
An 18 month project started in 2012 to upgrade the university’s in-house Co-Tutor platform and develop a set of standard digital forms. After a series of consultations with staff and students, a ‘service blueprint’ was developed that outlined how the school would use ICT to improve its placement processes.
Co-Tutor now keeps placement information in an organised central repository, monitors the submission of health and safety forms, makes allocating placement supervisors quick and easy, and ensures that placement information is kept in line with the Data Protection Act. To date, it has facilitated more than 700 industrial placements.
Martyn Harrow, Jisc’s chief executive and a member of the judging panel, said:
“In a strong ﬁeld, Loughborough’s entry stood out as best meeting the brief and demonstrating impressive results.
The judges particularly recognised the imaginative yet highly systematic approach to collaboration between staff, students and developers that drove the success.”
Professor Morag Bell, pro vice-chancellor (teaching) at Loughborough University, said:
“We are delighted that Loughborough has received this prestigious award. It recognises the way in which different parts of the university work in partnership to develop the efficiency of our processes and provide an enhanced service to our students.”
See the full list of award winners on the Times Higher Leadership and Management Awards 2014 website.
In the 20 years of its existence, Fairtrade has certified thousands products - even footballs, flowers and beauty creams. NUS.org.uk spoke to the Schools team at the Fairtrade Foundation to find out how thousands of students in the UK have strengthened the Fairtrade movement.
Jisc response to the recommendations from the Further Education Learning Technology Action Group (FELTAG) report
Jisc welcomes the publication of the Government response to the independent report, produced by the Further Education Learning Technology Action Group (FELTAG), encouraging innovation in the use of technology by the UK further education system.
Matthew Hancock, Minister of State for Skills and Enterprise, explains in the executive summary that the aim of the report is to remove the obstacles for providers to harness digital technologies. This is so they are able to potentially 'engage more learners, improve the learning experience and enhance [their own] effectiveness and efficiency'.
Nigel Ecclesfield, head of change implementation support programmes – further education and skills at Jisc, said:
“We look forward to working with the Education & Training Foundation and sector membership partners through our experts, services and technological infrastructure to transform the UK’s digital learning experience.
“Working together across the sector we will contribute to the developments sought by FELTAG in particular across technology horizon scanning, investment and capital infrastructure, relationships between the further education community and employers, engaging learners, access and inclusion.
“Through this work we’ll help providers, learners and the sector workforce improve their use and implementation of digital technologies across all aspects of the FE and skills sector.”
Jisc is closely involved in the work with Educational Technology Advisory Group (ETAG) working with both the Department for Education and BIS as well as HE and FE stakeholders contributing our detailed knowledge of the higher education sector to that already provided for FELTAG on FE and skills.
Do you know a young person, a project or an organisation that has excelled in empowering young people? Nominate them for a Youth on Board Award!
Jisc and the National Crime Agency (NCA) are today reminding UK computer users that there is still time to protect themselves from the GoZeuS and CryptoLocker malicious software (malware) threats.
On Monday 2 June, the NCA announced that an international operation had temporarily weakened the global network of infected computers, providing a two–week opportunity for members of the public to rid themselves of the malware and help prevent future infection.
That two week period ends at Midnight on Tuesday 17 June. Before then, individuals and businesses can take full advantage of the criminal network’s relative weakness by updating security software, running system scans, and checking that computer operating systems are up to date.
Those in the education and research sector can find tailored information on the Janet Computer Security and Incident Response Team (CSIRT) blog.
Andy Archibald, head of the national cyber crime unit, NCA, said:
“This is about taking a few simple steps to keep your money and personal information in your hands, rather than those of international criminals. While there is never a bad time to maximise your online security, and it is something we should all do regularly, acting now can provide unprecedented levels of protection from these types of malware. If you haven’t already, we urge individuals and small businesses alike to take action this weekend.”
Tim Marshall, executive director technology and infrastructure, Jisc and divisional CEO Janet, said:
“The internet is crucial to modern life and particularly to those in the education and research sector. So we are pleased to work with the NCA to help make digital technologies for education and research safer.”
Members of the public who think they have lost money through malware such as GoZeuS and CryptoLocker should report it.
This week, World Oceans Day is being celebrated worldwide to raise awareness of the importance of ocean protection. Sustainable fishing includes our responsibility to buy sustainable fish, and there are some great tips on what to look out for.