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Network Rail deems ‘Liar Liar’ billboards too political and removes images

Nus Org - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 16:08

The second stage of NUS' national ad campaign has been thwarted by Network Rail who hastily removed the image attached from billboards last night, after they were deemed ‘too political’.

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How can IT professionals make the step into leadership roles?

JISC news - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 15:38
24 April 2015

Last year, Jisc began work with EDUCAUSE - the US organisation for IT professionals in higher education - to find out the skillset of the CIO of the future. 

One of the findings of our project was that many aspiring technology leaders find it difficult to make the step up. Louisa Dale, director Jisc group sector intelligence, talks us through some of the learnings and opens a call for IT professionals to get involved in the next phase of work.

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Scotland's higher education sector to pay staff the living wage

Universities Scotland news - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 09:51
The Principals of Scotland's 19 higher education institutions have confirmed that they intend to pay the living wage to staff. Each Principal confirmed their intention to pay the living wage at their institution during Universities Scotland's Committee of Principals on Wednesday, 15 April 2015. Every member of staff covered by collective pay agreements at Scotland's 19 higher education institutions will be paid the living wage for the foreseeable future. The issue, along with other fair work issues, has been under consideration for a significant period and the sector has been working constructively with unions at a UK-level over the last year. Universities Scotland and the Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) have discussed this on multiple occasions. The STUC as well as the major unions recognised by Scotland's higher education institutions have been advised of this decision.The intention of every institution in the sector to pay the living wage for the foreseeable future is sincerely meant but it as far as the sector is able to commit at present given the unpredictable nature of annual increases in the living wage and uncertainty in higher education funding. The Principals of Scotland's 19 higher education institutions have confirmed that they intend to pay the living wage to staff. Each Principal confirmed their intention to pay the living wage at their institution during Universities Scotland's Committee of Principals on Wednesday, 15 April 2015. Every member of staff covered by collective pay agreements at Scotland's 19 higher education institutions will be paid the living wage for the foreseeable future. The issue, along with other fair work issues, has been under consideration for a significant period and the sector has been working constructively with unions at a UK-level over the last year. Universities Scotland and the Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) have discussed this on multiple occasions. The STUC as well as the major unions recognised by Scotland's higher education institutions have been advised of this decision.The intention of every institution in the sector to pay the living wage for the foreseeable future is sincerely meant but it as far as the sector is able to commit at present given the unpredictable nature of annual increases in the living wage and uncertainty in higher education funding.
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When I'm old enough, will I waste my vote?

Nus Org - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 16:58

I can’t vote until next year and I’m bitterly disappointed. But once I get the vote, will I exercise it or will I be like nearly six in ten of UK 18-24 year olds who chose not to vote in the 2010 general election?

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UK universities save over £1.38bn but more must be done to remain competitive, claims new report

JISC news - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 13:28
23 April 2015

A new report on the potential of collaboration and shared services in UK higher education (HE) launches this week from Loughborough University and the Efficiency Exchange – the service operated by Universities UK (UUK) in partnership with Jisc, Leadership Foundation and HEFCE.

Praise is given to the efficiency savings achieved by universities, estimated at £1.38bn between 2005 and 2011, and the adoption of shared services have made a vital contribution to this sum. However, there is a clear message that UK HE must do more to emulate the business world and further embrace a culture of collaboration if it is to remain competitive on an international stage.

As next steps, the report highlights the opportunities for universities to streamline processes and create new efficiencies across internal departments, and with other institutions.

Martin Hamilton, futurist at Jisc, says:

“We welcome this report, which shows our sector is awake to the excellent opportunities that come with sharing functions, facilities and expertise. We are increasingly recognising that when we come together, we put the UK in the best competitive position.”

The report mentions a number of successful initiatives already in use that are increasing productivity and opening up access to expensive research assets. For example, Kit-Catalogue, a searchable online database of publically bookable equipment, developed by Loughborough University and subsequently taken in-house by Jisc, allows universities to pool their resources to create high technological capabilities.

Martin continues:

“What’s interesting is that some of the most successful shared services have not always been thought of as such. Jisc’s role in providing the Janet network which provides an internet connection for UK education and research institutions, now over 30 years old, probably makes it the first true example of shared services in UK HE. Universities and colleges all around the UK are reliant on this world class infrastructure.

We see shared services as vital for the future of HE and will look to review and refine our offer to support everyone in the sector. We look forward to working with the project team and the Efficiency Exchange to progress the recommendations.”

Jisc is actively looking to support this agenda, making it easier for universities to benefit from shared infrastructure. Last year Jisc launched the UK’s first shared data centre for education and research, which is helping to lower the operational costs and increase collaboration between some of the UK’s leading research institutions.

We believe there is significant potential from taking a shared approach to new developments and work is already underway, including a business intelligence tool, developed in conjunction with HESA, that will bring together data from all UK universities, and our brokerage work on supercomputing which makes £60m of publicly funded facilities and expertise available under a standard contractual template.

The report follows a review from earlier this year led by Professor Sir Ian Diamond, on ‘Efficiency, effectiveness and value for money’ in UK HE, which highlighted shared services as ‘critical’ in improving quality and lowering costs. It was written by Dr Andrew Rothwell, director of MBA programmes, and Ian Herbert, deputy director of the centre of global sourcing and services, programme director (Singapore) and senior lecturer in accounting and financial management, both at the school of business and economics, Loughborough University.

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The UK needs international students

Nus Org - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 16:20

Immigration really seems to be the be-all-and-end-all of this year’s election. It truly is the hot topic taking over as the main talking point – or should I say arguing point – of all interviews, media debates and manifesto launches.

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Herald Higher Education Awards in Scotland

JISC news - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 14:57
22 April 2015

Jisc is sponsoring the innovation technology excellence category in the inaugural Herald Higher Education Awards, the first awards to recognise best practice specifically in Scottish higher education. Jason Miles-Campbell, head of Jisc Scotland and Jisc Northern Ireland, tells us about the awards and how to enter.

Categories: Universities

Universities should have more care for their students’ wellbeing

Nus Org - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 14:05

As exams loom over students across the country and essay deadlines move closer and closer some students find they are lacking the support they need at this stressful time.

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Megan Dunn elected as new NUS President

Nus Org - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 12:36

Megan Dunn has been elected as the new NUS President at NUS National Conference 2015 in Liverpool.

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How our new security products and services strategy is supporting you

JISC news - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 11:31
22 April 2015

John Chapman, information security policy and strategy manager at Jisc, describes how a recent consultation is informing development of some new security products and services.  Read the original blog post.

Categories: Universities

MPs Questions focuses on higher education issues

Nus Org - Tue, 04/21/2015 - 18:34

This week on MPs Questions, PPCs Vince Cable, Lib Dems, Liam Byrne, Labour, Dave Cocozza, Greens, and Greg Clark, Conservatives, today focuses on Higher Education issues on Twitter.

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In conversation with Michael Winterbottom

Nus Org - Tue, 04/21/2015 - 15:33

We spoke to Michael Winterbottom about directing the new film documentary The Emperor's New Clothes starring Russell Brand. The Emperor's New Clothes looks at the growing disparity between different economic classes.

Buy tickets to see The Emperor's New Clothes here.

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MPs Questions focuses on further education issues

Nus Org - Tue, 04/21/2015 - 14:06

This week on MPs Questions, PPCs Vince Cable, Lib Dems, Liam Byrne, Labour, and Dave Cocozza, Greens, and Nick Boles, Conservatives, today focuses on Further Education issues on Twitter.

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Men now legally entitled to paternity leave

Nus Org - Mon, 04/20/2015 - 13:44

Britain is now a country that legally entitles men to paternity leave. Working couples now have the right to a shared allotment of parental leave of up to 12 months. This is great right? It most certainly is, but it seems that not everyone is happy with the new legislation. Who, you ask? Well employers of course.

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NUS Conference Live Wall

Nus Org - Mon, 04/20/2015 - 12:11

Follow all the action from NUS National Conference 2015 on our live social wall.

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NUS Conference Live Wall

Nus Org - Mon, 04/20/2015 - 12:11

Follow all the action from NUS National Conference 2015 on our live social wall.

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Summer of Student Innovation launch

JISC news - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 15:05
17 April 2015

Paul Bailey, senior co-design manager, Jisc tells us about the Summer of Student Innovation, a co-design competition to come up with technology ideas to improve education, research and student life.

Categories: Universities

Jisc at OER15

JISC news - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 13:19
17 April 2015

This week, Paul Richardson, account manager for Jisc Wales, attended OER15. In this podcast Paul talks to us about some of the learnings from the event, and how Jisc is helping institutions to make best use of open educational resources, touching on our work with Bangor University.

Categories: Universities

Election Elephants

Nus Org - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 09:12

Is your memory as good as these politicians?

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Politicians branded liars in national ad campaign

Nus Org - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 09:00

Today NUS launched a nationwide advertising campaign which will demand the MPs who broke the NUS 'Funding our Future' pledge in 2010 lose their seats this general election.

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