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Five steps for embedding technology use in colleges

JISC news - 3 hours 16 min ago
30 January 2015

In this podcast, Jisc's Allen Crawford-Thomas shares his five tips for getting technology use embedded in colleges, looking at good practice in Henley College, South Worcestershire College, Hereford Sixth Form College and South Staffordshire College. Links mentioned in the podcast can be found in Allen's original blog.

Categories: Universities

Jisc recruits for new chair

JISC news - 7 hours 7 min ago
30 January 2015

Jisc is searching for a leading figure from the UK higher or further education arena to take on the role of Jisc chair.

As the education and research sectors own body for digital technology, Jisc is one of the most important components in the sector's success. The role and leadership contribution of the chair is crucial in enabling the charity to continue to deliver in this respect. 

Jisc is looking for someone with:

  • A strong track record of leading boards in complex contexts
  • Significant experience of strategy and financial management  
  • A good understanding of the role Jisc plays 
  • The commitment necessary to drive forward Jisc’s business model with energy

Martyn Harrow, chief executive of Jisc, says:

“We are looking for a new chair to follow in the immensely successful footsteps of Professor Sir Tim O’Shea and more recently Professor Martin Hall. There is now the opportunity to contribute directly to the future success of Jisc.  

This position will play a key part in the next steps for the organisation and we are excited to have the opportunity to welcome a new enthusiastic individual to our board.”

Special thanks is due to Martin Hall, who will be retiring shortly from the position of chair. During his tenure he contributed considerable time, passion and vision to Jisc and the delivery of our mission: to enable people in education and research to perform at the forefront of international practice by exploiting fully the possibilities of modern digital technology.

If you are interested in applying for the post to lead the board of Jisc, to help universities and colleges harness the potential of digital approaches for their individual and collective advantage, please contact Susan Ehmann for an information pack.

Closing date for receipt of applications: 18 February 2015.

Categories: Universities

How far have we come with pay equality?

Nus Org - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 12:51

Being 15 years into the 21st century you would think that as a nation so definitively imprinted with liberal values and concerned with issues of equal opportunity and fairness, the UK would be leading the way when it comes to equality. You would think that, but sadly you would be wrong, eplains NUS Journalist James McCrory.

Categories: NUS news

Lack of BME professors means our education is missing something crucial

Nus Org - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 11:39

The people who teach us ought to be a reflection of the world around us. Our body of lecturers and professors should be diverse. However, higher education suffers from a terrible lack of such diversity with a UCU study showing that only 7.3 per cent of professorial roles are filled by black and minority ethnic (BME) professors, writes NUS Journalist Mariya Hussain.

Categories: NUS news

The quality of SRE in schools is failing students

Nus Org - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 11:18

Porn is a standard part of young people's lives in the UK, according to a report released today by NUS which is calling for a commitment to statutory and improved Sex and Relationships Education (SRE) by political parties in the run up to the general election by NUS Journalist Emma Jacobs.

Categories: NUS news

Day of action - Get real on youth issues

Nus Org - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 10:41

The future for young people is looking bleaker and bleaker, whether it’s being able to afford the rising costs attached to studying in both further and higher education or finding work that doesn’t exploit them, times are tough for an entire generation. Today, join students around the UK take action on greater support for young people - #GenerationVote

Categories: NUS news

Oxford East MP and PPCs answer questions from Oxford Brookes Union

Nus Org - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 09:57

This week MP's Questions features Oxford East's MP Andrew Smith, Labour, and PPCs Melanie Magee, Conservatives, and Mark Mann, Lib Dems, to address general election issues on Twitter.

Categories: NUS news

Students turn to porn to fill the gaps in their sex education

Nus Org - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 07:00

In a NUS survey, students agree that porn is a standard part of a young person’s life. The results reinforce our call for statutory Sex and Relationships Education (SRE) as part of our New Deal general election manifesto. 90 per cent of the 2,500 respondents, who are now in university, echo the call.

Categories: NUS news

Has the Sun nearly put its’ hat on Page 3?

Nus Org - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 10:00

Last week, the Sun shone a light on how strongly our society feels about 'Page 3' by NUS Journalist Emma Jacobs.

Categories: NUS news

Greater support needed for disadvantaged students in further education

Nus Org - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 10:00

The scrapping of the Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA) left many students having to work whilst studying or miss out on access to resources, negatively impacting their education, and has even deterred some from even entering into further education, by NUS Journalist Mariya Hussain.

Categories: NUS news

Will producing 'work-ready' graduates become privatised?

Nus Org - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 10:00

The Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) has recommended that employers should have more to say when it comes to curriculum design and delivery at universities, in order to effectively produce 'work-ready' graduates by NUS Journalist James McCrory.

Categories: NUS news

Holocaust Memorial Day 2015: Keep the memory alive

Nus Org - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 10:40

Each year on 27 January, people all over the world mark Holocaust Memorial Day to pay remembrance to the millions who lost their lives in the Holocaust and in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.

Categories: NUS news

Jisc at BETT 2015: final thoughts

JISC news - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 16:51
26 January 2015

Last week we had a great few days at Bett 2015, chairing the Technology in Higher Education Summit. We also joined Heppell and the Education and Training Foundation on the Answers, Answers, Answers stand, and here, Jisc's Nigel Ecclesfield reflects on the show as a whole.  

Categories: Universities

The future of democracy

Nus Org - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 12:27

The Internet is teeming with endless amounts of information and ways of communicating with individuals, organisations and soon governments. The Digital Democracy Commission has announced their plans to make democracy in the UK more accessible online that include introducing online voting and broadcasting debates and committees from Parliament online.

Categories: NUS news

Sign the Tax Dodging Bill petition

Nus Org - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 10:53

Corporate tax dodging is unfair: nearly everyone loses out when tax rules allow big companies to avoid paying their fair share. We need a Tax Dodging Bill to make tax fair and to raise funds to support young people in the UK and in developing countries.

Categories: NUS news

Jisc at BETT 2015: maintaining your institution’s competitiveness

JISC news - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 17:42
23 January 2015

We're at BETT 2015 this week chairing the Technology in Higher Education Summit - a space for higher education professionals to share ideas, future-gaze and streamline technology decision-making. In this podcast, Jisc's Tim Marshall discusses the findings from a day of sessions on the topic of 'maintaining your institution's competitiveness'.

Categories: Universities

Jisc at BETT 2015: developing pedagogy

JISC news - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 18:57
22 January 2015

We're at BETT 2015 this week chairing the Technology in Higher Education Summit - a space for higher education professionals to share ideas, future-gaze and streamline technology decision-making. In this podcast, Jisc's Sarah Davies discusses the findings from a day of sessions on the topic of 'Developing pedagogy', and Esther Barrett tells us what caught her eye around the exhibition.

Categories: Universities

Take climate action for Go Green Week 2015

Nus Org - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 15:49

As the fossil fuel industry continues to expand its profits and climate change's grip across the globe, the global divestment movement has become one of the fastest growing social movements in recent history. In the UK, Go Green Week on 9-15 February 2015 will bring together students to demand that their institutions pull money out of fossil fuel companies, with the University of Glasgow being the first university to divest from fossil fuels in Europe.

Categories: NUS news

Jisc at BETT 2015: enhancing the learning of students

JISC news - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 19:28
21 January 2015

We're at BETT 2015 this week chairing the Technology in Higher Education Summit - a space for higher education professionals to share ideas, future-gaze and streamline technology decision-making. In this podcast, Jisc's Lawrie Phipps discusses the findings from a day of sessions on the topic of 'Enhancing the learning of students'. 

Categories: Universities

Register for the first ever Student Sustainability Summit

Nus Org - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 15:27

Join us in Leeds University Union on 23 March to take action on sustainability and social justice.

Categories: NUS news

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