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University starts from scratch in exile

Times Higher Education - Mon, 12/26/2016 - 00:00

One of Ukraine’s most highly regarded institutions has decamped to a new home 100km away to escape fighting in the war-torn region close to Russian border

Fossil Free QUB: Direct action on university divestment

Nus Org - Mon, 02/08/2016 - 14:57

Further and higher education institutions are being encouraged to shift any investment that they have in fossil fuels to renewables as part of a campaign launched recently by the National Union of Students.

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How do you deal with student consent when using learning analytics?

JISC news - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 14:34
8 February 2016

Learning analytics specialist Niall Sclater has been speaking to experts about the legal and ethical issues around asking university and college students for consent to use their data for learning analytics. Hear what they had to say in our podcast.

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NVRD: be part of #GenerationVote, not Generation Rent

Nus Org - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 12:01

The National Voter Registration Drive (NVRD) is a week of action to get young people on the electoral register. Bite The Ballot campaign manager Michael Abiodun Olatokun tells us why students should get involved.

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Are you one of the 800,000 people who’ve dropped off the electoral register?

Nus Org - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 10:32

Today is National Voter Registration Day. Despite there not being a general election until 2020 - there are local, mayoral and assembly elections across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland coming up - as well as a referendum on the UKs membership of the EU. So, it's more important than ever that students make sure they're registered.

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Are you one of the 800,000 people who’ve dropped off the electoral register?

Nus Org - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 10:32

Today is National Voter Registration Day and despite there not being a general election until 2020, it's more important than ever that students make sure they're registered.

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NVRD Redirect Feb 2016

Nus Org - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 15:59
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Change the world and win £500: take WWF’s Eco Challenge

Nus Org - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 14:33

Have you got an idea that would improve sustainability on your campus? This is your chance to make it happen.

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Student Publication Association Awards 2016 – nominations now open

Nus Org - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 16:30

The entry period for the Student Publication Association’s (SPA) annual national awards is now open. Have you produced something for your student media publication over the past year which you’re particularly proud of? Whether it’s an individual or collaborate effort, why not put yourself forward? 

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Hear from our customers

JISC news - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 14:15
2 February 2016

On the 26 January 2016 we welcomed customers to our annual stakeholder forum. Hear what they think of our recent work with education and research providers and what their current concerns are for the coming year.

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NUS TV: Episode 2 - Fighting The Cuts To Education

Nus Org - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 10:49
Watch NUS Vice President (Society & Citizenship) Piers Telemacque host Episode 2 of NUS TV, which focuses on the cuts and changes being made to education and how they affect students.
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How UK students can swing the US presidential election

Nus Org - Mon, 02/01/2016 - 13:14

Iowa citizens will gather today to vote in the first caucus of the 2016 presidential run. With the world watching and international media trying to decipher debates, it is unclear who will win the primaries and ultimately the presidency.

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#FEunplugged: Our campaign to stop government pulling the plug on Further Education

Nus Org - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 10:32

Today we’re launching a new campaign aimed at getting students, staff, MPs and local communities talking about area reviews.

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ED Talk: What is #FEunplugged?

Nus Org - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 10:18
Our Policy Assistant Holly Staynor gives us the low down on the new #FEunplugged campaign.
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Six times the Tories have tried to pull the plug on Further Education

Nus Org - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 09:00

In April 2015 David Cameron said “we are the party of working people”, which is ironic given that the conservatives have decimated Further Education over the past five years, pulling the plug on opportunities for many to be able get the education and skills needed to enter or stay in the workforce.

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UK Government must listen to further evidence for reintroduction of post-study work visas so that Scotland can benefit from global talent

Universities Scotland news - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 14:47
Universities Scotland has today (Thursday 28 January) called on the Secretary of State for Scotland, the Rt Hon David Mundell MP, to respond to further evidence for the reintroduction of post-study work visas for international students studying in Scotland. The Scottish Parliament's Devolution (Further Powers) Committee heard evidence on Thursday morning from two international graduates who benefited from the Fresh Talent Initiative, Maulin Buch and Mary Njoki. The Fresh Talent Initiative, which offered international graduates from Scotland's universities the opportunity to work in the country for two years after graduation before it was stopped by the UK Government in 2012, was an important factor in the decision to study in Scotland made by Maulin and Mary, originally from India and Kenya respectively. Both graduates believe a post-study work route should be reintroduced in Scotland, if the country is to continue to attract students from overseas.The Committee heard from the graduates that many of their younger peers, who are currently considering where to pursue their higher education, view the UK as ‘unwelcoming and hostile' and are more likely to look at countries such as Canada, Australia and New Zealand which have a better post-study work offer. Universities Scotland has today (Thursday 28 January) called on the Secretary of State for Scotland, the Rt Hon David Mundell MP, to respond to further evidence for the reintroduction of post-study work visas for international students studying in Scotland. The Scottish Parliament's Devolution (Further Powers) Committee heard evidence on Thursday morning from two international graduates who benefited from the Fresh Talent Initiative, Maulin Buch and Mary Njoki. The Fresh Talent Initiative, which offered international graduates from Scotland's universities the opportunity to work in the country for two years after graduation before it was stopped by the UK Government in 2012, was an important factor in the decision to study in Scotland made by Maulin and Mary, originally from India and Kenya respectively. Both graduates believe a post-study work route should be reintroduced in Scotland, if the country is to continue to attract students from overseas.The Committee heard from the graduates that many of their younger peers, who are currently considering where to pursue their higher education, view the UK as ‘unwelcoming and hostile' and are more likely to look at countries such as Canada, Australia and New Zealand which have a better post-study work offer.Mary used the Fresh Talent Initiative in 2009 after completing an MSc in Social Work at the University of Stirling and was able to secure a job with the City of Edinburgh Council. Mary started work at a time when the Council was desperately trying to recruit social workers and so helped to fill a skills gap in Scotland's capital. After graduating from the University of Glasgow, Maulin started work for a Scottish SME in North Lanarkshire after applying to a graduate programme through Talent Scotland. In his Business Development Executive role, Maulin has helped the company to tap into the important Indian market and grow its export business.The evidence heard by MSPs on the Devolution (Further Powers) Committee today follows the Secretary of State for Scotland's promise made on Monday to consider the evidence and recommendations that come from the UK Parliament's Scottish Affairs Committee's report on post-study work.The Committee also heard from Alan McKay, Deputy Vice-Principal International and Director of the International Office, Edinburgh University, who told MSPs that current post study employment options for international graduates in the UK are not sufficient to meet the needs of employers in Scotland.After the Committee meeting, Universities Scotland's Director, Alastair Sim said:"University leaders in Scotland urge the Secretary of State to pay attention to the concerns of talented international graduates like Maulin and Mary, who are telling us very clearly that their peers want to study in the UK but UK Government policy is putting them off. This means that Scotland's universities, society and economy are missing out on the benefits that come from attracting hard-working international talent. The UK Government needs to think again on this issue and stem the flow of international talent from Scotland to competitor nations."There is consensus across all of Scotland's main political parties in favour of the reintroduction of a post-study work visa for international graduates. Universities welcome the Secretary of State's commitment made on Monday to consider the reintroduction of post-study work in Scotland and are ready to work with both the UK and Scottish Governments to achieve a solution."NotesPapers for this morning's Devolution (Further Powers) Committee meeting on post-study work visas, including written evidence submissions from Universities Scotland and the University of Edinburgh, can be found here: http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/Papers_20160128.pdf
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Sheffield College President on the FE Area Reviews

Nus Org - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 11:30
The government is trying to pull the plug on Further Education and we're not going to let them. That's why on Friday 29 January, we're launching our #FEunplugged campaign. Ahead of the launch, we caught up with James bangert, President of Sheffield College Students' Union, whose institution is one of the first 84 colleges involved in the government's review of post-16 education aka 'Area Reviews'.
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Jisc response to the Higher Education Commission report ‘From Bricks to Clicks’

JISC news - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 19:29
22 January 2016

Today we welcome the Higher Education Commission (HEC)'s report ‘From Bricks to Clicks: the potential of data and analytics in Higher Education’. 

It contains the findings of the Commission’s ten-month inquiry into the potential impact of data and analytics for universities, students and the sector as a whole.

Commenting on the report, our chief executive Dr Paul Feldman, said:

“This report unambiguously sets out the transformative impact that digital technology and use of big data can have on British higher education. It highlights the powerful role learning analytics can play in enabling universities to achieve their strategic goals and in supporting students to maximise their potential. It goes as far as recommending that all universities consider introducing an appropriate learning analytics system.

Our own research shows that learning analytics can help to improve the quality of teaching, cut drop-out rates, build better relationships between students and staff and empower students to take ownership of their learning.

We are working with 50 UK universities to set up a national learning analytics service – this will be the first time learning analytics has been introduced on a national scale anywhere in the world. The framework we have established will also enable any university that has already implemented learning analytics to contribute to national efforts by following the industry standards we have developed with the sector.

We also look forward to continuing to work together with the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), Universities UK and other partners to make progress on the other issues raised in the report, particularly around excellent and innovative data management, and supporting digital leadership within universities.”

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Are you flying high in social media for UK further education and skills?

JISC news - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 12:21
20 January 2016

This month Jisc launched a call to find the 50 most influential FE & skills professionals in the UK on social media. 

Tom Mitchell, group social media manager, talks about the initiative - which will recognise those individuals who are using social media in a way that benefits and adds value to teaching and learning.

Nominate yourself or someone you know, and join in the discussion using the hashtag #jisc50social.

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Student Volunteer of the Year – shortlist announced

Nus Org - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 11:32

In December we revealed the ten nominees longlisted for the coveted Student Volunteer of the Year Award and we can now reveal the final five, as chosen by our judges.

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