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Government’s university funding system criticised by MPs in damning report

Nus Org - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 18:09

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.

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New analysis finds that more than one third of Team Scotland athletes are Scottish university students or graduates

Universities Scotland news - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 10:19
Universities Scotland has today, Monday 21 July, thrown its full support behind Team Scotland for success at the XX Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and revealed the high level of Team Scotland athletes with a Scottish higher education background.An incredible 114 out of 310 Team Scotland athletes, some 36.77%, have links to Scottish universities as current students or graduates and have pursued a diverse range of academic subjects including accountancy, medicine, sport and recreation management, chemistry and broadcast production. The new analysis builds on the news that 73 Team Scotland athletes have been bolstered by Winning Students scholarship support, including the entire badminton team.Sixteen of Scotland's 19 higher education institutions can claim current students or graduates in Team Scotland.Earlier this year Universities Scotland and Colleges Scotland organised the successful Game Changer Awards to celebrate the varied and wide contributions of Scotland's further and higher education sectors to the success of the XX Commonwealth Games. Awards were presented to institutions from across Scotland at a ceremony in Glasgow's Old Fruitmarket in six categories including research impact, international contribution, student achievement and learning and skills. The Game Changer Awards had the support of the Scottish Funding Council and the Scottish Government were recognised as part of the official Glasgow 2014 legacy programme.Professor Gerry McCormac, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Stirling and Convener of Universities Scotland's University Games Group, said:"Team Scotland has the backing of staff and students from every one of Scotland's universities and colleges as the XX Commonwealth Games get underway in Glasgow this week. That so many of our nation's top athletes have also pursued a Scottish higher education is testament to the quality of facilities and support on offer from our universities."Earlier this year we highlighted how our support for a successful Games goes beyond urging on our athletes during Games time and how it touches every aspect of the Games from the research behind physical endurance and performance, the management and organisation skills needed to smoothly run a large-scale global event to encouraging people of all ages in Scotland to be healthier and more active. But for the next ten days we'll be extra noisy in cheering on all of our students and alumni competing in the Games and hope they can win gold for Scotland." Universities Scotland has today, Monday 21 July, thrown its full support behind Team Scotland for success at the XX Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and revealed the high level of Team Scotland athletes with a Scottish higher education background. An incredible 114 out of 310 Team Scotland athletes, some 36.77%, have links to Scottish universities as current students or graduates and have pursued a diverse range of academic subjects including accountancy, medicine, sport and recreation management, chemistry and broadcast production. The new analysis builds on the news that 73 Team Scotland athletes have been bolstered by Winning Students scholarship support, including the entire badminton team. Sixteen of Scotland's 19 higher education institutions can claim current students or graduates in Team Scotland. Earlier this year Universities Scotland and Colleges Scotland organised the successful Game Changer Awards to celebrate the varied and wide contributions of Scotland's further and higher education sectors to the success of the XX Commonwealth Games. Awards were presented to institutions from across Scotland at a ceremony in Glasgow's Old Fruitmarket in six categories including research impact, international contribution, student achievement and learning and skills. The Game Changer Awards had the support of the Scottish Funding Council and the Scottish Government were recognised as part of the official Glasgow 2014 legacy programme. Professor Gerry McCormac, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Stirling and Convener of Universities Scotland's University Games Group, said: "Team Scotland has the backing of staff and students from every one of Scotland's universities and colleges as the XX Commonwealth Games get underway in Glasgow this week. That so many of our nation's top athletes have also pursued a Scottish higher education is testament to the quality of facilities and support on offer from our universities. "Earlier this year we highlighted how our support for a successful Games goes beyond urging on our athletes during Games time and how it touches every aspect of the Games from the research behind physical endurance and performance, the management and organisation skills needed to smoothly run a large-scale global event to encouraging people of all ages in Scotland to be healthier and more active. But for the next ten days we'll be extra noisy in cheering on all of our students and alumni competing in the Games and hope they can win gold for Scotland."Scotland's universities are proud to offer their student athletes world-class sports facilities and support services including coaching and physio. A flexible approach to helping students find the right balance between their training needs and demands of their academic studies is a further contribution that universities make to help enable success on both fronts.As It is very rare to participate in professional sports at the highest level for more than a few years, Team Scotland athletes working towards a university degree are taking action to ensure strong employment prospects following their sporting careers. The benefits of a Scottish higher education were highlighted earlier this year when graduates from Scotland's universities were once again found to have the highest levels of positive destinations of work or further study in the UK as well as the highest average starting salaries and lowest levels of unemployment.Stew Fowlie, ‎Chief Operating Officer at Scottish Student Sport, said:"Scottish Student Sport is delighted to acknowledge the achievement of all the students and alumni within Team Scotland. This confirms what we have long known about the synergies between educational and sporting success. This also shows the significant commitment to sport in further and higher education - both at individual and institutional level. All of us at SSS wish Team Scotland every success and trust that everyone will come away with memories to last a lifetime."
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Reformed criminal wins 'Student of the Year' at NUS Awards

Nus Org - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 11:48

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.

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Nelson Mandela International Day 2014

Nus Org - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 11:00

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.

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Prestigious honorary college fellowship for Sal Cooke, director of Jisc TechDis

JISC news - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 10:07
17 July 2014

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."

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Women leading the way: Camila Batmanghelidjh

Nus Org - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 15:28

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.

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Researchers welcome access to Science Classic archive

JISC news - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 12:16
21 July 2014

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.”

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Student voices in Brazil

Nus Org - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 11:00

Brazil is well known for its footballing accomplishments, but its student movement is also succeeding in bringing about positive change for Brazilian students.

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Scotland’s universities proud to continue to offer their graduates the best prospects in the UK

Universities Scotland news - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 12:56
Official National Statistics released today on graduate destinations by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) showed that graduates from Scotland’s 19 higher education institutions have better prospects within six months of graduation than their peers in the rest of the UK.  The statistics showed:  ·         Graduates from Scottish universities had the highest rate of positive destinations (work and/or further study) at 91 per cent (UK average 88 per cent). ·         Of those in employment, a higher percentage of graduates from Scotland’s universities were in professional-level jobs; 69 per cent (UK average 65 per cent). ·         Graduates from Scottish universities had the highest mean average starting salaries in the UK at £22,500 (UK average £21,000). ·         A lower rate of graduates from Scotland’s universities were found to be unemployed six months after graduation than across the rest of the UK at only 6 per cent (UK average of 8 per cent).  Read the full press release here. Official National Statistics released today on graduate destinations by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) showed that graduates from Scotland’s 19 higher education institutions have better prospects within six months of graduation than their peers in the rest of the UK.  The statistics showed: ·         Graduates from Scottish universities had the highest rate of positive destinations (work and/or further study) at 91 per cent (UK average 88 per cent).·         Of those in employment, a higher percentage of graduates from Scotland’s universities were in professional-level jobs; 69 per cent (UK average 65 per cent).·         Graduates from Scottish universities had the highest mean average starting salaries in the UK at £22,500 (UK average £21,000).·         A lower rate of graduates from Scotland’s universities were found to be unemployed six months after graduation than across the rest of the UK at only 6 per cent (UK average of 8 per cent).The statistics show that graduates have shown considerable resilience despite difficult labour market conditions for young people over the last few years.The picture for graduates from Scottish universities continues to improve with a one per cent increase in the number going direct into positive destinations (work and/or further study) and a one per cent decrease in the number unemployed six months after completing their studies compared to data from last year*.Commenting on the statistics, Alastair Sim, Director of Universities Scotland, said: “Scotland’s universities have made employability a real priority with significant amounts of time and energy invested in employability strategies, attention paid to the development of well-rounded skill sets in our students and working closely with employers in the design and delivery of courses and the creation of work placements. “We’re very proud of our record on employability and pleased that our graduates finish their studies confident that they have the best prospects in the UK.  This is an important factor in student choices when it comes to applications and it’s important to the economy and to Scotland’s productivity that our graduates are going on to positive destinations in such numbers and into graduate-level jobs so quickly.” The results show that of those going direct into employment within six months, higher levels of graduates from Scottish institutions go into graduate-level jobs (defined in the data as “professional occupations”) than across the rest of the UK. The difference is significant with 69 per cent of graduates in employment employed in professional level jobs in Scotland as opposed to a UK average figure of only 65 per cent.Today’s good news builds on other data released earlier this year which showed Scotland had very high levels of employer satisfaction with new graduate recruits. The UK Commission for Employment and Skills survey found that 94 per cent of employers in Scotland were pleased or very pleased with the experience and maturity of university leavers from Scotland, 96 per cent were content with the skills set graduates leave university with and 97 per cent with the attitude and motivation of Scottish university leavers.NOTES:*Due to a methodological change in the way DLHE data is collected, it is possible to make comparisons between this year’s survey (for 2012/13) and last year’s (2011/12) but not with data prior to 2011/12.
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Interested in media? Sign up now to NUS and Amnesty International Student Media Summit 2014

Nus Org - Tue, 06/24/2014 - 12:20

On 21 and 22 August, the National Union of Students (NUS) and Amnesty International will host a special two-day summit for student journalists.

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Student innovators scoop grants to develop fresh ideas

JISC news - Wed, 06/18/2014 - 16:43
19 June 2014

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).

For more information visit the Summer of Student Innovation web pages. To join the conversation on Twitter, use #studentideas

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Departmental ICT Initiative of the Year 2014 winner announced

JISC news - Wed, 06/18/2014 - 14:35
18 June 2014

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.

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The FAIRTRADE Mark turns 20!

Nus Org - Wed, 06/18/2014 - 12:00

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.

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HE sector bands together to take on global competitors and support ambition for 50% export growth

Universities Scotland news - Tue, 06/17/2014 - 11:51
Connected Scotland, a new collaborative approach to promote Scotland's higher education sector internationally, has been launched today [Monday 16 June] to support the ambitious goal of increasing the sector's export revenue by more than 50 per cent in six years.The partnership commits eight different higher education organisations, enterprise agencies and funding bodies,[1] as well as the higher education institutions themselves, to work more closely together to compete in a highly internationalized and fiercely competitive marketplace for higher education.Scotland's university sector has been acknowledged as an industry sector in its own right with annual exports totaling £1.3 billion in 2011/12; 60 per cent of which is from outside of the UK. Connected Scotland has come together to support the ambitious goal of growing the value of university exports from £1.3 billion to over £2 billion by 2017. Scotland's higher education sector has the qualities needed to position itself as the study destination and international partner of choice for teaching, research and knowledge exchange:Scotland is home to more world-class universities per head of population than any other country in the world.Scotland's international student satisfaction ratings beat those of our competitors.every higher education institution in Scotland undertakes some research independently judged to be "world-leading". Vist the Connected Scotland website: www.connectedscotland.org.  Connected Scotland, a new collaborative approach to promote Scotland's higher education sector internationally, has been launched today [Monday 16 June] to support the ambitious goal of increasing the sector's export revenue by more than 50 per cent in six years.The partnership commits eight different higher education organisations, enterprise agencies and funding bodies,[1] as well as the higher education institutions themselves, to work more closely together to compete in a highly internationalized and fiercely competitive marketplace for higher education.Scotland's university sector has been acknowledged as an industry sector in its own right with annual exports totaling £1.3 billion in 2011/12; 60 per cent of which is from outside of the UK. Connected Scotland has come together to support the ambitious goal of growing the value of university exports from £1.3 billion to over £2 billion by 2017. Scotland's higher education sector has the qualities needed to position itself as the study destination and international partner of choice for teaching, research and knowledge exchange:Scotland is home to more world-class universities per head of population than any other country in the world.Scotland's international student satisfaction ratings beat those of our competitors.every higher education institution in Scotland undertakes some research independently judged to be "world-leading".A recent analysis of the sector in Scotland, commissioned by British Council Scotland, found the sector to have five distinctive assets that made it "world class and highly innovative" but called for Scotland to do more to promote itself internationally as distinct from the rest of the UK.[2] Connected Scotland directly addresses this challenge by bringing together key organisations, able to articulate the sector's strengths and promote Scotland to networks across the globe, with a shared and more concentrated focus. However, it consciously steers away from presenting the sector as one homogenous "brand Scotland" which could risk losing sight of the 19 very different institutions that comprise it and actually make Scotland such an appealing destination for study and research partnerships.Connected Scotland's remit offers support to Scotland's HEIs with their own goals in international student recruitment delivery of transnational education [3] and research, development and knowledge exchange contracts. Scottish institutions will still compete against one another in these areas but have identified common ground on which to work more closely together, recognising that Scotland's real competition are universities throughout the rest of the world. Sharing the information, experience and contacts held by the Connected Scotland partners for the benefit of the whole sector signals a more strategic and coordinated approach that is hoped will add value to institutions' own projections for growth.The first priority of the new partnership has been to identify new and emerging markets where Scottish higher education can establish itself more prominently. Brazil, China, Malaysia, Mexico/Colombia have been identified as priority markets based on their demographics of tertiary-aged students, potential for student mobility and potential for research and knowledge exchange links. Connected Scotland plans to roll out a programme of outward missions to priority markets over the next three years.Commenting on the launch of Connected Scotland, Professor Ian Diamond, Convener of Universities Scotland's International Committee and Principal of the University of Aberdeen said:"Scotland needs a truly global and competitive higher education sector. Internationalisation brings benefits to staff and students, to our teaching and research and delivers economic growth to our sector and to Scotland as a whole. We have a strong culture of collaboration within in the sector, even reaching into areas in which we compete. A more connected approach builds on this, enabling us to achieve more and cultivate a strong international presence. "We have big but achievable ambitions; we want to be the higher education sector of choice throughout the world. I believe the quality of the institutions we have and the collective efforts invested into Connected Scotland will give us an edge over our competitors. It's an exciting time for the sector."Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, Michael Russell said:"This is a fantastic new partnership which will cement the relationships within the sector further. Scotland's higher education institutes are already internationally recognised and they are increasingly collaborating to harness global opportunities and to promote our exceptional higher education assets overseas. Connected Scotland will enhance the internationalisation of Scottish higher education and connect us to new opportunities around the world."Anne MacColl, Chief Executive, Scottish Development International, said:"Connected Scotland is a great example of the key players in our education sector coming together to position Scotland as the international partner of choice in higher education."The role of the Enterprise Agencies in this partnership is to encourage and support higher education institutions to grow their international revenue through trade activities, helping to realise the ambitious goal of growing the value of university exports from £1.3 billion to over £2 billion by 2017." Lloyd Anderson, Director of British Council Scotland, said:"While Scotland already has a remarkably joined-up and collaborative higher education sector, it makes great sense for the key stakeholders to work collaboratively in exploring new, emerging overseas markets. Connected Scotland is an important initiative that will benefit Scotland through enhanced exchange of knowledge, ideas and people, leading to stronger and better international connections."Laurence Howells, chief executive of the Scottish Funding Council, said: "This is an ambitious coming together of organisations, people and ideas that has enormous potential for Scotland."I'm very proud that the Funding Council is going to play an important part in something so different and so exciting. I want the best students, researchers and businesses from the countries we're targeting to know about the world-class opportunities we're helping to create here in Scotland." NOTESThe Connected Scotland partners are: British Council Scotland, Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Scottish Development International, Scottish Government, Royal Society of Edinburgh, Scottish Funding Council, Universities Scotland; on behalf of Scotland's 19 higher education institutions.British Council Scotland (2013) A Strategic Analysis of the Scottish Higher Education Sector's Distinctive Assets. p58.Transnational education is the delivery of education by a Scottish higher education institution overseas whether that be in physical campuses such as those in Oman, Malaysia and New York or through joint provision models with another university.Visit the Connected Scotland website: www.connectedscotland.org.
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Jisc response to the recommendations from the Further Education Learning Technology Action Group (FELTAG) report

JISC news - Tue, 06/17/2014 - 10:42
17 June 2014

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.

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Youth on Board Awards 2014

Nus Org - Mon, 06/16/2014 - 11:14

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!

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Still time for the education and research sector to beat powerful malware threats

JISC news - Fri, 06/13/2014 - 14:58
13 June 2014

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.

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World Oceans Day 2014

Nus Org - Mon, 06/09/2014 - 15:00

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.

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Hundreds of students lobby against proposed cuts to Disabled Students Allowance

Nus Org - Fri, 06/06/2014 - 17:30

All around the country students and students’ unions have been mobilising, organising all key stakeholders in sending the message - don't cut us out!

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D-Day 70th Anniversary

Nus Org - Fri, 06/06/2014 - 11:30

Exactly 70 years ago, the Second World War saw the largest amphibious assault ever launched that would change the course of world history.

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