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University starts from scratch in exile

Times Higher Education - Mon, 12/26/2016 - 01:00

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

What you need to know about the Research Excellence Framework (REF) open access policy

JISC news - Fri, 05/27/2016 - 10:24
27 May 2016

The UK education funding councils’ post-2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) open access policy came into effect in April. Mafalda Marques, project officer (PASTEUR4OA) for Jisc, talks through the key requirements and the support available to institutions to help them comply. Read the original blog.

Categories: Universities

Belfast solar power station given go-ahead

Nus Org - Thu, 05/26/2016 - 12:54

A green light has been granted to construct a solar based power station near Belfast International Airport - the first ground-based solar power station on the island of Ireland.

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Olympic Park reaches new high speeds with superfast internet

JISC news - Wed, 05/25/2016 - 10:59
26 May 2016

It saw world records being set for athletics, track cycling and swimming during London 2012 – and now Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is subject to high speeds of a different kind, with superfast internet connectivity.

Here East – Olympic Park’s former press and broadcast centre, and today the dedicated digital quarter for east London – is now directly connected to the core of the Janet network, the UK’s high-capacity education and research network, to receive resilient internet connectivity of up to 100 Gigabits (Gb) per second. The connection is provided by Jisc.

Loughborough University is the first to take advantage of the Janet network being made available at Olympic Park, taking a connection at its new London site.

Loughborough University London is dedicated to postgraduate study, executive courses and research, in areas including media and creative industries, sport business, design innovation, enterprise and entrepreneurship and digital technologies. Focused on innovation, its students are exposed to the very latest in thinking and real-life industry challenges through IT-rich learning experiences, such as remote learning through online lectures and video conferencing.

This is the first step for the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in its vision to become an important education and cultural hub. As well as Here East, UK government is supporting the development of Foundation for London’s 'Olympicopolis', which will bring together outstanding museums, start-ups and education organisations to showcase exceptional creativity and cutting-edge design. University of the Arts and University College London have both announced they will be building new campuses at this location.

Professor Mike Caine, dean of Loughborough University London, said:

“London is an important strategic location for us, allowing us to enhance our postgraduate offer. Having access to resilient, high-capacity internet connectivity at our London campus is essential, and the Janet network delivers this.

It also means that staff and students at our London site get the same excellent online experience as their Loughborough colleagues.”

The Janet network is one of the fastest computer networks in the world. It has more than 18 million users in the UK, at nearly a thousand universities, colleges and other eligible learning providers.

Jeremy Sharp, director strategic technologies, Jisc said:

“London is leading the UK’s thriving digital sector, with inner London alone accounting for more than a quarter of the nation’s digital companies. Colleges and universities rightly want to harness the opportunities that working closely with these organisations brings, supporting the development of talent, research and digital enterprise.

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park looks set to be the beating heart of London’s digital future. Education organisations who establish operations here can be assured that they are at the forefront of digital innovation, all underpinned by the Janet network, which gives them reliable, secure internet connectivity.”

Find out more about the Janet network on our website or contact the Jisc service desk on 0300 300 2212.

Categories: Universities

EU Referendum: 16 and 17 year-olds are being denied a say on their future

Nus Org - Tue, 05/24/2016 - 15:48

New NUS research shows that three quarters would vote in the EU referendum if given the chance.

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Work Experience Tips

Nus Org - Mon, 05/23/2016 - 16:00

NUS Journalist Orianna Rosa Royle shares her top tips for gaining work experience and getting a break on the employment ladder

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NUS responds to the government’s Higher Education and Research Bill

Nus Org - Thu, 05/19/2016 - 18:45

The government has published the first piece of Higher Education legislation for over a decade. It will enact some of the most significant reforms to the higher education sector in memory – but what’s in it, and what does it mean for students?

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Amnesty International Student Journalist Award – nominations open

Nus Org - Thu, 05/19/2016 - 15:36

Win a work experience placement at The Observer through the prestigious Amnesty Media Award.

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What does the Queen’s Speech mean for students?

Nus Org - Wed, 05/18/2016 - 15:59

Earlier today the Queen announced the government’s legislation for the year ahead, marking the state opening of parliament. Here’s our summary of how these plans will have an impact on students. 

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Study hacks

Nus Org - Wed, 05/18/2016 - 15:00

NUS Journalist Orianna Rosa Royle shares her top five study tips for the upcoming exam season.

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Are FE and skills providers meeting the FELTAG challenge? Just look around and see

JISC news - Wed, 05/18/2016 - 14:51
25 May 2016

Further education (FE) and skills in the UK have come up against a lot of challenges in the last few years. Does FELTAG still have a place? 

Absolutely, argues Sarah Knight, senior co-design manager at Jisc; whether they want to leverage new apprenticeship opportunities, improve their maths and English provision, offer more flexible courses or do more with less resources, FE and skills providers can unlock huge benefits by using technology effectively. Read the original blog post.

Categories: Universities

A strong, united voice for students: an open letter from NUS’ Officer team

Nus Org - Tue, 05/17/2016 - 13:04

We, as the current and incoming Full Time Officer team, co-sign this letter together, to students and their unions.

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The benefits of NUS: an open letter from NUS’ Officer team

Nus Org - Tue, 05/17/2016 - 13:04

We, as the current and incoming Full Time Officer team, co-sign this letter together, to students and their unions.

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The Higher Education white paper in a nutshell

Nus Org - Mon, 05/16/2016 - 17:35

The government has today followed up last year’s initial proposals for the Higher Education sector with a HE white paper. But what does this mean for students and students’ unions?

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How would students be affected by a Brexit?

Nus Org - Thu, 05/12/2016 - 17:26

Last month at National Conference, delegates were welcomed by Karolina Pietkiewicz from the European Students Union. We caught up with Karolina and Fernando Galan Palomares, both elected representatives of ESU, shortly afterwards to discuss students’ unions in Europe and what Britain exiting Europe would mean for students.

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European students welcome new EU Visa Directive

Nus Org - Thu, 05/12/2016 - 17:07

The European Students' Union (ESU) has welcomed a new EU Visa Directive that makes European education more accessible to non-EU students.

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UCLan students oppose university’s new logo

Nus Org - Thu, 05/12/2016 - 16:00

Students from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) have made their feelings clear about the proposed rebranding of the university.

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In conversation with June Sarpong

Nus Org - Wed, 05/11/2016 - 18:08

In October, TV personality June Sarpong lent her support to Britain’s membership of the European Union by joining the ‘Britain Stronger In Europe’ campaign. We caught up with June following her keynote speech at NUS National Conference 2016, and asked her why the students should vote to stay in the EU on Thursday 23 June.

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Sleeping your way to productivity

Nus Org - Wed, 05/11/2016 - 15:30

Where did I put those notes for tomorrow’s meeting? Did I blow out that candle? Insert panic mode as my mind realises that an important deadline is a week from now. And before you know it, you’re up and doing everything above.

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Got a great edtech idea? Here's why you should enter our Summer of Student Innovation competition

JISC news - Tue, 05/10/2016 - 16:38
11 May 2016

The deadline for Summer of Student Innovation is Monday 23 May 2016, and you'll need 250 votes to get through to the next stage.

Justin Haylock, senior innovation developer at Jisc, talks about his role as part of this year's Summer of Student Innovation competition, shares some inspiration from previous winners, and explains why you should apply if you think you have a great idea.

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