ETAG – a good Bett for UK education?

After a few weeks of frantic activity, parents were invited to school to view the children’s creations. There were models made of papier-mâché, Lego, and even shoe boxes and old loo roll holders. My daughter decided to make an entire model school in Minecraft on her iPad. Fast forward to late January 2015 and all eyes were on Bett 2015... >>

ETAG illustration
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Martin Hamilton

Calling all university and colleges website managers – secure your domains for the future

There’s been quite a lot of confusion about what this entails, and I want to shed some light on the situation and help operators make the transition to the new standard. Why are the changes happening? SHA-1 (Secure Hash Algorithm) is a popular cryptographic hashing function for encryption on the public web that is used in a lot of security... >>

Wall of keys
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Simon Cooper

How technology-enabled data sharing could aid medical research

Researchers at the University of Leicester and University Hospitals Leicester NHS Trust are working at the forefront of such international initiatives . The issue With the rapid increase in the data available to biomedical translational researchers, the need for adaptable informatics tools to support them is now overwhelming. Currently, much of their research is not reused outside of the individual... >>

Dr Jonathan Tedds

Unravelling the true cost of publishing in open access

Listen to and download our podcast on the true cost of publishing in open access Journal publishing models are changing rapidly, especially here in the UK where government, research councils’ and research funders’ policies increasingly require publication of research outputs in open access. In the last two years, following publication of the Finch Report , there has been marked growth... >>

Lorraine Estelle

A new window on Jisc R&D

It used to be the ‘research and development’ section but user research told us that the abbreviation ‘R&D’ is more meaningful than the spelt-out version. I love user testing - it always throws up surprises. I love user testing - it always throws up surprises What’s new? The section has a distinctive look and feel which extends the original design... >>

Laptop research
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Laptop research
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Ben Whitehouse

Where next for the e-book?

Realising that ambition, though, is not without significant technological challenges and cost implications. How are these challenges being overcome and what are the benefits and impact of e-books in the academic context? Listen to and download our podcast on the future of e-books A new book, E-books in education: realising the vision , brings together the experiences of colleagues in... >>

eBook reader
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Roger Tritton

The biggest challenges in UK education and how to solve them: what you told us

There are so many pressures at the moment; we need to continue to add efficiencies in the face of reduced budgets, but also improve teaching, learning and research outcomes in order to keep the UK competitive. For me, when it comes to taking on these big challenges prioritisation is key. If collectively as a sector we are to come out... >>

Summer of Student Innovation showcase 2014
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Andy McGregor

Celebrating outstanding ICT in UK higher education

As one of the judges of the THE awards, I wanted to take a moment to celebrate the shortlisted institutions and their projects in this category. I will start with the winner, and go on to give attention to each of entries, which I think epitomise some of the excellent digital work that’s being done in UK higher education. Open... >>

Jack Dee and Martyn Harrow with THE Awards winners 2014
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Martin Hamilton

Delivering curriculum-relevant services

As part of my role I am responsible for the delivery of a free new service called Digimap for Colleges , it offers students and staff in further education access to a range of up to date Ordnance Survey digital maps for Great Britain. Digimap for Colleges has been designed specifically for the further education sector. Listen to and download... >>

Digimap for Colleges
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Anne Robertson

Five tips for improving cyber security

Last week I spoke to people in IT security from further and higher education at our annual CSIRT conference (Computer Security and Incident Response Team). It’s the one time of the year where everyone can come together, drink endless cups of coffee, and talk with others in the same situation. Listen and download this blog as a podcast You usually... >>

Lee Harrigan-Green