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Inspiring colleges to improve the learner experience

Over the last few weeks we’ve been immersed in our Connect More programme of regional events and it has been as rewarding as ever to meet with Jisc members. At each event, I’ve been searching out practitioners in FE and skills to talk about the ideas and insights we shared in the various sessions and to find out where we can help people to do things better. >>

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Sarah Knight

What I’ve learned as a woman in tech with gender dysphoria

Hi, my name is Chloe and I work in strategy and corporate services where I'm a SharePoint architect and developer. I've been at Jisc for about four years or so both as a contractor and as a full time member of staff. In my spare time I'm an artist and photographer, and also study Chen style Tai Chi. I have gender dysphoria, and I transitioned from male to female whilst working at Jisc. >>

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Chloe Gilbert

An update: Jisc and FE subscription

So far, I have refrained from responding to comments in the media and among sector representatives relating to the requirement from the Department for Education (DfE) for Jisc to introduce a subscription for further education colleges in England. >>

Paul Feldman

Why it's time to get tough on passwords

Earlier this year, Jisc informed several universities and colleges that compromised usernames and passwords belonging to some of their staff and students had appeared in the public domain, on one of several legitimate websites often used for this purpose. >>

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John Chapman

FE subscription: members’ top concerns answered

Since March, when the Department for Education (DfE) announced that English colleges must pay Jisc a subscription from August 2019, we’ve been talking with as many affected members as possible to answer questions and listen to feedback. >>

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Paul McKean

Taking pride in who you are: a personal coming-out story

At the start of Pride month, our executive director of technologies, Tim Kidd, talks about the difficulties of coming out, what it is like working at Jisc, and his passion for helping young people through his role as the Scouts' UK chief commissioner >>

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A robust cyber security strategy is one of the top priorities for my college

As a college leader there are many concerning issues to consider, including the pressure on funds, doing the best I can for staff and students and keeping up with ever-changing shift in government policy. But right up there on my list of priorities is cyber security, particularly protection of the college network and the countless online systems which depend upon it. >>

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