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The Turing Way forward

Our community champion programme recognises and celebrates inspiring people from further and higher education and research, who go above and beyond to collaborate and share experiences for the good of all. >>

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Sparking a passion for digital skills: a tried and tested approach to developing staff confidence

The digital experience insights survey 2020/21 revealed that only 6% of higher education teaching staff felt they received recognition for developing their digital skills. But with more being expected from educators, are they getting the support and recognition they need?  >>

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Askham Bryan’s roadmap to the future of digital learning

Askham Bryan College have an exciting new build in which they will set out to improve the digital skills of their students and continue to build online and digital into the curriculum. Through investment and a ‘teachers helping teachers’ philosophy, they plan to build a support community to help them achieve their digital vision for 2030. >>

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Creating library vibes for students studying remotely

Study sessions in the university library are, for many, a fundamental part of the student experience. Whether that’s nostalgic memories of long nights surrounded by open books or what’s in your calendar for the rest of this week, they are familiar experiences shared by many a hard-working student. >>

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Transforming assessment across the board at UCL

Universities were forced to break the mould when it came to assessment in 2020. But UCL made the bold decision to deliver all its 2021 exams and assessments online too – on a new, purpose-built platform. >>

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How Kirklees Council is tackling digital inequality through eduroam

The pandemic highlighted how differences in access to connectivity affects students’ chances. Terence Hudson, head of technology at Kirklees Council, explains how taking up Jisc’s offer of rolling out eduroam with govroam is helping the council tackle digital inclusivity and creating a long-term positive impact for the whole region. >>

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Cardiff Metropolitan University: emerging stronger from cyber attack

When Sean Cullinan, head of information services at Cardiff Metropolitan University, realised the university’s systems were under attack, it kickstarted a powerful working relationship with Jisc that transformed security.    >>

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From USB sticks to terabyte data transfers: how astronomers are making the universe feel smaller

While astronomers tackle the largest research area possible – the entire universe beyond the Earth’s atmosphere – just a few telescopes around the world provide much of the data they study to uncover the secrets of the universe’s celestial objects.  >>

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University of Liverpool: “Democratising knowledge”

The University of Liverpool has many valuable collections – there are two miles of archives within its humanities and social sciences library alone. In early 2020 the university’s special collections and archives team proposed the Oliver Lodge Collection for digitisation as part of our R&D project to develop sustainable approaches to digitising collections. >>

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King’s College London: “Digitising collections opens up whole new areas for research”

The UK’s researchers, learners and teachers now have free access to a new digitised collection of rare content from university archives and special collections. King’s College London’s Charles Wheatstone collection will be digitised as part of the project. The content to be digitised offers rich insights and opportunities to develop new avenues for research. >>

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University of Reading: culture hacks

Keen to change perceptions and raise the profile of his team across the organisation, Stuart Brown, director of digital technology services at the University of Reading, shares his experiences of using technology to make cultural changes. >>

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University of Derby: institutional-wide framework

“The pandemic has changed the nature of learning in universities to be more future-focused, fit for purpose, and to really reflect the society that we live in” says Fiona Shelton, University of Derby. >>

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Welcome to campus, virtually

How virtual reality has enabled Lakes College to showcase their campus and facilities when physical attendance hasn’t been possible. >>

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Rapidly up-skilling staff in lockdown

“The sheer number of staff who are now completely skilled up in a number of critical digital platforms has been an absolute godsend for me as the CIO of the university,” says Gavin McLachlan, vice-principal chief information officer, and librarian to the University of Edinburgh. >>

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Student voice is guiding light for the future of teaching, learning, and assessment

By the time the UK’s lockdown restrictions were enforced, AECC University College had already been busy. As well as producing guidelines on teaching continuity while working remotely, they had also run a focus group with students and IT to identify technology solutions for remote learning, and surveyed students still on campus to understand why they hadn’t left yet (crucially, it was because many had no wifi at home). >>

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Challenge-based learning: rethinking student engagement

When Falmouth University had to postpone the Workshops Festival, its annual event where students can take part in a range of workshops across campus from lino cutting to silver soldering, a virtual alternative was needed to feed the creative appetite of its students.  >>

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Seamless e-book discovery for students switching between physical and online

After ten years of nudging and gentle encouragement, lockdown was an unexpected shot in the arm for e-resources librarian Chris Skerrow’s mission to get digital resources more widely adopted across Hull College. >>

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“Learning analytics is about hearts and minds, as well as technology” - James Hodgkin, University of Gloucestershire

Gloucestershire's associate director of library technology and information (LTI) and university librarian asks “if you’re responsible for teaching or mentoring students, how do you know if they’re embracing student life, living well and staying on track with their learning? Is it enough to simply ask them? What if they just say ‘I’m fine’?” >>

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Delivering college IT services remotely

When lockdown kicked in, Luminate Education Group provided a quick, seamless transition for its large group of colleges and schools around the Leeds area so that staff and students could continue to work and study from home. Graham Eland, group IT director, explains how. >>

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Cloud thinking

With learning and collaborating at a distance on everyone’s agenda, a new Institutes of Technology project is using cloud solutions to keep learners collaborating, wherever they are. >>

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Learners shaping their own digital experience

Imagine you’re a level one plumbing student re-taking GCSE English. Wouldn’t it improve your experience if you had English GSCE learning resources focused around plumbing? Even better if those resources were 360-degree films that immersed you in the world of a plumbing workshop all while preparing for your English GSCE assessment. >>

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Bridging the gap

It’s late November 2019 and Dale Clancy, electrical installation lecturer from Borders College, is attending the annual College Development Network award ceremony in Glasgow. >>

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How big data could vaccinate the world

A team at the University of Bristol is revolutionising the way vaccines are developed, paving the way for faster and more effective vaccines against diseases for which there is currently no means of prevention. >>

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Supporting students to stick with university

Abertay University and Jisc share an ambition: to make higher education flexible, accessible and welcoming for everyone – no matter who they are and where they come from. >>

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Delivering a digital education

University of Sunderland has an ambition to become a truly digital first university. They’re taking staff and students on a journey to develop their digital skills, putting technology at the heart of what they do. We’ve been working with the university and through a range of Jisc services, are supporting them to realise this ambition. >>

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Solving the virtual learning environment headache

Jisc worked with The Northern School of Art to redesign their virtual learning environment so that it makes life easier for students and staff. Since then, log-ins are up by nearly two thirds. >>

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