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QAA publishes subject benchmark for Master's Degrees in Computing

Fri 20th May, 2011

Setting the benchmark for postgraduate computing study

What does it mean to be a postgraduate computing student in the UK?

New guidance from the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) will support institutions that offer master's degrees in computing and information technology subjects.

The new subject benchmark statement, published today by QAA, was developed following strong demand from the computing higher education community.

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Higher Education Academy - Teaching Development Grants

Tue 10th May, 2011

The Higher Education Academy is offering bid-based development grant funding to stimulate evidence-based research and encourage innovations in learning and teaching that have the potential for sector-wide impact.


Over the next year there will be a total of £1.5 million of funding available for individual grants, departmental grants and collaborative grants.

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UKeiG seeks the 2011 nominations for its Jason Farradane Award

Tue 10th May, 2011

The UKeiG Jason Farradane Award is made to an individual or a group of people in recognition of outstanding work in the information profession. The Award embraces activities in the information profession in its widest sense, while the UKeiG Tony Kent Strix Award focuses more narrowly on information retrieval.

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Higher Education Academy job opportunities

Tue 10th May, 2011

The Higher Education Academy (HEA) is developing a new and ambitious strategy to support higher education institutions in their work to improve learning and teaching. To deliver this work, the HEA has created a range of exciting opportunities for innovative
and inspirational individuals to work with us as core staff and as Academic Associates.

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Call for 2011 LIRG/JIBS Student Awards

Wed 13th Apr, 2011

2011 LIRG/JIBS Student Awards - closing date is 13 May 2011.

The Library and Information Research Group (LIRG), in conjunction with
JIBS, awards a student research prize of £300 each year for a
research-based project. Each School of Library and Information Studies is
invited to nominate one of their students' projects for the award.

LIRG offers the prize to promote a greater awareness amongst students of
the importance of research and to facilitate the dissemination of the
results of outstanding projects. More information about the LIRG Award:

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Nominations for 2011 Tony Kent Strix Award

Thu 24th Feb, 2011

The UKeiG Tony Kent Strix Award is given in recognition of an outstanding practical innovation or achievement in the field of information retrieval. This could take the form of an application or service, or an overall appreciation of past achievements from which significant advances have emanated. The Award is open to individuals or groups from anywhere in the world. The deadline for nominations is Friday 26th August 2011.

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BAILER Infographic competition

Wed 23rd Feb, 2011

BAILER – the British Association for Information and Library Education and Research – are pleased to announce a competition to design an infographic illustrating the value of libraries and challenging the logic of closures. The three best entries will win £100 in Amazon vouchers.


Please see for more details.

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HEA Wales announces new initiatives

Fri 18th Feb, 2011

Enhancement Fund 2011
We are please to invite applications to the Learning and Teaching Enhancement Fund for Wales for up to £2,500 per proposal. This is an open call and proposals are welcome any time up to Friday 13 May 2011. Further information is available in the call document at

Travel Fund 2011
This new initiative, launched by HEA Wales in the 2010/11 academic year, is aimed at encouraging the exchange and dissemination of good practice, at the discipline level, throughout the UK. It is specifically aimed at enabling staff and students at Welsh HEIs to engage with colleagues from other parts of the UK and to support their institution's priorities and developments in learning and teaching. For more information and to apply, please visit

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JISC TechDis Subject Library Survey – experiences in obtaining alternative formats

Tue 15th Feb, 2011

Do you have experience of working with publishers to source or produce accessible texts for your students? JISC TechDis are seeking to produce a summary of publisher responsiveness to requests for alternative and / or accessible texts on a subject by subject basis.

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Engineering and Sustainable Development workshops

Tue 8th Feb, 2011

Friday 25 Feb 2011, Queen's University Belfast

These workshops for engineering lecturers aim to introduce and explore, curricula content, ways of thinking, and pedagogical and assessment approaches which will facilitate engineering students' abilities in the following areas:
- recognise the importance of environmental sustainability in impoverished communities as well as developed nations
- critique the environmental, economic and social impact of a development and its sustainability in all three domains and appreciate the connections in relation to engineering practices
- question what is being sustained and for whom with any engineering project
- ensure full participation with any affected community
- question whether local communities lifestyles will be maintained or improved
- critique the difference between environmentalism and environmental justice in relation to engineering practice
- appreciate the connections between social, environmental and economic spheres in relation to engineering practices
- know the interrelationship between poverty reduction and environmental sustainability.

The Global Dimension project will pay 70% of travel and subsistence costs or £100, whichever is lower, for the first 15 people who sign up.  We would encourage you to book your travel as soon as possible to ensure that you get the cheapest tickets available.  Please contact Kate Everest if you have any queries.

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Teaching in the Biosciences: an introduction for postgraduates and postdoctoral fellows

Tue 8th Feb, 2011 

Friday 25 Feb 2011, University of Ulster, Jordanstown Campus

Postgraduates and Postdoctoral Fellows play an increasingly important role in supporting teaching in UK higher education. The UK Centre for Bioscience provides support and resources for teaching staff in UK higher education for the development of teaching, learning and assessment. This event is designed for Postgraduates and Postdoctoral Fellows with an interest in developing their teaching experience, giving them the opportunity to meet Centre staff and Bioscience Representatives and explore issues in Higher Education relevant to their careers.

A limited number of travel bursaries of up to £50 are available for this event. Travel bursaries are intended for postgraduates or postdoctoral staff without access to a travel or professional development fund. If you would like to be considered for a travel bursary please contact Katherine Clark: with a short paragraph outlining why you should be considered for a travel bursary and an estimate of your travel costs.

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BCS - Innovative IT Recycling Competitions - the Art and Design Competition, and the Technical Innovation Competition

Wed 2nd Feb, 2011
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National Teaching Fellowship Scheme 2011 - Call for nominations

Fri 7th Jan, 2011

The National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (NTFS) Individual Awards 2011 call for nominations is now open.


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John Campbell Trust: January 2011 call

Fri 7th Jan, 2011

The John Campbell Trust is currently accepting applications for

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Call for papers ECE 2011

Fri 26th Nov, 2010

We invite you to submit a paper/abstract to the 6th International Education in a Changing Environment Conference, Creativity and Engagement in Higher Education, to be held at the University of Salford from 6-8 July 2011. The program committee invites submission of full papers and of abstracts for Pecha Kucha, workshop, demonstration, performance or poster sessions.

The proposal accompanying each paper/abstract should indicate how the work fits within one of the following three conference themes:

Social Media: exploring how social media can be used to facilitate, engage, support or deliver learning.

Learning, Teaching and Assessment: offering insights into creative ways of facilitating learning, teaching and assessment and enabling engagement with students.

Networking and Partnerships: addressing engagement and creativity with external partners. Partners may include a broad range of stakeholders from other UK Universities, Schools and Colleges to international partners, community groups, and employers. This may include research in organisational learning and in work related learning.

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PDP tool for Postgraduate Students

Tue 23rd Nov, 2010

Postgraduate students may be involved in teaching activities, and need support to help them in this activity. Institutions will normally provide training sessions and institution-specific guidance, but this is not always felt to be sufficient. HEA-ICS has conducted a survey of UK computing departments to ascertain what support materials are provided for PG students to develop personal development plans (PDP) to support their teaching activities.

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Update on the restructuring of the Higher Education Academy

Tue 16th Nov, 2010

Dear Colleague

As you may be aware, the future focus and structure of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) has been under review.

On Wednesday 10th November 2010 the Board of the HEA agreed a revised,  narrower focus for the HEA's work,  which will concentrate on activity that supports institutions and their staff in improving teaching in higher education.  This will be built around three aspects of the student learning experience - teacher excellence,  developing academic practice,  and institutional strategy.  The HEA will continue to work with institutional leaders and with academics in their disciplines.

The future of the HEA's work at the discipline level has been clarified;  Subject Centres will be phased out by summer 2012.  From 2012 work at discipline level will be led and coordinated centrally (from a restructured York office and smaller offices in Cardiff, Edinburgh and possibly, Northern Ireland),  and delivered with the support of a network of associates, including subject experts, drawn from academic staff based in or linked to a wide range of higher education institutions.

Subject Centres including Information and Computer Sciences will be funded for the remainder of the current academic year (to July 2011). From 1 August 2011 reduced funding will be provided for several months to support the involvement of Subject Centres in the development and delivery of services and projects for the Academy, and the transition to the new structure.
From 2011-12, the subject-level support from the HEA will include support for new academic staff and graduate teaching assistants, teaching development grants, specialist CPD workshops and the provision of subject-specific resources.

ICS will endeavour to deliver on the Operational Plan as submitted to the HEA for the period up until July 2011.  At the time of writing much of the detail relating to the operation of ICS during the transition to the new Academy structure is yet to be agreed.  We will endeavour to keep our subject community informed and look forward to your continued engagement and support.  In the meantime, please feel free to contact us on


ICS Subject Center.

16 November 2010

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Italics Call for Papers Feb 2011 Issue - OPEN

Fri 5th Nov, 2010

Call for Papers

We welcome individual contributions on topics relating to the coverage of ITALICS. For themed issues please see the Call For Papers below; If you have an idea for a themed issue and are interested in acting as a guest editor, please contact

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Student Essay Competition 2011

Fri 29th Oct, 2010

Are you a Computing or Library and Information Science student? Would you like the chance to win £300 and have your work published? If so, then take this opportunity to express your views on: "'Flexible learning' is a current buzz phrase; how do you envisage the perfect flexible learning course?"

The Higher Education Academy's Information and Computer Science Subject Centre, is offering you the chance to submit your opinions and experiences in an essay or podcast/vidcast form. This opportunity is open to anyone studying Computing or Library and Information Science as part of their higher education course. International students studying at a UK institution are more than welcome to enter. However, UK or non-UK students studying at institutions outside of the UK are unfortunately not eligible for the award.

To enter this competition all you need to do is write a 1,000-word essay or record a
five-minute podcast/vidcast on how does the reality of studying Computing or Information / Library Sciences match your initial expectations.

Full details on how to enter  can be found at

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Open Educational Resources 2011 (OER11) Conference

Tue 19th Oct, 2010

Manchester Conference Centre
11 - 13 May 2011

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Jorum e-review now available

Mon 11th Oct, 2010

Jorum e-review is a monthly bulletin which aims to highlight some of the resources available in Jorum, in addition to news from the Jorum team.  Jorum exists to provide a trusted source of free learning and teaching resources across all subject areas, saving academics time, showcasing institutions' efforts and increasing the visibility of their resources. Jorum supports the OER movement and those who want to find, share and discuss learning and teaching resources.  You can follow Jorum on Twitter or via Facebook. 

From this month’s Jorum e-Review: a new Jorum roadmap has been released; a presentation 'Depositing materials in JorumOpen' is available online; and in September the UKOER Phase 2 projects, which will be depositing their Open Educational Resources (OER) into JorumOpen over the coming year, were released.

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CfP:special issue of Research in Learning Technology on 'Theory in Learning Technology'

Mon 11th Oct, 2010

This is a call for papers for a Special Issue of Research in Learning Technology, the Journal of the Association for Learning Technology (Volume 19, Number 3) on Theory in Learning Technology:

Abstracts can be submitted to either of the guest editors for informal feedback until 1 December 2010.

Papers should be submitted via the Manuscript Central online submission system at before 31 January 2011.

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Review of libraries & archives sector NOS / frameworks

Fri 8th Oct, 2010

Lifelong Learning UK (LLUK) is undertaking a review of the Information and Library Services, Archives Services and Records Management National Occupational Standards (NOS), working with the sector to ensure that the standards meet the needs of those who use them. 

NOS are practical resource tools with the ability to support staff at every level of the workforce and can be used to support the full range of human resource development activities including performance management, training and development, and recruitment and selection.  Long term benefits can include increased effectiveness, reduced workloads, and a reduction in resource expenditure.

 A LAIS NOS Factsheet is available on the LLUK website which provides additional information on the process of revising the current NOS.   Feedback on the revised draft of the NOS from those working in the sector across the UK is very important so we would encourage anyone from the libraries, archives and information services (LAIS) sector with an interest in refining and shaping the standards to take part. 

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CfP: 6th Education in a Changing Environment Conference

Thu 7th Oct, 2010

The University of Salford’s 6th Education in a Changing Environment Conference, Creativity and Engagement in Higher Education, will explore and discuss international best practice in teaching and educational research in higher education. Through themes of Social Media; Learning, Teaching and Assessment; Networking and Partnerships, the Conference will identify creative models for engagement in a shifting educational landscape.  Call for papers deadline is January 14th, 2011

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Latest ICS Newsletter available

Wed 6th Oct, 2010

The latest issue of the HEA-ICS Newsletter is now available online: issue 20 - October 2010

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How To Do A Bibliometric Analysis Of Your HEI

Tue 5th Oct, 2010

There has been a lot of publicity regarding bibliometrics in relation to the forthcoming REF  in recent months. In this publication, the background to the use of bibliometrics in the REF is given, and then advice is given on how someone could carry out a bibliometric analysis on staff within their own HEI.


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JISC Infrastructure for Education & Research projects

Mon 4th Oct, 2010

We’re pleased to announce

JISC Grant Funding 15/10: JISC Infrastructure for Education & Research:

There is a Briefing Day next Monday 11th October.

Deadline for bids is Monday 15th November.


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Digital Literacies Symposium

Fri 1st Oct, 2010

The 11th ELESIG Symposium, sponsored by JISC, will take place in London on Wednesday, 6th October and report the work of the SLiDA Project that has been investigating how institutions are creating and enabling opportunities that promote the development of effective learning in a digital age.

As always there will also be opportunities to network with members of the ELESIG community and to share and exchange latest project news and research findings including outcomes of some of this year’s Small Awards Grants funded by the Higher Education Academy.  Spaces available by registering at

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Funding announced for testing of the Strategic ICT Toolkit

Thu 30th Sep, 2010

JISC invites institutions to submit short structured expressions of interest to field test the Strategic ICT Toolkit – a new online resource designed to help institutions analyse, assess and develop their strategic use of ICT - and to report back their experiences.

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JISC Grant Funding Opportunities

Thu 30th Sep, 2010

JISC invites institutions to submit proposals for the following areas in support of its strategic objective to help institutions improve their efficiency and effectiveness, particularly with regard to their corporate and business systems, and to become more environmentally sustainable:

  •       Business Intelligence Systems
  •       Relationship Management 
  •       Greening ICT
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JISC seeks SWaNI FE proposals for e-learning programme

Thu 30th Sep, 2010

JISC invites FE colleges, funded via SFC, DCELLS Wales and DEL Northern Ireland, to submit initial proposals for innovative projects in the e-learning domain, as part of its e-learning programme for 2010/11. Funding of at least £500,000 in total is available for these Learning and Teaching Innovation Grants within SWaNI (Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) FE.

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JISC call for proposals for e-content programme in 2011

Wed 29th Sep, 2010

JISC invites institutions to submit funding proposals for projects to be funded as part of its e-content programme for 2011. Funding of up to £840,000 is available within two strands:

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Invitation to Jorum user experience focus group

Wed 29th Sep, 2010

The Jorum team is currently involved in some work to improve the user experience of Jorum, and as part of this, we would like to invite you to take part in an online focus group.


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Report on 'Student Perceptions of Referencing'

Wed 29th Sep, 2010

The challenge of referencing: a Write Now/LearnHigher funded mini research project

Over the last two years Write Now has collaborated with the LearnHigher Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning by awarding mini research grants to the Referencing Learning Area of LearnHigher. This has enabled Colin Neville of the University of Bradford to conduct research on the perceptions of students toward referencing in assignments. During 2008-10, over 600 home and international students were contacted across 17 UK institutions of higher education, including students at London Met University.  This led to two survey reports:  ‘Student Perceptions of Referencing’, and ‘International Students, Writing and Referencing’.  The reports have been presented at two Symposia at Bradford, in 2009 and 2010 respectively, attracting on both occasions the venue maximum of 70 delegates from Britain and overseas.

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Future of Informs and the Virtual Training Suite

Wed 29th Sep, 2010

As you may be aware, central funding for both Informs and the Virtual Training Suite will be coming to an end in 2011.  An online survey about the future of Informs and the Virtual Training Suite is available from:

This survey is part of a consultation programme aimed at finding out whether those who currently use and recommend these products (as well as potential users) value them and whether there might be an opportunity to develop both products within subscription or membership models, possibly with new or enhanced features.

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CILIP Accreditation Board Recruitment

Wed 29th Sep, 2010

Got an opinion of content of LIS degrees? Then consider joining CILIP's Accreditation Board

Applications are invited from Chartered Members and Fellows of CILIP to serve on the Accreditation Board.  This Board is responsible for assessing all applications from institutions of further and higher education for accreditation of courses in librarianship and information management at degree level.  In addition the Board administers the CILIP Seal of Recognition which recognises relevant training and development programmes within the profession.

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Free Media-Enhanced Feedback workshop (Sheffield)

Thu 23rd Sep, 2010

A free Media-Enhanced Feedback workshop which will take place in Sheffield  on 27th October - details can be found at

The day-long workshop is a 'co-production' of the ASSET JISC Benefits Realisation project and the Media-Enhanced Learning Special Interest Group.  The day will be a mix of workshops and presentations with sessions for beginners and experienced practitioners. 

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LIRG and JIBS Student Awards Winners 2010

Thu 23rd Sep, 2010

The Library and Information Research Group (LIRG) and JIBS are pleased to announce the winners of their 2010 Student Awards.

LIRG offers its award to promote a greater awareness amongst students of the importance of research and to facilitate the dissemination of the results of outstanding projects. Each School of Library and Information Studies is invited to nominate one of their students' projects for the award.

This year, for the first time, a parallel award was offered by JIBS. The JIBS competition focuses on the area of library information systems, bibliographic databases or other resource discovery technologies and how such resources or technologies are being developed or exploited.

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Call for abstracts: EBLIP6 (6th International Evidence Based Library & Information Practice)

Mon 20th Sep, 2010

The International Programme Committee for the 6th International Evidence Based Library and Information Practice (EBLIP6) conference invites you to submit oral presentations and posters for the conference 'EBLIP6: Valuing Knowledge and Expertise' to be held at the University of Salford, Greater Manchester, UK from 27th-30th June 2011.  Themes include EBLIP in the LIS curriculum.


Submission is by a form which can be downloaded from the conference website at and emailing it to by 3rd December 2010.

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Open Day for students on information management courses

Mon 20th Sep, 2010

Please forward to LIS students

New to the profession? Studying information management?  BIALL and CLSIG invite graduate trainees, first jobbers and student librarians to their joint annual Open Day on Thursday 28th October 2010.

Date: Thursday 28th October 2010

Venue: Friends House, 173 Euston Road, London NW1 2BJ

Time: 9.00 to 4.30

Cost: £30 including lunch

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Tony Kent Strix and Jason Farradane Awards

Fri 10th Sep, 2010

UKeiG would like to remind you that there is still time – in fact until Friday 24th September – to nominate someone for either of these prestigious awards.


The UKeiG Jason Farradane Award is made to an individual or a group of people in recognition of outstanding work in the information profession. The Award embraces activities in the information profession in its widest sense, while the UKeiG Tony Kent Strix Award focuses more narrowly on outstanding practical innovation or achievement in the field of information retrieval.


Further details can be found from the UKeiG website at

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OER Pilot Programme Synthesis And Evaluation Report

Fri 10th Sep, 2010

In June 2009, JISC and the HE Academy awarded funding to Glasgow Caledonian University to examine their jointly funded OER Pilot programme; bringing together and analysing the activity of all the individual projects to gain a greater understanding of the release of Open Educational Resources. The OER Pilot programme enabled the large scale release of OER with a view to the creation of a mass of released materials and sustainability of OER release.

The final synthesis report includes recommendations to the funders and to the stakeholders represented in the three strands of the programme, and a version of the framework tool for use by the sector to audit progress towards more open practices around educational resources.

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Jorum Launches new visual identity

Tue 7th Sep, 2010

The Jorum team are pleased to announce the release of a new visual identity, officially launched this week at the ALT-C 2010 conference.  The Jorum service, which has seen numerous changes over the last year, began its transformation in January 2010 with the release of JorumOpen.


As a result of this recent growth in resources available, and feedback received from our users, it is the perfect time to adapt Jorum's look - to further enhance the service, promote the resources, and highlight the value and benefits of Jorum.

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LILAC 2011: call for papers

Tue 7th Sep, 2010

 LILAC 2011 will be held 18th - 20th April 2011 at the British Library in London.  Further details and the call for papers are available on the LILAC website:


The themes of next year's conference are:

    * New to teaching

    * Creativity in IL

    * Supporting excellence in the research community

    * IL in society: making a difference

    * IL in the future

    * Evidence based IL


We are looking for short and long papers, workshops and symposiums, posters and pecha kucha presentations. Please notes the call for papers closes on 1st November 2010, so please do consider submitting a paper. We look forward to welcoming you to LILAC 2011.


Dr Jane Secker, LILAC Committee

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Sponsorship for CILIP chartership candidate at 10th Annual E-Books Conference (Scotland)

Wed 1st Sep, 2010

Sponsorship of a CILIP chartership candidate at Working in a digital age:  The 10th Annual E-Books Conference.
The Multimedia Information Technology Group Scotland (MmITS) is sponsoring one place for a CILIP chartership candidate studying under the supervision of a Scottish library and information sector institution. The cost of the conference fees and travel expenses within Scotland will be met. The successful candidate will be expected to produce a report on the Conference.

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Zetoc Questionnaire

Wed 25th Aug, 2010

The producers of the Zetoc service  are seeking postgraduates, researchers, and educators in HE who would be willing to talk to them about how they could develop and enhance the Zetoc service. The discussion will be informal and will focus on getting your thoughts about your use of the service. It is expected to take about 1 hour and 30 minutes, and in return for your time you will a £40 Amazon voucher. No travelling will be involved as the researcher will visit you at your convenience.

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JISC Funding Opportunities

Thu 19th Aug, 2010

JISC has recently updated the future calls section of its website and now shows planned Grant calls and Invitations To Tenders from August 2010 to July 2011.

Details of the calls can be found via the following link


Further information relating to the calls and ITTs will be posted to JISC Announce  as these are issued.

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iConference 2011: Call for Participation

Thu 19th Aug, 2010

The goal of iConference 2011 is to create an unparalleled intellectual experience that focuses on information challenges and opportunities, while at the same time promoting excellence in research and building community. Our four-day format will include papers, posters, workshops and myriad alternative events. Also being organized is a Doctoral Student Colloquium and a Junior Faculty & Postdoc Colloquium, popular venues at past iConferences. All will be offered in a shared, onsite experience that fosters interaction, spontaneity, reflection, and forward movement.

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Student survey shows high levels of satisfaction among undergraduates

Wed 18th Aug, 2010


NSS 2010 shows continued high levels of satisfaction among higher education undergraduate students.  The overall satisfaction rate for students studying at all types of higher education institution (HEI) and at further education colleges (FECs) in England remains high, with 82 per cent saying they are satisfied with their course in this year's National Student Survey (NSS).

This year more students than ever were able to take part in the survey run by Ipsos MORI. Around 252,000 students responded – that is 30,000 more than last year.  The overall response rate this year was 63.1 per cent. A total of 152 HEIs and 113 FECs from across the UK took part in the survey.

To read this item in full visit:



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The Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship: Europe, the Middle East and Africa

Tue 17th Aug, 2010

The Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship (Europe, the Middle East and Africa) is an award open to female students who will be enrolled in a Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD programme (or equivalent) in 2011/2012. Applicants must complete the online application and submit all requested documents by 1st February 2011.

Multiple scholarships will be awarded based on the strength of candidates’ academic performance, leadership experience and demonstrated passion for computer science. A group of female Bachelor’s, Master’s, and PhD student finalists will be chosen from the applicant pool. The scholarship recipients will each receive a €7,000 (or equivalent) scholarship.

In June 2011, all scholarship recipients and finalists will be invited to visit Google’s Engineering Centre in Zurich for a networking retreat. It will include workshops with a series of speakers, panels, breakout sessions and social activities, and will provide an opportunity for all finalists to meet and share their experiences.

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EBLIDA seeks a new Director

Wed 11th Aug, 2010



EBLIDA - the European Bureau of Library, Information and Documentation Associations - is looking to appoint a new Director at the latest from December 2010. The post is based in The Hague in The Netherlands.  Details of the vacancy are at:


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OCLC/ALISE LIS Faculty Research Grant Proposals

Wed 11th Aug, 2010

OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc. and OCLC Research, in collaboration with the Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE), invite research proposals for the 2011 Library and Information Science Research Grant Program (LISRGP). Awards of up to $15,000 are available to full-time academic faculty in schools of library and information science or related fields.

Electronically submitted proposals for the 2010 OCLC/ALISE Library & Information Science Research Grant Program are due by midnight Wednesday, 15 September 2010

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Virtual World Conference 2010 (in Second Life)

Wed 11th Aug, 2010

We are pleased to announce The Virtual World Conference 2010, a unique event exploring the use of online virtual worlds for learning, collaborative work and business ventures, which will be hosted over a 24-hour period entirely in Second Life on 15 September 2010.

The one-day conference, following the sun, will bring together 21 international speakers from around the world to share ideas, showcase innovations and applications, and hold debates with a world-wide audience. This is an excellent opportunity to get a snapshot of leading research and expertise in the field, as well as network with like-minded peers.

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JISC ITT: the impact of OER use on teaching and learning

Mon 9th Aug, 2010

Invitation to Tender: OER Phase 2: Strand B(i): Examination of the impact of OER use on teaching and learning


The HE Academy and JISC invites tenders to conduct a study of the impact of the use of OERs on teaching and learning, the benefits that OERs can offer learners and  those  supporting the learner process and the pedagogical frameworks that enable effective use of OERs.

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ALT-C 2010: "Into something rich and strange" - making sense of the sea-change *Booking deadline approaching*

Fri 6th Aug, 2010

*Booking deadline approaching*: next Friday, 13 August

*ALT-C 2010 programme available*:

*Keynotes and Invited Speakers*
Full biographies, session times and abstracts for our range of interesting keynote and invited speakers are now available:

Plenary speakers:
* Saul Tendler, the University of Nottingham's Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Teaching and Learning;
* Barbara Wasson, Professor of Pedagogical Information Science at the Department of Information Science and Media Studies, University of Bergen, Norway;
* Sugata Mitra, Professor of Educational Technology at Newcastle University;
* Donald Clark, Board Member of Ufi, and former CEO of Epic Group plc.

Invited speakers:
1. Hans-Peter Baumeister, Co-Director of the European School of Business's Research Institute at Reutlingen University, Germany;
2. Heather Fry, Director of Education and Participation, HEFCE;
3. Sudhir Giri, Head of Learning Technologies for Google;
4. Martin Hall, Vice-Chancellor, University of Salford;
5. Frank McLoughlin, Principal, City and Islington College;
6. Aaron Porter, President, National Union of Students;
7. Josie Taylor, Director, Institute of Educational Technology, The Open University;
8. David White, Senior Manager: Development, Technology-Assisted Lifelong Learning, University of Oxford.

*Sponsored presentations*
1. Becta
2. Blackboard Collaborate
(the arm of Blackboard that now includes Wimba and Elluminate)
3. Blackboard Learn
4. Desire2Learn
5. Intel
7. Talis Education
8. The Higher Education Academy

Abstracts and timings can be found here:

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Sustainable development projects in HE

Thu 5th Aug, 2010

Keeping pace with enthusiasm for sustainable development

Eleven sustainable development projects in the higher education (HE) sector are being supported by a HEFCE funding initiative 'Leading sustainable development in higher education'.  Full information about the projects is available at:

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Vacancy: Impact Research Fellow

Tue 3rd Aug, 2010

A part time (0.5 FTE, fixed term for 6 months) Research Fellow post is available, offering a unique opportunity to analyse the impact of a group of key social media projects in relation to business innovation and the growing field of transliteracy research. It is ideally suited to a scholar wishing to examine the importance of impact in relation to a substantial example of social media practice.

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Social Media Will Play Major Role at IFLA 2010

Mon 2nd Aug, 2010

This year IFLA will be using social media to help delegates make the most of their experience at this year’s World Library and Information Congress in Gothenburg, Sweden (10-15 August 2010).  The Conference website is the place to find all official IFLA news and can stay updated on the congress programme (highlights, room changes, etc.).

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5th JISC international online conference

Mon 2nd Aug, 2010

Register now for the 5th JISC international online conference: Bringing innovation to life: From adversity comes opportunity. The online conference takes place from 23-26 November 2010, with a fee of £50 per delegate.  Proceedings take place in an asynchronous virtual environment which can be accessed wherever and whenever is convenient to you.

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MSOR Network, School of Mathematical Sciences Assistant Director

Thu 29th Jul, 2010

Starting salary in the range of £37,839 - £43,840 a year (potential progression on performance once in post to £49,342). The post is fixed-term until July 2011.

An exciting and challenging opportunity has arisen to work with the Mathematics, Statistics and Operational Research Network (a Higher Education Academy Subject Centre).  The Network aims to promote high quality learning and teaching through the development and transfer of good practices and to provide a 'one-stop-shop' of learning and teaching resources and information for the MSOR HE community.

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Iinvitation to help develop an Information Literacy assessment Question Bank

Tue 27th Jul, 2010

See below for  an invitation to participate in the development of a UK Information Literacy assessment Question Bank.    Please contact LIS-INFOLITERACY@JISCMAIL.AC.UK to receive a document outlining the project. 

The work proposed here will, using the CILIP definition of information literacy, develop questions for a UK Online Information Literacy Assessment Question Bank, and it is to this end that we invite information professionals to contribute to this initiative.

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CfP: 2nd International Conference on Computational Creativity

Thu 22nd Jul, 2010

A Call for Papers has been issued for ICCC-11, the 2nd International Conference on Computational Creativity, to be held from April 27-29, 2011 in Mexico City, Mexico:

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Book reviewers wanted for Journal of Information Literacy

Wed 21st Jul, 2010

The Journal of Information Literacy is looking for new writers to contribute book reviews and help us stay abreast of the ever-expanding literature on the subject. Book reviews are usually between 500 and 600 words in length, and reviewers get to keep the books being reviewed.


The journal is published twice yearly, with Summer (June) and Winter (December) issues, and past book reviews (and of course past articles) can be read at


If you would be interested in contributing book reviews, please send me an email in the first instance ( outlining your main information literacy interests (e.g. theoretical aspects, technological aspects, policy aspects, etc.) and, where appropriate, providing links to previous book reviews.

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Wed 21st Jul, 2010

The Sloodle project has recently been awarded a Teachning and Learning Innovation Grant from JISC. Previously the project was funded for 2 years by and Eduserv grant which has recently finished. Sloodle is a project which integrates Second Life with Moodle. For more information:

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JorumOpen survey: summary of results now available

Tue 20th Jul, 2010

Key themes from the JorumOpen survey results are now available to view on the Jorum Community Bay – go to item 2 at the following link:

Following the JorumOpen survey in April 2010, the Jorum team has analysed the responses and summarised the key themes. The feedback we have received will help us to plan future developments to Jorum, including a "Jorum roadmap" which will provide our community with information on the direction that Jorum intends to take in the future. We hope to be able to share this document later this summer.

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New WebPA Resource Pack available online

Tue 20th Jul, 2010

The WebPA Resource Pack has been designed to support those considering the adoption of WebPA. It captures the various deliverables generated from the JISC funded project in a usable guide and also helps to inform the implementation and embedding of the tool within a department and, ultimately, across an institution. All the experience and guidance within the pack is based on lessons learnt by the adopters of the WebPA tool and the project team. The pack is designed in a way that you can easily point colleagues to relevant sections or give them the handouts at the end of the pack.

You can download the Pack from Please bear with us as we finalise some of the links.




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IET Young Woman Engineer

Tue 20th Jul, 2010

The IET Young Woman Engineer Award is a prestigious award that honours the very best female engineers under the age of 30 working in the UK today. It seeks to highlight the achievements of women in engineering and to encourage others to enter the profession.

The closing date for entry for the 2010 Award is 30th July -

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CfP: Third International m-Libraries Conference

Tue 20th Jul, 2010

Papers and presentations are sought for the Third International m-Libraries Conference, which will take place from 11-13 May 2011 in Brisbane, Australia. The conference will explore and share work carried out in libraries around the world to deliver services and resources to users ‘on the move’, via a growing plethora of mobile and hand-held devices.

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Project Information Literacy update

Tue 20th Jul, 2010

Project Information Literacy (PIL)  has released a new research report  entitled, "Assigning Inquiry: How Handouts for Research Assignments Guide Today's College Students" (41 pages, PDF, 2.14MB).

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The Archives and Records Association

Wed 14th Jul, 2010


The  Archives & Records Association (ARA) came into existence on 1 June 2010 and is the result of a merger of the National Council on Archives and the Association of Chief Archivists in Local Government with the Society of Archivists. This exciting new development seeks to provide coherent representation of the archives sector, a wider range of services to members and enable wider involvement in shaping debate in the sector.


Their new website is (



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The Cyber Security Challenge UK launches in July

Wed 14th Jul, 2010

The UK’s first Cyber Security Challenge – the hunt for future UK cyber security professionals - will officially open on the 26th July.

The Cyber Security Challenge is a programme of national online games and face-to-face competitions that will test the cyber security abilities of individuals and teams from every walk of life. From 6th form leavers and undergraduates to seasoned security professionals, challenges are being set across the country for everyone with an interest in cyber security to demonstrate their skills. The Challenge is a new initiative to identify the future talent that will power and grow our national pool of cyber security professionals.

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Doctoral research opportunity at Edinburgh Napier University

Tue 13th Jul, 2010

Applications are invited from candidates who would like to undertake a three-year funded PhD studentship within the Institute for Informatics and Digital Innovation at Edinburgh Napier University in the UK. The Institute comprises five research centres, of which the Centre for Social Informatics is one (

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Two full-funded Librarianship PhD Studentships

Tue 13th Jul, 2010

The University of Sheffield is seeking PhD students to work on 2 fully-funded research projects in partnership with The British Library. Both projects have a collections focus and require experience of working in an academic or research library together with a Masters degree in librarianship or a related subject. Students expecting to obtain a Masters degree this summer may also apply. Only UK or EU residents are eligible. The positions are available from October 2010 and the awards cover tuition fees and maintenance grants of c£13.5K per year.


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Discounted student places: Coming to London Conference 2010

Tue 13th Jul, 2010

Archives for London are offering 6 student places at the subsidised price of £10 for their October conference, Coming to London.  As a bustling centre of trade and commerce, London has always been a popular destination for the cultural diaspora. Through archives we can trace that London has attracted, and offered refuge to, millions of people from round the world.

AfL’s annual conference, Coming to London will explore how and why individuals and groups ended up in London, and how they changed it. From internal migration, through to the activities of the West African Students Union, the diversity of subjects covered is shaping up to offer a fascinating day of discovery.’

For more details, and how to apply, see the website

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Three LIS academic vacancies at CSU, Australia

Tue 13th Jul, 2010

Following a very successful round of recruitment last year, the School of Information Studies at Charles Sturt University (CSU) is advertising for three more academic staff (two continuing, one three-year contract), as it continues to grow. Appointments will be made at Senior Lecturer, Lecturer, or Associate Lecturer level.

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UKAIS 2011 Annual Conference

Mon 28th Jun, 2010

The UK Academy for Information Systems will be holding its annual conference between 10-13 April 2011 in Oxford, UK.    Save the following dates in your diary!


Key dates:


 *   Call for conference tracks proposals - now open - please use  the survey link below

 *   Call For Papers will be announced end July 2010

 *   PhD Consortium 11 April 2011

 *   Conference: 12 & 13 April 2011



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PebblePad wins international elearning award

Mon 7th Jun, 2010

eportfolio users may be interested to know that Pebble Learning and the University of Wolverhampton have won a prestigious international elearning award; an international panel of judges selected online personal learning system PebblePad  for a Platinum Award for Global Learning Excellence – the highest available - at the IMS Global Learning Impact Awards held in Long Beach, California in May 2010.

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Funding Call for Open Educational Resources for Accredited Courses for Teachers in Higher Education

Wed 2nd Jun, 2010

The HE Academy has released the next strand of Open Educational Resources funding:

Open Educational Resources for Accredited Courses for Teachers in Higher Education – Call for projects

  • Max Amount/Bid: £20,000
  • Closing date: 9 July 2010
  • Type of funding: Projects
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LIRG and JIBS Students Prizes

Fri 28th May, 2010

The  Library and Information Research Group (LIRG) awards a student prize each year for a research-based projects .This year JIBS will also be awarding a prize.

Both prizes will be for a Postgraduate dissertation or a final year Undergraduate project. The LIRG student prize will be awarded for a research based project on any LIS topic. The JIBS student prize will be restricted to the area of library information systems, bibliographic databases or other electronic technologies and how such resources or technologies are being developed or exploited, practical projects that exploit such technologies may also be submitted. 


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Space Competition

Tue 25th May, 2010



Richard Garriott, British-born computer games pioneer and astronaut has made available a fantastic video library of science experiments he performed on his visit to the International Space Station in 2008, which we are encouraging pupils to use to create their own space adventure.


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Thomson Reuters Outstanding Information Science Teacher Award

Tue 25th May, 2010

The purpose of the award is to recognize the unique teaching contribution of an individual as a teacher of information science.


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WebPA seminar: Peer Review of individual students in group projects

Wed 19th May, 2010

Book now for the  Closing the feedback loop in WebPA - Peer Review of individual students in group projects seminar- part of the the Evidence Based Practice Seminar Series 2010: Assessment and Feedback.  The seminar will take plce pn Wed 9th June 2010 at  Loughborough University: details at . There is no charge for this event; however it is necessary to book (as places are limited).

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2010 ALT Learning Technologist of the Year Award - Open for Entries

Tue 18th May, 2010 has links to the rubric and entry form for the 2010 ALT Learning Technologist of the Year Award, which is now open for entries.

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Jorum Learning and Teaching Competition

Mon 17th May, 2010

Following on from last year's successful competition, which resulted in six highly creative and valuable resources winning places, we are pleased to announce that the 2010 competition is now open and accepting entries.

The competition runs again in conjunction with the ALT-C conference in Nottingham, 7-9 September, and the six winning entrants will have the opportunity to present and showcase their resources at the conference.

The panel of judges will be looking for exciting and innovative resources created under a creative commons licence, and entries will be judged against a set of criteria - appropriateness, engagement, effectiveness and reusability.


More info following the link below:

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Green ICT Projects showcased

Fri 14th May, 2010

Sustainable ICT projects in six universities and colleges have been shortlisted as part of the final stage of the annual Green Gown Awards. 6 universities and colleges have been shortlisted as part of the final stage of the annual Green Gown Awards

The Green ICT category showcases initiatives with potential to cut energy consumption, carbon emissions, waste and other environmental impacts associated with ICT use, or are developing hardware and/or software with environmental benefits.

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Call for Nominations: UKeiG Tony Kent Strix Award

Fri 14th May, 2010

UKeiG is now seeking nominations for 2010 for this prestigious award.


The UKeiG Tony Kent Strix Award is given in recognition of an outstanding practical innovation or achievement in the field of information retrieval. This could take the form of an application or service, or an overall appreciation of past achievements from which significant advances have emanated. The Award is open to individuals or groups from anywhere in the world. The deadline for nominations is Friday 24th September 2010. Further details of the award together with the address to which nominations should be sent are given below and at

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Workshop - Enhancing employability: Case studies of theory and practice

Wed 12th May, 2010

The Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) presents:


Workshop - Enhancing employability: Case studies of theory and practice



Wednesday 19th May, 1.30 - 4.30 pm in Edward Anwyl Building B10, Caerleon Campus, University of Wales, Newport




Presenter:  Jo Smedley is the Associate Dean for Learning & Teaching in Newport Business School. With an academic background in quantitative analysis and business information technology, she has led and worked on action research developments in the UK and Europe for over 25 years. Focusing on improving efficiency and effectiveness of practice in various academic and vocational scenarios, these initiatives have used appropriate blends of modern technologies to enhance the student learning experience and strengthen employability skills. Based on outcomes from these developments, Jo has published in the areas of knowledge management, business information technology and learning and teaching..  Her current interests focus on increasing the impact of applying technologies to training and development in professional practice.


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Free passes for TransferSummit/UK

Thu 6th May, 2010

I'd like to invite you to an important event covering the topic of open innovation and commercial/academic partnerships. TransferSummit/UK will be held in Oxford in June. Details of the event can be seen below. We've got a limited number of free passes for those working on academic projects, just enter "Academic_Invite_10" into the booking form to receive your 100% discount.

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Brave New Worlds - the Ethics of Education in Popular Digital Technologies

Thu 6th May, 2010

The Higher Education Academy has funded the Learning Lab to support a Special Interest Group (SIG) that explores the ‘informal’ ethics of educational interventions in popular digital technologies and as part of its activity, two one-day events have been planned to discuss and explore this area.


Follow the pre-event discussions online at #heethicsweb2.0conf on Twitter! 

For more information, please feel free to contact Abi Redmond at the Learning Lab on 01902 322362 or at    

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Using lis-e-resources to keep up-to-date with the literature

Sat 1st May, 2010

Lizz Jennings, Information Librarian (E-Resources) at the University of Bath, has made a bibliography about managing electronic resources available via the UKSG's lis-e-resources.


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Writing Retreat 2010

Fri 23rd Apr, 2010

Writing Retreat 2010

30th June - 2nd July 2010

Gregynog Hall in the quiet village of Tregynon, Powys

Facilitated by Professor Simon Haslett (CELT Director)

Apply by the deadline of 10th May 2010 via email to

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HEA/JISC funding for OER projects

Thu 22nd Apr, 2010

The Higher Education Academy and JISC invites the submission of funding proposals for projects linked to Open Educational Resources.

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Call for chapters: 3D Virtual World Learning Handbook

Thu 22nd Apr, 2010

A call for chapters: has been issued for the 3D Virtual World Learning Handbook, edited by Charles Wankel, St. John's University, New York, and Randy Hinrichs, 2b3d, Seattle.  This book will include chapters on practical, user-centered, effective teaching and learning applications designed in 3D, using 3D learning theory, process and activities. We welcome chapter proposals on exemplars from business, higher education and non-profit. The emphasis is on showing what works using state-of-the art instructional design in virtual worlds, fostering critical thinking skills and learning communities that persist over time.

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Online resource gives freshers real picture of university life

Thu 22nd Apr, 2010

A dynamic JISC-funded website is providing current students with a platform to interact with potential students to give them an accurate and honest forecast of life at university.


The Alternative Guide (TAG) to the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) ensures students starting university for the first time develop realistic expectations of higher education as well as making sure they understand what the institution will expect from them.


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CfP: Social Linking and Hypermedia

Tue 13th Apr, 2010

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the New Review of Hypermedia and Multimedia on "Social Linking and Hypermedia":   The submission deadline is 11 June 2010.

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Creative Commons launches landing page for open educational resources

Thu 8th Apr, 2010

For those of you interested in sharing your IL learning material, Creative Commons (CC) has launched a new web page aimed at those wanting to share their educational resources:  There is also an informative page about using CC to help with your open educational resources (OER):

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CfP: 3rd International Conference on Interactive Digital Storytelling

Thu 8th Apr, 2010

The 3rd International Conference on Interactive Digital Storytelling will take place from 1-3 November 2010 in Edinburgh: We welcome research papers, case studies and demonstrations – including interactive narrative art - presenting new scientific results, innovative technologies, creative insights, best practice showcases, or improvements to existing techniques and approaches in the multidisciplinary research field of interactive digital storytelling and its related application areas, e.g. games, virtual/online worlds, e-learning, edutainment, and entertainment.  Submission Deadline: June 14, 2010 - details at

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Report from the LILAC (UK Information Literacy) conference

Wed 7th Apr, 2010



hen: Thursday 8 April 2010,  8pm UK time, noon-1pm SL time (see in other parts of the world)



Where: Infolit iSchool, in the virtual world, Second Life (you will need a Second Life avatar and the SL browser installed on your computer, to participate). The location is

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CfP: Digital Library and Digital Curation Curricula

Tue 9th Mar, 2010


Call For Papers: Journal Of Education For Library And Information Science Special Section: Digital Library And Digital Curation Curricula (Winter 2011). Abstract Submission Deadline: April 30, 2010.


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CfP: Open source software in libraries

Mon 8th Mar, 2010

An upcoming issue of Library Review will feature papers from a conference held last year in London, Breaking the Barriers 2009 ( We are interested in getting other perspectives on the applications of open source software in libraries: case studies, new applications, cost-benefit studies etc. 

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Reviewing Opportunities for ILS staff

Fri 5th Mar, 2010

Reference Reviews, a journal reviewing new print and electronic reference materials published in print and online by Emerald, is looking for information professionals to join its international pool of occasional reviewers.

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Survey - storing information in the cloud

Thu 4th Mar, 2010

The Department of Information Studies (DIS) at Aberystwyth University is currently running a research project looking into cloud storage requirements for information professionals. The project is funded by the Society of Archivists and the final report will be presented at their annual conference in September 2010.

Please help with a SoA funded research project on storing information in the cloud by completing their survey:

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Cloud Computing with Windows Azure - 1 Day Workshop

Thu 4th Mar, 2010

This intensive one-day instructor-led workshop is aimed at academics with an interest in cloud computing teaching and research, and who want to gain a general overview of Microsoft's recently announced Azure platform. Delivered through seminar style presentations and demonstrations the workshop will focus on three key services - Windows Azure, SQL Azure and .NET Services.

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SSP Travel Grant Program for students of publishing and information science

Wed 3rd Mar, 2010

The Board of Directors of the Society for Scholarly Publishing is very pleased to announce its 2010 travel grant program. Students of publishing and information science, together with early career professionals in the first three years of employment in the publishing and information industry, are invited to apply for one of 10 awards that SSP will make in 2010.

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2010 Google EMEA Travel and Conference Grants for female computer scientists

Wed 3rd Mar, 2010

2010 Google EMEA Travel and Conference Grants for female computer scientists
As part of Google's ongoing commitment to encouraging women to excel in computing and technology, we are pleased to offer Google EMEA Travel and Conference Grants to encourage more female computer scientists to attend and participate in research conferences.

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Microsoft Silverlight for Academics

Mon 22nd Feb, 2010

With the release of version 3, Silverlight has hit the maturity sweet spot with more clients realising the benefits of a runtime specifically designed for RIA and media based application.


To help Universities, Media Academies and Colleges understanding the technology and teaching it to their students, and in collaboration with Skillset and the Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication, Microsoft developed a ready to teach module that covers all the main aspects of the technology and the associated tools.


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UKeiG Student Conference Award

Fri 19th Feb, 2010

UKeiG – the Special Interest Group for eInformation of CILIP: the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals – would like to remind students that it offers awards to UK undergraduate and postgraduate students in UK schools or departments of librarianship, information studies, information science, knowledge management or information management running courses accredited by CILIP.

The Student Conference Award is offered to enable a student to attend a UK-based conference relevant to their professional studies (e.g. LILAC, The CILIP Umbrella Conference, the Online Information Meeting).

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Inclusive Curriculum Design: an opportunity to share your good practice

Wed 17th Feb, 2010

The DiCHE project is funded by the Higher Education Academy and is being undertaken by colleagues from Lancaster University's Departments of Applied Social Science and Educational Research.

The DiCHE project aims to gather from the sector and disseminate information about, and provide examples of good practice of inclusive curriculum design.  There will be a dedicated section of the final report for each subject centre.


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Masters courses in ILS publicised

Tue 16th Feb, 2010

Update is the members' magazine for CILIP (the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals).  The January / February 2010 issue includes a supplement featuring Master courses in Information and Library Sciences.  This is available as open access content - Read Update's special 16-page MASTERS COURSES SUPPLEMENT .

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Library and information research resources

Tue 9th Feb, 2010

The links section of the Library and Information Research Group website has been updated with resources to assist with research, CPD and current awareness. 

See the LIRG website links at and the latest issue of the journal at groups/research/links/pages/links.aspx

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A vision for the academic library and information services of the future

Thu 4th Feb, 2010

A visionary project is being funded as part of a joint initiative to explore future scenarios for academic libraries and information services, particularly in the context of a rapidly-changing environment. It will help higher education institutions and organisations look at the challenges faced from a fresh focus and formulate strategies to ensure the sector continues to be a leading global force.

Read more via [JISC]

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Teaching Quality Information

Thu 4th Feb, 2010

The publication of Teaching Quality Information (TQI) forms part of our quality assurance framework and incorporates the National Student Survey (NSS), the Destination of Leavers of Higher Education (DLHE) and statistics derived from data collected through the Higher Education Statistics Agency and Independent Learner Record.


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External Examiners workshop

Thu 4th Feb, 2010

This one-day workshop  (18th March 2010) is offered by the STEM Group of Subject Centres and is aimed at academic staff who have either recently been appointed, or who aspire to become appointed, as external examiners.

The event is offered as a practical, activity-based workshop where delegates will have the opportunity to experience several external examining scenarios, to learn from the practices of experienced examiners in their discipline in addressing those scenarios, and to learn about various routes to becoming appointed as an external examiner.

Delegates will each receive a copy of the Engineering Subject Centre's Teaching Guide on External Examining, which was written by Prof. John Cowan (formerly of Heriot-Watt University) and who will be leading the day's programme. He will be supported by established examiners from across the STEM disciplines, who will share their experiences of, and
accumulated expertise in, external examining.

Book online today at:

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Turning up the HEAT in Wales

Thu 4th Feb, 2010

JISC TechDis is once again inviting bids for HEAT scheme funding from higher education institutions to boost inclusive practice.

As the UK's leading advisory service on inclusion and accessibility, JISC TechDis is keen to encourage universities and colleges to develop and promote good inclusive practice in teaching and learning. Round 4 of the Heat scheme (HEAT4Wales) is open to staff working in HE or FE institutions in receipt of HEFCW[1] funding. Projects can be specific to the teaching of a particular discipline, support a specific role or have a more generic applicability right across the sector.


The HEAT scheme will provide staff working in higher education in Wales (teaching staff, library staff, careers officers, staff developers, IT specialists and accessibility or support specialists) with technology with which to develop or uncover an aspect of good inclusive practice. Previous rounds have led to a number of successful projects that have impacted on accessibility practice in UK institutions and some have gone on to be nominated for awards.

A key focus of HEAT4Wales will be the JISC priority areas; Lifelong Learning, Work-Related Learning, Employer Engagement and Business & Community Engagement. Project Bids, up to a maximum of £1200, will be evaluated by a panel consisting of JISC TechDis and volunteers from the Higher Education Academy and JISC RSC Wales and must be submitted by 22nd February 2010. For more details, and to download a bid form, please see


[1] Higher Education Funding Council for Wales


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Information Literacy Practitioner of the Year 2010 - Award Reminder

Tue 12th Jan, 2010

LILAC 2010 would like to remind all interested that the closing date for nominations for the Information Literacy Practitioner of the Year 2010 (A Joint CSG IL, CONUL and LAI Award)  is fast approaching (31st January 2010)!


We welcome nominations from all sectors. Individuals or groups may self nominate or may be nominated by a colleague. The award is open to all working within the UK or Ireland.


The closing date for nominations is the 31st January 2010.


LILAC 2010 is taking place in Limerick from the 29th - 31st March.


Further information can be found at:


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JISC - Funding postponement

Mon 11th Jan, 2010

The recent grant letter from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) to HEFCE means that HEFCE has to give careful consideration as to how funding reductions arising from the grant letter will be passed on to the organisations they fund.
In the light of the grant letter, HEFCE has asked that JISC make no further commitments of capital funds ahead of the HEFCE board meeting on 28 January 2010 at which decisions on funding allocations will be made. 

The full story can be found following this link:

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National Teaching Awards for Scotland and Wales - Extended Deadline

Fri 8th Jan, 2010

Due to the harsh weather conditions, we have been asked and have agreed to extend the deadline to the NTAs for both Scotland and Wales  until Friday the 23rd of January.

You can find all the relevant information, including submission forms by visiting these links:

NTA Sotland

NTA Wales

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CfP: Research Informed Teaching Conference

Mon 4th Jan, 2010

Call for Papers & Posters for a one-day conference on Research informed Teaching:

Delivering participation, engagement and enquiry. To be held at Staffordshire University on Wednesday July 14 2010. Keynote Speakers are Prof. Alan Jenkins, Oxford Brookes University and Prof. Stuart Hampton-Reeves, University of Central Lancashire.

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PhD studentship available (Centre for Social Informatics, Napier University)

Wed 23rd Dec, 2009

Applications are invited for a funded three-year PhD studentship within the Centre for Social Informatics at Edinburgh Napier University. The studentship will cover tuition fees to home/EU level, with the possibility of a standard living allowance (stipend) - currently £13,290 per annum for 2009/10 - becoming available. Overseas students are eligible to apply, but will be liable to pay the difference between home/EU and overseas fees. Note that fees are subject to change annually throughout the programme of study. Studentships are expected to start on 1st March 2010.

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JISC announces Intute funding cut

Tue 22nd Dec, 2009

JISC has announced that its funding for the Intute service will be cut with effect from August 2010.  It is JISC policy that, wherever possible, services move from being fully funded by JISC to being sustainable by other means.  Unfortunately in the current economic climate no realistic alternative funding model for Intute as it currently stands has been identified.  Despite this JISC has acknowledged the pioneering work of Intute, its value to the community, and the insights it has given into the use of the Internet in education.

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Impact: Journal of Applied Research in Workplace E-learning - Inaugural issue published

Tue 22nd Dec, 2009

The inaugural issue of Impact: Journal of Applied Research in Workplace E-learning has now been published at

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JISC's annual review 2008/2009 published

Tue 22nd Dec, 2009

JISC's annual review is published online today and shows 12 months of achievement across innovation, education and research.

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ECDL 2010 - Call for Contributions

Fri 18th Dec, 2009

Call for Contributions for the 14th European Conference on Digital Libraries to be held from



September 6-10, 2010 in Glasgow, UK.



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National Teaching Awards for Scotland and Wales

Wed 16th Dec, 2009

The ICS Subject Centre welcomes applications for the annual National Awards Scheme for the Teaching of ICS in Higher Education in Scotland and Wales. One award of £5,000 is available in the academic year 2009-10 for Scotland and one award of £5,000 is available in the academic year 2009-10 for Wales.

Closing date for applications: Friday 9 January 2010.

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LILAC Information literacy practitioner of the year award - call for nominations

Tue 15th Dec, 2009

LILAC 2010 are pleased to announce that the call for nominations for the Information Literacy Practitioner of the Year 2010 (A Joint CSG IL, CONUL and LAI Award) is now open.

We welcome nominations from all sectors. Individuals or groups may self nominate or may be nominated by a colleague. The award is open to all working within the UK or Ireland. The closing date for nominations is the 31st January 2010.


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Support Grants for the ILS Community

Fri 11th Dec, 2009

The HE Academy Subject Centre for Information and Computer Sciences is pleased to announce the availability of support grants up to the value of £2500 to the Information and Library Sector (ILS).

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CfP - ALT-C 2010: 'Into something rich and strange' - making sense of the sea-change

Thu 10th Dec, 2009

Learning technology is part of the fabric of formal and informal learning. Meanwhile, a sea-change is taking place. The sea-change involves a structural and pervasive shift in the nature of the Internet. Specifically: we and our learners are always connected; the devices we use are growing in capability and diversity; the information environment and the tools and services that we use to navigate and to interact with it and with each other are in great flux.

The challenge posed for education is great. It is to increase effectiveness, productivity, and quality, whilst institutional and agency budgets are reducing, rather than just to promise improvements. At the same time we need to ensure the spread of innovations that are scalable and of long-term value, both educationally and financially, whilst keeping learners and learning at the heart of our thinking.

The ALT-C 2010 themes will be:

  1. the changing paradigms and structures for learning;
  2. increasing productivity and effectiveness, whilst mitigating risks;
  3. responding to and shaping the organisational landscape;
  4. meeting the changing expectations and needs of learners, employers, and society;
  5. the changing design skills and knowledge needed to support learning and teaching with technology.

Learn more by visiting

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Microsoft Research Software Engineering Innovation Foundation (SEIF) Awards - Request for Proposals

Mon 7th Dec, 2009

Microsoft Research will shortly be accepting proposals for research grants in seminal software engineering areas, innovative software engineering education methods, and improvements in the software-development process. Microsoft Research anticipates making approximately twelve awards of about US$15,000 to US$25,000 each. Awards are made for the purpose of seed-funding larger initiatives, proofs of concept, or demonstrations of feasibility.

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A roadmap for low carbon computing

Thu 26th Nov, 2009

Climate change minister Ed Miliband likens the challenge facing us over climate change to the Apollo mission which landed a man on the moon. And it’s not just the technology that we need to get right – a huge collective, society-wide endeavour is required. We are, as they say, all in this together, so what role will education have to play? A new report from JISC TechWatch, Low carbon computing: a view to 2050 and beyond, attempts to answer that question, outlining a technology roadmap for moving to a more energy efficient information systems infrastructure.

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SPARC Resources for Students

Tue 17th Nov, 2009

The student-led Right to Research Coalition has welcomed four new members over the past month.  The new additions include the Library and Information Science Student Association of Simmons College, the University of Tennessee-Knoxville Student Government Association, the Dartmouth College Graduate Student Council, and the Oberlin College Student Senate.

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CfP: special issue of Library Trends on Information Literacy

Mon 9th Nov, 2009

CALL FOR PAPERS  - LIBRARY TRENDS:  International Journal of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Special Issue: Information literacy beyond the academy: towards policy formulation

 Edited by Dr. John Crawford, Glasgow Caledonian University

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Google Research Awards - Organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful.

Fri 6th Nov, 2009

The purpose of this program is to facilitate more interaction between Google and academia and also nurture stronger relations and partnerships with universities. The intent of the awards is to support academic research aimed at improving information access (defined broadly). Awards through this program are typically for one year in the range from $10K-$150K. Areas that are of particular interest include (but are not limited to):

  • Economics and market algorithms
  • Education innovation
  • Geo/maps
  • Health
  • Information retrieval, extraction, and organization
  • Machine learning and data mining
  • Machine translation
  • Mobile
  • Multi-media search and audio/video processing
  • Natural language processing
  • Policy and standards
  • Security and privacy
  • Social systems
  • Speech
  • Structured data and database management
  • Software and hardware systems infrastructure
  • Human-computer interaction
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Second Life orientation (Thurs 12th Nov)

Fri 6th Nov, 2009

New to Second Life (SL)? Learn some SL basics in this virtual workshop, led by Sheila Webber and Keri Gray.  There will also be a tour of information-literacy exhibits etc. on Infolit iSchool. This event is part of Information Literacy Week in Second Life 9-15th November (

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JISC ITT: Synthesis on Outcomes from and Benefits of Digitised Resources

Thu 5th Nov, 2009

The JISC invites tenders to undertake a synthesis study to collate evidence relating to the development and use of digitised resources, articulating both the benefits of such resources and the broader outcomes arising from their creation.  The study should be primarily considered in the context of the impact on Higher and Further Education, although their influence on other stakeholders should also be taken into account.

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Call for papers - Real Challenges in a Virtual World

Wed 4th Nov, 2009

Please circulate to those currently currently enrolled as undergraduate, postgraduate or research students on UK or Irish Library and Information Studies and/or Publishing courses.


Real Challenges in a Virtual World: a Call for papers to present a Breakout Session at the 2010 UKSG Conference and Exhibition.



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CFP: Georgia Conference on Information Literacy

Wed 4th Nov, 2009

The Georgia Conference on Information Literacy invites proposals across disciplines for workshops and presentations that will consider, extend, or otherwise address information literacy in K-12 and postsecondary settings:

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John Campbell Trust awards 2010 call announced

Tue 3rd Nov, 2009

The John Campbell Trust has just announced a call for:

  • student scholarships for self-funding taught postgraduate students or research students
  • dissertation bursaries for taught undergraduate or postgraduate students
  • conference/travel bursaries for professional colleagues wishing to give papers at conferences or undertake study trips


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Minister David Lammy speaks to JISC about the new HE Framework - Higher Ambitions

Tue 3rd Nov, 2009

In 2008 John Denham, Secretary of State for the Department of Innovation, Universities and Skills launched a consultation called the Higher Education Debate, to seek expert thinking, fresh ideas and comments on the future of higher education for the next ten to fifteen years.

Today, the new HE Framework - Higher Ambitions - was launched by David Lammy Minister of State for Higher Education. In this podcast interview with JISC’s Rebecca O’Brien, he explains the Government’s vision of the future for UK higher education and shares his thoughts on the future of learning, teaching and research.

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The Google Europe Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship 2010

Tue 3rd Nov, 2009

Google has announced the Google Europe Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship 2010, which aims to encourage women to excel in computing and technology, and become active role models and leaders. Multiple scholarships will be awarded based on the strength of candidates’ academic background and demonstrated leadership. A group of female bachelors, masters, and PhD student finalists will be chosen from the applicant pool. The scholarship recipients, selected from the finalists, will each receive a €7,000 (or equivalent) scholarship for the 2010/11 academic year.


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NTFS Individual Awards 2010

Mon 2nd Nov, 2009

The NTFS Individual Awards 2010 Call for Nominations is now open. The deadline for receipt of electronic nominations is Wednesday 3 February 2010 (12:00 noon).

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Research Studentships at City University

Fri 30th Oct, 2009

The Department of Information Science at City University welcomes applications for City University Research Studentships in the following areas:

* Library and Information Science

* Information Retrieval and Digitial Libraries

* Geographical Information Science

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JISC competition helps find stars in library user data

Thu 29th Oct, 2009

Figures showing everyday use of a university library are the unlikely stars
of a JISC-funded competition showcasing innovative approaches to presenting
library data.

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Music librarianship prize for ILS students

Wed 28th Oct, 2009

A £200 prize is on offer for a “significant contribution to the literature of music librarianship” from LIS students or those new to music librarianship.

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ERCIM NEWS Special Theme: "Towards Green ICT"

Mon 26th Oct, 2009

ERCIM News is the magazine of ERCIM. It reports on joint actions of the ERCIM partners, and aims to reflect the contribution made by ERCIM to the European Community in Information Technology. Through short articles and news items, it provides a forum for the exchange of information between the institutes and also with the wider scientific community. ERCIM News is published quarterly. The printed edition of the current number has a circulation of 11,000 copies.

The Current Issue focuses on the topic of Green ICT.  You can find it online at

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Student work placements evaluation

Mon 26th Oct, 2009

Universities UK are asking for help in finding out whether the provision of work placements for students as part of their courses has changed as a result of changes in the economy or initiatives aimed to support graduates at risk of unemployment (eg the Graduate Talent Pool).  Work placement is defined as paid or unpaid periods of attachment to employing organisations which are an integral part of the course of study and thus comprise a course requirement.

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Talk on Info literacy of faculty in Canada (Shefield)

Thu 22nd Oct, 2009

If you live/work near Sheffield you may like to attend the following presentation at 3pm-4pm on Tuesday 27th October 2009. It will be in Room 204, 2nd Floor, Department of Information Studies, Sheffield University, Regent Court Building, 211 Portobello Street, Sheffield S1, UK.

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CFP Teaching Information Literacy Online

Wed 21st Oct, 2009

Thomas P. Mackey, Associate Dean at the Center for Distance Learning at SUNY Empire State College and Trudi E. Jacobson,Head of User Education Programs, University Libraries at the University at Albany, SUNY (USA) are soliciting chapter proposals for a book entitled Teaching Information Literacy Online, to be published in 2010 by Neal-Schuman Publishers.
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International Open Access Week (October 19 – 23, 2009)

Tue 20th Oct, 2009

As part of International Open Access Week (October 19 – 23, 2009) JISC is launching a definitive guide to its 15 years of work in Open Access, tracking the changes in UK policy, opinions and what the future will look like.


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Call for papers 5th CoFHE/UC&R Study Conference

Tue 20th Oct, 2009

The biennial CILIP CoFHE and UC&R Conference offers academic library professionals the opportunity to share expertise, experience and knowledge in one of the most challenging and rapidly changing sectors of the profession.


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UK Microsoft Imagine Cup - Calling All Problem Solvers!

Thu 15th Oct, 2009

The imagine cup is the world's premier technology competition for students.  In 2009, more than 300,000 students from 142 countries entered the competition making it a truly global event.  Check the full story for more information.


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Green ICT crucial to the future of UK education and research

Wed 7th Oct, 2009

JISC is launching a 3-year programme of activity to support colleges and universities with their decision-making process in green and environmental technology.

The programme kicked off this month with invitations to universities and colleges to bid for funding for projects1 to investigate Green ICT and to run exemplar projects in energy use reduction and integration of estates and IT.

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LILAC 2010 Call for Papers

Thu 10th Sep, 2009

LILAC is the Librarians' Information Literacy Annual Conference and has quickly become firm favourite in the conference calendar of information professionals. The conference is brimming with new ideas, innovative teaching techniques, inspiring speakers and exciting social events.

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Swapshop 2010: Enhancing Learning and Teaching Through Assessment and Feedback

Mon 7th Sep, 2009

While integral elements of the student experience in Higher Education, assessment and feedback are consistently highlighted as areas of improvement in the National Student Satisfaction Survey. The aim of this ‘swapshop' is to showcase examples of current practice in assessment and feedback to enhance learning and teaching from across a wide range of subject disciplines.

Submissions are welcome on a range of topics including - innovation in assessment, using technology to enhance assessment and feedback, verbal feedback, non-written forms of assessment, formative and summative assessmenet, peer assessment, negotiated assessment, and involving employers in assessment.

Call for Session Proposals and Conference information


Conference Website


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Carbon footprint tool from JISC

Mon 10th Aug, 2009

How green is IT? A new tool from JISC is helping universities and colleges calculate just how eco-friendly they are, by estimating the carbon footprint left by their computers.

Institutions can work out their carbon emissions by inputting information about the numbers of computing devices into the SUSTE-IT footprinting tool

The tool then estimates the overall amount of electricity used, and the related carbon emissions, to help the institutions target areas for energy saving.

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2009 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards - open for submissions

Fri 7th Aug, 2009

Emerald and the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) would like to make you aware of the 2009 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards.

These Awards reward the best doctoral research projects in 12 different categories, each sponsored by an Emerald journal. Of particular interest to you might be the Information science category, sponsored by Journal of Documentation.

The Awards are open to those who have completed and satisfied examination requirements for a Doctoral award, or will do so, between 1 October 2006 and 1 October 2009, and have not applied previously for one of these Awards. The closing date for receipt of applications is 1 October 2009.

Award-winning entries will receive a cash prize of €1,500 (or currency equivalent), a certificate, a winners' logo to attach to correspondence and the prospect of an offer of publication in the sponsoring journal - either as a full paper or an executive summary - at the discretion of the Editor(s). In addition, a number of Highly Commended Awards will be bestowed.

For a list of all categories and details of how to apply please visit the webpage below:

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Strix Award for Information Retrieval 2009 - Nominations invited

Fri 7th Aug, 2009

Nominations are now invited for the 2009 Strix Award. The Strix Award is presented in memory of Dr Tony Kent, a past Fellow of the Institute of Information Scientists, who died in 1997. The Award is given in recognition of an outstanding contribution to the field of information retrieval that meets one of the following criteria:

  • development of, or significant improvement in, mechanisms for the retrieval of information
  • development of, or significant improvement in, accessibility to an information service
  • a sustained contribution over a period of years to the field of information retrieval
  • a major and/or sustained contribution to the theoretical or experimental understanding of the information retrieval process
  • a major contribution to fostering the education, training and/or general awareness of the importance and the technicalities of information retrieval.


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Libraries of the Future documentary released

Fri 7th Aug, 2009

 JISC's 'Libraries of the Future' debate has gone digital, with a specially-commissioned documentary. Over 200 people have already viewed the ten minute video, which marks the culmination of a year long campaign.

Find the full article here:

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JISC Second Life guide helps lecturers teach in the virtual world

Wed 5th Aug, 2009

JISC's new guide to Second Life is written by lecturers for lecturers, to help others  to use virtual worlds for teaching.

‘Getting Started in Second Life' answers some common questions like how to set up in Second Life, what the rules of the world are, how to plan lessons and how best to help students use it effectively for learning.

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Registrations now open for JISC online e-learning conference

Wed 5th Aug, 2009

Researchers, practitioners and managers with an interest in technology for learning are being encouraged to sign up now for the fourth online conference ‘Innovating E-Learning' on 24 - 27 November 2009.

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18th Bobcatsss symposium

Mon 20th Jul, 2009

Bobcatsss is an annual conference organized by and for students in librarianship and information science coming from Europe and countries all over the world: This year the organizers are the universities of Parma and Manchester, in collaboration with those of Milan and Liverpool. The topic is "Bridging the digital divide: libraries providing access for all?"

Until the 15th of September 2009 it is possible to send contributions in the form of workshops, paper or poster. The target audience is students, but everyone is welcome. The received abstracts will be evaluated and participants will be contacted by the end of October.

More information about the meeting, registration, contributions and so on, is available via the e-mail, or on the website



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2nd International Symposium on Information Management in a Changing World - first call for papers

Mon 20th Jul, 2009

2nd International Symposium on Information Management in a Changing World,
September 22-24, 2010, Ankara, Turkey

The Impact of Technological Convergence and Social Networks on Information Management
(First Call for Papers)


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10th Annual Conference - Early Bird Deadline

Fri 10th Jul, 2009

The deadline to qualify for an Early Bird discount for our 10th Annual Conference is approaching quickly.  Make sure you have registered before the 27th of July to avoid extra charges in these difficult times.

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JISC launches a new guide Effective Practice in a Digital Age

Thu 2nd Jul, 2009

Not sure about the difference between a website and a wiki, a podcast and a sound recording, or how to best use them for teaching and learning?


The Effective Practice in a Digital Age: A guide to technology-enhanced learning and teaching launches today, at the Higher Education Academy's annual conference and helps to answer some of these questions.


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Latest ICS Newsletter available

Wed 1st Jul, 2009

The latest issue of the HEA-ICS Newsletter is now available online: issue 15 - June 2009.

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Developing STEM education research practices - Places still available

Wed 1st Jul, 2009

This workshop aims to provide delegates with the opportunity to explore what is meant by pedagogic research and how this relates to your own practice.

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Why universities need a digital content strategy - JDCC 2009

Tue 30th Jun, 2009

A major conference to discuss the future of online content will be taking place this week (June 30 - July 1) to examine why UK universities need a sustainable, digital content strategy to successfully deliver accessible learning and research materials for the future.

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Fri 26th Jun, 2009

Two million online digitised pages of 19th century newspaper, take researchers back to the future


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International Conference on Computational Intelligence and Software Engineering (CiSE 2009) CALL FOR PAPERS

Tue 23rd Jun, 2009

This conference is sponsored by IEEE, James Madison University and Wuhan University. All papers accepted will be included in IEEE Xplore, both indexed by Ei and ISTP.

Call for Papers:

Wuhan, China December 11-13, 2009

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Roger K Summit Scholarship

Mon 22nd Jun, 2009

Dialog is seeking international applicants for its 2009 Roger K Summit Scholarship. The € 5,000 award is one of two scholarships given annually to promising graduate students in library and information sciences.

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Advanced Course in Artificial Intelligence 2009

Tue 2nd Jun, 2009

This prestigious Summer School to be held at the University of Ulster,  will focus on methods and tools available for the development of Intelligent Decision Support Systems. The School is targetted to an audience at PhD level interested in the area.

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HE in FE directory launched

Thu 28th May, 2009

A new, updated version of the Academy’s HE in FE directory is now available. For the first time, the directory is an online resource. This means that information can be updated regularly, making it both comprehensive and accurate.

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RSS News Feeds from the Subject Centre

Wed 27th May, 2009

The HEA-ICS Subject Centre provides four News Feeds from its website for news, forthcoming events, and the book review section.

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Call for Papers: Virtual Worlds in learning and teaching

Tue 26th May, 2009

A reminder that the November 2009 issue of the HEA-ICS e-journal, ITALICS, will be a special issue on Second Life and other Virtual Worlds in use in higher education.  The deadline for submission of papers is Friday 26th June 2009.

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Latest ICS Newsletter available

Fri 22nd May, 2009

The latest issue of the HEA-ICS Newsletter is now available online: Issue 14 - May 2009.

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Reports from e-assessment projects

Fri 22nd May, 2009

JISC has recently published three reports from projects dealing with different aspects of e-assessment.

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Funding for innovative projects in e-learning

Fri 22nd May, 2009

JISC invites institutions to submit funding proposals for projects to undertake work under the third round of its Learning and Teaching Innovation Grants Programme, for innovative projects in the e-learning domain.

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Box of Broadcasts - iPlayer for education

Tue 19th May, 2009

Television and radio broadcast content is now available as an online streaming service to thousands of students and researchers for the first time following the launch of Box of Broadcasts (BoB National) by the JISC part-funded British Universities Film and Video Council (BUFVC).

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Higher Education in a Web 2.0 World

Tue 12th May, 2009

The Higher Education Academy and JISC welcome today’s publication of the HE in a Web 2.0 World report, which looks at the projected future trends in the use of technology in higher education.

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$2,000 award for outstanding contribution to undergraduate teaching

Mon 11th May, 2009
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Ethical Dilemmas in Information Technology

Fri 8th May, 2009

You are invited to make use of and contribute to:

Ethical Dilemmas in Information Technology (EDIT):
A Scenario Collection

EDIT is a collaborative contribution, reusable learning object in professional ethics for computing and information technology. Each chapter describes a scenario that evokes an ethical issue, choice, or dilemma that results from the use of computer technology - or that might otherwise confront an IT professional in the course of his professional life.

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Student Competition Winner!

Fri 8th May, 2009

We are pleased to announce that Mayuran Anantharajan has been selected as the winner of our Apple iPod Touch competition.  The winning entry was an essay where Mayuran adressed the title of the competition "Who or what was the inspiration for choosing your current course of study?" in a methodical but engaging approach.  Mayuran is a final year Software Engineering Student, from the University of Southampton.

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HEPI report on the academic experience of students

Thu 7th May, 2009

The Academic Experience of Students in English Universities (2009 report), published today by the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI) indicates no significant increase in the amount of formal contact time between students and academic staff.

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The e-Learning Show – Lifelong Learning (21 May)

Thu 7th May, 2009

Thursday, 21 May sees the pilot programme of a new JISC live internet radio programme, the e-Learning Show.  The programme will be broadcast from 1800 - 1855 UK summer time and is based on issues raised at the recent JISC Lifelong Learning Symposium.  A report on the symposium and details will be available from the e-learning blog page on the day.

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Google Scholarship for Grace Hopper Conference

Tue 5th May, 2009

As part of their ongoing commitment to encouraging women to excel in computing and technology, Google have announced the 2009 Google Global Community Scholarship to help students attend the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Conference in Tucson, Arizona on September 30 - October 3, 2009.

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Early results from study on use of e-books

Tue 28th Apr, 2009

Early results from JISC Collections' recently concluded e-books observatory project are now available. During this two-year project, JISC provided UK university students with free access to 36 core e-textbooks in science, technology and medicine to all UK university students, to monitor their usage patterns.

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Lunchtime webinar on Serious Games

Tue 28th Apr, 2009

A free 90 minute lunchtime webinar on Serious Games will take place on 16 June with Professor Sara De Freitas of the Serious Games Institute, at Coventry University and Christopher Brannigan from Caspian Learning - the booking deadline is 9 June 2009.

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HEFCE study shows diversity of student experience

Mon 27th Apr, 2009

International differences in the student experience, with a focus on the amount of time devoted to study, show a diversified student landscape, according to a report commissioned by HEFCE.

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OfCom report on Digital Media Literacy

Mon 27th Apr, 2009

OfCom have produced a report, Report of the Digital Britain Media Literacy Working Group, in response to the Department of Culture, Media and Sport's interim report on Digital Britain, which outlined the governments plan to place Britain at the forefront of the digital economy.

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UUK/CBI report on employability

Thu 16th Apr, 2009

The CBI and Universities UK have recently published a joint report, Future Fit: Preparing graduates for the world of work, which illustrates how universities and business can work together to help equip graduates for their future working lives.

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New resources for inclusive teaching

Wed 1st Apr, 2009

A suite of new learning resources is now available online thanks to JISC TechDis, courtesy of the successful JISC/ Higher Education Academy Collaboration initiative. Each module shows how resources and methods can be adapted with technology, to deliver teaching more inclusively to the widest possible audience.

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Workshop on Research - Teaching Nexus

Wed 1st Apr, 2009

Later this month the HEA-ICS and the Maths, Stats & OR Network (MSOR) are running a workshop on the Research - Teaching Nexus.  Places are still available.

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HEFCE launches strategy for technology-enhanced learning

Thu 26th Mar, 2009

HEFCE has today published Enhancing learning and teaching through the use of technology - a revised approach to HEFCE's strategy for e-learning (HEFCE 2009/12). This revised approach follows an independent review of the strategy and is designed to provide further support to higher education institutions as they develop their own e-learning strategies.

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Overview of E-learning Benchmarking and Pathfinder programme

Wed 25th Mar, 2009

A report published this week by the Higher Education Academy highlights the success of the e-Learning Benchmarking and Pathfinder programme, and looks to the future development of the work undertaken by 77 higher education institutions as part of the programme.

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FlyingStart Women in Science Programme

Tue 24th Mar, 2009

The FlyingStart Women in Science Programme will launch with a three day intensive entrepreneurship training course at the University of Surrey from 22nd-24th April.   The application deadline is 5pm on Friday 10th April.

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Webcast : legal issues surrounding Web 2.0 in teaching and learning (22 April)

Tue 24th Mar, 2009

JISC Legal will be holding a webcast exploring the legal issues surrounding the use of Web 2.0 for teaching and learning in UK colleges and universities. This will be taking place at 2pm on Wednesday, 22 April. 

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New resource to help navigate the Bologna process

Mon 23rd Mar, 2009

The Bologna process is an ongoing development that could change the face of HE, not just within the UK but across Europe. A new JISC infoNet infoKit is now available, to help clarify the implications and potential of the process, and how it could affect UK individuals and institutions.

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10th Annual Conference of the ICS HE Academy: Call for Papers - deadline Fri 17 April

Fri 20th Mar, 2009

This years conference will be held in University of Kent at Canterbury. Submissions are being called for papers, panel/discussion sessions, workshops and posters. If possible, session submissions should relate to the conference topics. 

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Web2Access: toolkit to support the use and evaluation of Web2.0 technologies

Wed 18th Mar, 2009

Funded by the JISC Users & Innovation: Personalising Technologies Programme under the 'Next generation technologies and practices' strand, Web2Access was developed as a toolkit designed to support the other projects funded within the JISC Users & Innovation Programme in their engagement with next generation and Web 2.0 technologies and the emerging legal issues surrounding them, such as IPR, copyright and accessibility.

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Bookings open for Higher Education Academy’s annual conference 2009

Wed 18th Mar, 2009

Bookings are now open for the Academy’s fifth annual conference – the future of the student learning experience – which will take place at the University of Manchester from 30 June to 2 July 2009.

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HEA-ICS student competition (closes 28 March)

Mon 16th Mar, 2009

Please publicise to your students.

The 2009 HEA-ICS student competition invites students to express their views on: "Who or what was the inspiration for choosing your current course of study?". To enter the competition students should write a 1,000-word essay or record a five-minute podcast/vidcast on the inspiration for choosing their course.

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JISC guidance on open content licenses

Mon 16th Mar, 2009

JISC have produced a briefing paper which provides content creators and others within HE and FE institutions with information that can be used to make judgements as to when the use of open content licences, particularly CC licences, may be appropriate.

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Annual Special Issue on Selected PhD Literature Reviews in the Practical Aspects of Software Technology

Fri 13th Mar, 2009

Software Practice and Experience will dedicate an issue of the Journal to the publication of papers based on the literature reviews that appeared in recently awarded PhD theses. The successful authors whose papers appear will also be given on-line access to the Journal for 12 months. The deadlinefor submission is 14 May, 2009.
See below for further details.

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Higher Education Academy launches Research Seminar Series

Tue 3rd Mar, 2009

The Higher Education Academy will next week, Monday 9 March, begin its UK-wide 2009 Research Seminar Series entitled Access and Success for All.  This second series, offered by the Academy in association with Action on Access and Equality Challenge Unit, builds on the success of the first seminar series delivered in 2007-8 as part of the work of the Disability Equality Partnership.

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Report on staff perceptions of the reward and recognition of teaching

Mon 23rd Feb, 2009

Major new research published by the Higher Education Academy shows that academic staff feel that teaching in higher education is not properly rewarded.  Over 90% of academic staff surveyed by the Higher Education Academy think that teaching should be important in promotions, but only a minority of staff think that it actually is. 

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Updated snapshot of HE / FE developments in Second Life

Wed 18th Feb, 2009

The Spring 2009 snapshot report of HE / FE developments in Second Life is available online for viewing and download.

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Senior Fellow applications

Thu 12th Feb, 2009

The deadline for the next round of HEA Senior Fellow applications is Monday, 2 March.

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NTFS Individual awards - Deadline 4th March 2009

Thu 12th Feb, 2009

The deadline to submit nominations for the National Teaching Fellowship Scheme Individual Awards is 12 noon, Wednesday 4 March 2009.

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CILASS IBL Grant Scheme 2009 - Closing Date 27th Feb

Mon 9th Feb, 2009

CILASS is offering other Higher Education Institutions (HEI), via the Higher Education Academy Subject Centres, the opportunity to join an Inquiry Based Learning (IBL) Grants Scheme. The new scheme launched in January 2009 offers grants and other support to individuals or groups to enhance or initiate IBL related activity in their teaching in their home institution. For more information check the development funds section of our website.

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Workshop on games and simulations for PDP and employability

Thu 5th Feb, 2009

Later this month the HEA-ICS and and the University of Bedfordshire Bridges CETL are running a co-hosted workshop on games and simulations for PDP and employability.

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Latest ICS Newsletter available

Wed 4th Feb, 2009

The latest issue of the HEA-ICS Newsletter is now available online: Issue 13 - February 2009.

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National Award for the Teaching of ICS in HE

Wed 4th Feb, 2009

THE centre is delighted to announce that Cathie Jackson - Senior Consultant in Information Literacy, Information Services, Cardiff University - is this year’s winner of the centre’s National Award for the Teaching of Information and Computer Sciences in Higher Education in Wales.

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Survey on emergent web technologies

Tue 3rd Feb, 2009

Netskills is writing a series of JISC guides to emergent web technologies for researchers, teachers and administrators.  To help make this guide as relevant to the community as possible, please share your thoughts via this form:

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HEA calls for greater flexibility in work-based learning

Mon 2nd Feb, 2009

The Higher Education Academy has recently published three reports into work-based learning (WBL), reflecting how institutions are already building flexibility into their related course structure to help meet the rising needs of higher education learners already in the workforce. 

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Academy invites proposals for two new Summit Programmes

Tue 27th Jan, 2009

The Higher Education Academy invites UK Higher Education Institutions to participate in two new Summit Programmes which seek to facilitate the development, implementation and evaluation of policies, practices, and interventions to enhance student success.

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Spotlight on ‘Generation Y’ - new study launched

Thu 22nd Jan, 2009

The British Library and JISC have launched a ground-breaking three-year study into the study and research behaviour of ‘Generation Y' scholars, namely those born between 1982 and 1994. The study will analyse the young researchers' activities and habits in online and physical research environments, as well as assessing their usage of library and information resources, both on and offline.

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£1,000 prize for website design

Tue 20th Jan, 2009

Design a new website for the Economics Network website and win £1,000 Deadline: 28 February

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HEFCE/JISC/Higher Education Academy: Open Education Resources Programme

Mon 19th Jan, 2009

The goal of the programme is to make a wide range of learning resources created by academics freely available, easily discovered and routinely re-used by both educators and learners. JISC and the Higher Education Academy are running a pilot programme to support Open Educational Resources.

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Serious Virtual Worlds – new report published

Mon 19th Jan, 2009

The Serious Virtual Worlds (SVW) report explores the ‘serious' - as opposed to the leisure-based - use of virtual worlds for educational purposes.  The report will be of interest to anyone using or considering the introduction of a virtual world element into their teaching, learning or research programme, whether for academic or social purposes.

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9th One-Day Conference on Teaching of Programming: Call for Speakers

Wed 14th Jan, 2009

HEA-ICS are seeking keen and enthusiastic people, that have novel ideas (tried and tested) for teaching introductory programming to first year computing students, to speak at the 9th One-Day Conference on the Teaching of Programming, to be held at the University of Bath on 6th April 2009.

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National Awards for the Teaching of ICS in HE in Scotland & Wales - Closing Date Soon!

Thu 8th Jan, 2009

The closing date is approaching for applications to the ICS Subject Centre's annual National Award for the Teaching of ICS in Higher Education in both Scotland and Wales. Last day for applications is this Friday 9th of January.

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National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (NTFS) Individual Awards 2009

Thu 8th Jan, 2009

One-day Workshop for Eligible FE Colleges - Wednesday, 21 January 2009

The Academy will hold a one-day workshop to engage eligible colleges and the FE sector with the process of nominating National Teaching Fellows. 


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Academy Scotland Travel Fund

Thu 8th Jan, 2009

The Higher Education Academy is piloting an Academy Scotland Travel Fund, which aims to encourage the exchange and dissemination of good practices at the discipline level throughout the UK by enabling academic staff in Scottish HEIs to attend Academy-run events outside Scotland.

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Call for proposals to participate in Change Academy 2009

Wed 7th Jan, 2009

Change Academy is a year-long programme of support for teams from higher education institutions that enables them to develop the knowledge, capacity and enthusiasm for achieving complex institutional change.  The call for proposals to participate in Change Academy 2009 is now open.

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JISC Community Call: Digital Images for Education

Tue 6th Jan, 2009

The Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) and JISC Collections invite proposals from the academic sector and publicly-funded institutions, with a goal of life long learning, to provide still and moving images  to support education across five broad subject areas, including Science, Engineering and Technology.

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Birmingham to host national programme for STEM subjects

Mon 5th Jan, 2009

HEFCE has selected the University of Birmingham to host the national higher education programme for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

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JISC TechDis – free Online Accessibility Self Evaluation service

Mon 5th Jan, 2009

This month JISC TechDis are starting a 6-month programme of online accessibility self-evaluations. These are grouped around six role areas within universities and colleges (HE and FE), and each role will be covered twice between January and June 2009.

... Read more

Latest ICS Newsletter available

Mon 22nd Dec, 2008

The latest issue of the HEA-ICS Newsletter is now available online: Issue 12 - December 2008.

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Open Educational Resources programme is now open

Fri 19th Dec, 2008

In partnership with the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC), the Higher Education Academy will be running a pilot programme to support Open Educational Resources (OER). The goal of the programme, which is funded by HEFCE, is to make a wide range of learning resources created by academics freely available, easily discovered and routinely re-used by both educators and learners.

... Read more

HEA publishes Curriculum Development archive

Thu 18th Dec, 2008

An on-line archive of curriculum development material, produced between 1991 and 1998, has been published on the Higher Education Academy's website this week, ensuring that valuable experience and lessons are not lost to those seeking to achieve innovation in today's HE curriculum.

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Industrial Fellowship Scheme: £12,000 Grant Available

Wed 17th Dec, 2008

FE colleges can apply for a grant of £12,000 towards the secondment of up to three nominated engineering and technology lecturers...

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Entrepreneurship questionnaire

Wed 17th Dec, 2008

The Higher Education Academy Subject Centre for Information and Computer Sciences wishes to undertake a survey on the embedding of entrepreneurship within taught programs of study on computing and related fields both in existing programs and those planned to be introduced over the next 12 to 18 months.

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'Profound transformation' of education by technology: Guardian supplement

Mon 8th Dec, 2008

Last week JISC sponsored a Guardian supplement which examines the way technology has transformed education over the last decade.

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Academy Annual Conference 2009 - call for submissions

Fri 5th Dec, 2008

The call for submissions for the fifth Higher Education Academy Annual Conference is now open. Proposals are being accepted for paper presentations, workshops and poster presentations.  The online submission form can be found via the link at

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Academy announces Senior Fellows

Thu 4th Dec, 2008

The Academy has announced the names of six new Senior Fellows. These academics have been recognised as providing outstanding leadership in teaching and supporting the student learning experience in higher education.

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ITALICS Call for Papers: "Virtual Worlds: play or education?"

Mon 1st Dec, 2008

The third issue of ITALICS for 2009 will be a special issue on Second Life and other Virtual Worlds in use in higher education.  The editors are seeking case studies and research papers discussing integrating virtual worlds with social media, VLEs and traditional teaching methods.

... Read more

National Teaching Fellowship Scheme: Call for nominations

Fri 28th Nov, 2008

The call for nominations for the National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (NTFS) Individual Awards 2009 is now open.

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BCS national event for women students of computing

Thu 27th Nov, 2008

The 2009 BCSWomen Undergraduate Lovelace Colloquium will be in Leeds on 16 April 2009. This is a national one-day event for women students of computing, with speakers from industry and academia, and a poster contest for attending undergraduates.

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Higher Education Academy welcomes NUS Report

Tue 25th Nov, 2008

The Higher Education Academy welcomes the publication of the first major study into student life and learning, a new report from  the NUS.

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Survey reveals most students are satisfied with teaching

Thu 20th Nov, 2008

The vast majority of students are happy with the amount of contact they get with their lecturers, according to a survey for the National Union of Students (NUS).

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Open Educational Content - new book published

Wed 19th Nov, 2008

A new book has just been launched in eBook and hard copy format, entitled The Tower and the Cloud - Higher Education in the age of Cloud Computing. Edited by Richard N Katz, its themes include IT for higher education and the globalization of education, with a chapter on open educational content contributed by JISC Executive Secretary Dr Malcolm Read.

... Read more

Student mentorship programme for Software Entrepreneurs

Tue 18th Nov, 2008

An NCGE Flying Start programme for Software Entrepreneurs will run from 16th - 18th December 2008 at the Microsoft Campus, Reading. Current students or graduates of up to 5 years from any UK university may apply online.

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JISC call for Learning and Teaching Innovation Grants

Fri 14th Nov, 2008

JISC invites institutions to submit funding proposals for projects to undertake work under the second round of its Learning and Teaching Innovation Grants Programme.

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The Debate on the Future of Higher Education

Thu 13th Nov, 2008

John Denham has published nine contributions to the debate on the future of Higher Education, received by DIUS.  The contributions make recommendation to government and to universities on how the UK's Higher Education system should develop over the next 10-15 year to ensure it is world-class.

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Students should have bigger say on quality

Wed 12th Nov, 2008

The Chief Executive of the Higher Education Academy, Professor Paul Ramsden, has called for students to play a more active role in planning and quality assuring higher education courses.

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Serious Virtual Worlds report

Tue 11th Nov, 2008

JISC have published the Serious Virtual Worlds report which focuses on virtual worlds for educational uses, and explores the ‘serious’ – as opposed to leisure-based – uses of virtual worlds.

... Read more

Survey on m-learning

Mon 10th Nov, 2008

An online survey to gather data on current developments in m-learning in UK higher education institutions.

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Universities UK guide to quality and standards

Thu 6th Nov, 2008

Universities UK has today launched a new publication which outlines how quality and standards are assessed and assured within UK universities and colleges. 

... Read more

Updated snapshot of HE / FE developments in Second Life

Podcast on Work Related Learning

Mon 3rd Nov, 2008

The latest JISC podcast focuses on Work-related learning, featuring examples of the types of support being provided by JISC and the Higher Education Academy.

... Read more

Teaching guides from the Engineering Subject Centre

Mon 3rd Nov, 2008

The Engineering Subject Centre has produced a series of printed Teaching guides with companion web versions.

... Read more

Video on Marking Criteria and Assessment Methods

Workforce development through employer-HE partnership

Fri 31st Oct, 2008

The Stepping Higher: Workforce development through employer-higher education partnership report has been produced jointly by the CBI, Universities UK and HEFCE.  It demonstrates the benefits to employers of building strong partnerships with higher education to produce a highly skilled workforce.

... Read more

JISC focus on ‘Libraries of the Future’

Thu 30th Oct, 2008

A JISC-sponsored ‘Libraries of the Future' supplement, in Library and Information Update, discusses the ongoing transformation of FE, HE and research libraries - including ‘moving books out to make more space for people’ – and considers the technical, human and political threats to these institutions.

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Call for Participation: "e" Teaching & Learning Workshop

Wed 29th Oct, 2008

In collaboration with the Higher Education Academy Subject Centre for Computer and Information Sciences (HEA-ICS), a one day workshop for, and by, Educators and Researchers, will take place at the University of Greenwich, London, on Tuesday 2nd June 2009.

... Read more

Collaborative research into curriculum delivery

Tue 21st Oct, 2008

Fifteen higher and further education institutions have successfully won funding from JISC to explore how the technology can transform the way in which curricula are delivered.

... Read more

Secondment Grants Available for FEC Science, Engineering and Technology Lecturers

Tue 21st Oct, 2008

Since September 2007, full-time further education lecturers have been required to undertake at least 30 hours of continuous professional development (CPD). The New Engineering Foundation Industrial Fellowship Scheme, running since 2005, and backed by generous financial support from the Gatsby Charitable Foundation, enables each participating college to apply for a grant of £12,000 towards the secondment of up to 3 of their nominated science, engineering, construction and technology lecturers to take secondments with local businesses or technical/scientific research centres in Universities, thereby raising the lecturers' skills and knowledge and achieving the industrial relevance and context to their teaching, thus improving the overall learning experience of the students.

... Read more

Free online tutorial on finding images

Mon 20th Oct, 2008

TASI are pleased to announce a new, free-to-use online tutorial to assist staff and students in locating images for use in both teaching and learning: Internet for Image Searching.

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‘Upwardly Mobile’: inclusive m-Learning for beginners

Mon 20th Oct, 2008

Upwardly Mobile is a new user-friendly DVD-ROM from the JISC TechDis service, designed to make mobile learning (m-Learning) more engaging and accessible.

... Read more

Latest ICS Newsletter available

Thu 16th Oct, 2008

The latest issue of the HEA-ICS newsletter is now available online: Issue 11 - Oct 2008 (PDF 788KB).

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Furthering the involvement of disabled students in HE

Thu 16th Oct, 2008

The Disability Equality Partnership (DEP) are inviting expressions of interest from institutions who would like to increase and embed the engagement of disabled students in a strategic and an ongoing basis within institutional policy and practice.

... Read more

Maths facts and formulae leaflet for Computer Science

Wed 15th Oct, 2008

The Maths, Stats & OR network, and sigma have produced a number of leaftlets to support the transition from school mathematics to university mathematics in a range of disciplines.  The leaflets contain commonly used (undergraduate) mathematical formulae and are available free of charge to members of staff from UK Higher Education Institutions.

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HEFCE and JISC to open up resources for learning

Wed 15th Oct, 2008

HEFCE has announced an initial £5.7 million of funding for pilot projects that will open up existing high-quality education resources from higher education institutions to the world.

... Read more

UK Student Mainframe Contest

Mon 13th Oct, 2008

This year IBM's UK Student Mainframe Contest both Registrations and Contest are due to start on Tuesday 14th October. The contest will run until 31st December 2008.  Improved prizes on offer including Nintendo DS and Playstation 3 Consoles!

... Read more

ITT on the use of research content in teaching and learning

Fri 10th Oct, 2008

The JISC Scholarly Communications Working Group wishes to commission some work to investigate issues around the use of research content in teaching and learning within UK Higher Education Institutions.

... Read more

New reports on employability and enterprise

Thu 9th Oct, 2008

Two reports which address the topics of entrepreneurship and employability / employer engagement have recently been added to the website of The Council for Industry and Higher Education (CIHE).

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Change Academy helps transform higher education practices

Tue 7th Oct, 2008

Teams from fifteen higher education institutions recently took part in a four-day residential event as part of the Change Academy programme run by the Higher Education Academy (HEA), which helps teams of academics to develop the knowledge, capacity and enthusiasm for achieving complex institutional change to benefit the student learning experience.

... Read more

New release of WebPA Open Source Tool

Fri 3rd Oct, 2008

The WebPA Project is pleased to announce the latest release of the WebPA Open Source Tool for the assessment of group work.

... Read more

Roadmap of JISC Grant Funding Opportunities

Thu 2nd Oct, 2008

JISC have published a timetable of calls for future funding opportunities for the new academic year at

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Launch of Knowledge and Technology Exchange in Further Education Project – Grants available

Thu 25th Sep, 2008

The New Engineering Foundation in partnership with the Gatsby Charitable Foundation is announcing a new project - the Knowledge and Technology Exchange Nodes (K/TENs). Grants of £15,000 are available to FE colleges to strengthen their capability in delivering innovative knowledge and technology exchange activities in engineering, applied science and technology.

... Read more

Proceedings from 9th Annual Conference online

Tue 23rd Sep, 2008

The proceedings (and accompanying presentations) from the 9th Annual Conference of the HEA Subject Centre for Information and Computer Sciences are now available online. 
... Read more

Copyright Toolkit: use of multimedia in learning environments

Thu 18th Sep, 2008

Eduserv have launched a new online resource that aims to help people in the education sector who use digital resources such as audio, images and videos, understand the copyright issues involved.  The Copyright Toolkit is free to use, and includes helpful background information about copyright law and a set of interactive exercises to help people understand the underlying principles behind the legal requirements.

... Read more

Third International Plagiarism Conference: papers available

Tue 16th Sep, 2008

The papers and presentations from the Third International Plagiarism Conference are now available online.

... Read more

Results from survey on Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL)

Mon 15th Sep, 2008

The results from a survey on Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) carried out by members of the Learning and Teaching working group of UCISA's Teaching Learning and Information Group (UCISA-TLIG) have now been published on the UCISA website.

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National Student Survey results published

Thu 11th Sep, 2008

The results of the 2008 National Student Survey (NSS) have been released today.  The overall satisfaction level of Computer Science students was 81.4%, while for Information Science it was 90% (note: LIS departments are misleadingly entitled “Information Services” in the 2008 NSS).  [Data from the table of Student satisfaction by subject which reflects the percentage of students who agreed with 'Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of my course'.]

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Expert input sought for Curriculum Design and Delivery Programmes

Wed 10th Sep, 2008

JISC infoNet is seeking expressions of interest from individuals who would like to be involved in the support and synthesis activities of the JISC Curriculum Design and Delivery Programmes.

... Read more

Effective Practice with e-Portfolios

Mon 8th Sep, 2008

JISC has released Effective Practice with e-Portfolios: supporting 21st century learning as a resource to support the growing interest in the benefits that electronic portfolios may bring to personal development planning (PDP) and to 21st century models of learning, teaching and assessment.

... Read more

FREE technology enhanced learning workshops

Mon 8th Sep, 2008

Two workshops entitled Using technology to support work-related learning and two others entitled Using technology to support the student learning experience will be offered by Netskills as FREE events, supported by the HEA and JISC.  These workshops will explore a variety of technological resources and investigate their pedagogic value. They are aimed at lecturers, learning technologists and educational developers interested in the use of technology to enhance learning through the use of technology.

... Read more

Google Europe Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship 2009

Fri 5th Sep, 2008

Google have released details of the Google Europe Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship 2009, which aims to encourage women to excel in computing and technology, and become active role models and leaders.   the Scholarships are open to female students entering their final year of a Bachelor’s degree, or enrolled in an a Master’s or PhD programme (or equivalent), in 2009/2010.

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Subject Centres help ease students' transition to higher education

Thu 4th Sep, 2008

Subject Centres from the Higher Education Academy are working with academics and students to help ease the transition from school to university life for thousands of students as they begin courses at universities throughout the UK.

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E-Bulletins on Inclusive Practice now available

Tue 2nd Sep, 2008

Members of the Inclusion SIG (Special Interest Group) of the Higher Education Academy have published six documents providing explanations and overviews of key topics.

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Conference taster: video on Beyond Google

Fri 22nd Aug, 2008

Beyond Google: developing training skills for library and information students in their work with the Google generation is one of several HEA-ICS funded projects to be showcased at the HEA ICS Conference from 26-28 August in Liverpool .

... Read more

Two JISC ITTs on assessment

Thu 21st Aug, 2008

JISC have released two new Invitations to Tender focusing on assessment, with submission deadlines of Monday 22 September. 

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US report on Fostering Learning in the Networked World

Tue 19th Aug, 2008

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has commissioned a report to provide guidance to NSF on the opportunities, research questions, partners, strategies, and existing resources for cyberlearning.

... Read more

Student video contest to promote critical thinking and creative expression

Mon 18th Aug, 2008

The Sparky Awards is a contest that recognizes the best new short videos on the value of sharing and aims to broaden the discussion of access to scholarly research by inviting students to express their views creatively. The 2008 contest theme is “MindMashup: the value of information sharing.”

... Read more

Improving accessibility of electronic texts

Fri 15th Aug, 2008

JISC TechDis, along with the Publishers Association, has recently been working to improve access to electronic versions of educational texts. A website has been created to enable educationalists working with disabled learners to get an electronic version of published texts as quickly as possible.

... Read more

QAA launches Access to HE courses database

Fri 15th Aug, 2008

The QAA (Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education) has launched a new Access to HE courses database, which has been completely redesigned with significant improvements to the search facility. It provides the only definitive published list of QAA-recognised Access to HE courses.

... Read more

Marking Criteria and Assessment Methods - new DVD

Thu 14th Aug, 2008

The HEA is publicising its DVD on Marking Criteria and Assessment Methods, which looks at staff and student perceptions of marking criteria. 

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Beyond the Google Generation report – next steps (JISC podcast)

Mon 11th Aug, 2008

The Google Generation report made a major impact when it was published in January of this year. In this podcast interview one of its authors Ian Rowlands of University College London talks to Philip Pothen from JISC about some of the implications of the report, while Rachel Bruce, JISC programme director, gives her views on the report and possible next steps.

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Call for proposals for JISC Learning and Teaching Innovation Grants

Thu 31st Jul, 2008

JISC invites institutions to submit funding proposals for projects to undertake work under the second round of its Learning and teaching Innovation Grants Programme.  This is an open call for one year projects dealing with any aspect of e-learning.  

... Read more

Higher Education Academy calls for greater recognition for university teaching

Wed 30th Jul, 2008

As the Higher Education Academy publishes its new strategic plan, HEA Chief Executive Paul Ramsden has called for greater recognition for teaching in universities throughout the UK.

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Rise of podcasting in higher education

Fri 18th Jul, 2008

There has been a phenomenal rise in the use of podcasts over the past three years, with significant use in higher education.

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Call for National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (NTFS) project bids

Thu 17th Jul, 2008

 The 2008-09 call for National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (NTFS) project bids is now available. Teams are able to bid for funds of up to £200,000 for use over a period of up to three years.

... Read more

Opera browser offers free, online Web-standards course

Wed 9th Jul, 2008

The Web browser Opera offers today the first 23 articles of a free online course on Web standards.

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JISC ITT: The potential of semantic technologies for learning and teaching

Mon 30th Jun, 2008

The Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) invites tenders to conduct a study to investigate how applications which use semantic technologies can add value to learning and teaching.

... Read more

SQA Releases White Paper on Sustainable Development of e-Assessment

Mon 30th Jun, 2008

This white paper outlines the benefits of e-assessment, both for Scotland and beyond, and is a must read for any organisation looking to implement e-Assessment on a large scale.

... Read more

HEA National Teaching Fellowships awarded

Mon 30th Jun, 2008

Fifty lecturers and learning support staff have been awarded National Teaching Fellowships from the Higher Education Academy.

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TechDis: Third round of HEAT Scheme

Wed 25th Jun, 2008

The JISC TechDis Service is pleased to announce a third round of the HEAT scheme. The aim of this scheme is to provide staff working in HE or HE in FE in England, Wales and Northern Ireland with technology (including hardware and software, mainstream and specialist) with which to develop or uncover an aspect of good inclusive practice. This may be specific to the teaching of a particular discipline, supporting a specific role area, or may have more generic applicability across the sector.

... Read more

New Engineering Foundation Industrial Fellowship Scheme Deadline Approaches

Thu 19th Jun, 2008

 Since September 2007, further education lecturers have been required to undertake at least 30 hours of continuous professional development (CPD) prorata. The Industrial Fellowship Scheme, running since 2005, and backed by generous financial support from the Gatsby Charitable Foundation enables each participating college to apply for a grant of £12,000 towards the secondment of up to 3 of their nominated science, engineering, construction and technology lecturers to take secondments with local businesses or technical/scientific research centres in Universities, thereby raising the lecturers' skills and knowledge and achieving the industrial relevance and context to their teaching, thus improving the overall learning experience of the students.

... Read more

Great expectations of ICT: How HE institutions are measuring up

Fri 13th Jun, 2008

New research commissioned by JISC and carried out by Ipsos MORI suggests that students are starting to mix their social networking sites with their academic studies and inviting tutors and lecturers into their virtual space.


... Read more

Phoebe Pedagogy Planning Tool

Fri 6th Jun, 2008

The final report from the Phoebe project is now available. The principal achievement of the project has been the development of a usable and useful pedagogy planner tool, which is freely available.

... Read more

Designing and sharing inquiry-based learning activities: LAMS evaluation case study

Fri 6th Jun, 2008

Report summarising the findings of an evaluation project funded by JISC as part of its Design for Learning programme, which ran from May 2006 to October 2007.

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Are you interested in using technology in your teaching of maths?

Tue 3rd Jun, 2008

sigma, the HEFCE funded Centre for Excellence in Mathematics and Statistics Support, is keen to work with HE in FE practitioners who are interested in incorporating new technologies in their teaching practice.  Based at Loughborough and Coventry Universities, sigma is currently investigating the effectiveness of new technologies in the teaching of mathematics to specialist and non-specialist maths students.  sigma is keen to develop work with anyone interested in developing new and innovative approaches to teaching, including the development of mathematical or statistical resources that will prove beneficial to students or staff involved in mathematical support.

... Read more

2008 HE in FE Teaching Award Scheme: Nominations Now Open

Mon 2nd Jun, 2008

The STEM Subject Centre HE in FE Teaching Award provides an opportunity for lecturers in Sciences, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics delivering Higher Nationals, Foundation Degrees and other undergraduate programmes in further education colleges to receive national recognition for their outstanding learning and teaching practices, or work in some other way that enhances the student learning experience.
This award, and winners cheque of £500, is open to both full and part-time staff and is intended to showcase commitment, imagination and innovative ways to inspire students and make their learning relevant.
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May 2008 snapshot of UK HE and FE developments in Second Life

Fri 23rd May, 2008

The EduServ Foundation has published a May 2008 snapshot of UK HE and FE developments in SL. This report summarises an investigation into the use and uptake of Second Life (SL) by UK Higher and Further Education.

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EngSC Online Seminar Series

Wed 21st May, 2008

The Engineering Subject Centre is pleased to launch their free, online seminar series which is designed to introduce participants to a range of learning technologies. Delivered directly to you online, these seminars need just one hour of your time on the day along with preparatory materials available in video format . 

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E3AN question bank on Electrical and Electronic Engineering now available for live student use

Fri 9th May, 2008

The content of the E3AN question bank on Electrical and Electronic Engineering is now available for live student use online under the name of QuestionBuddy.

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May edition of ICS newsletter now available

Fri 9th May, 2008
For all the latest news from the Subject Centre for Information and Computer Sciences - Higher Education Academy, please see the latest newsletter (May 2008).... Read more

Student Essay Competition 2008 winners announced

Fri 9th May, 2008
The Higher Education Academy - Subject Centre for Information and Computer Sciences offered students the chance to share their opinions and experiences in a 900 - 1,100 word essay. The title of the essay was:

"What makes a good lecturer?"

The Subject Centre would like to congratulate the two winning entries.... Read more

National Awards for the Teaching of Information and Computer Sciences (ICS) in Higher Education in Scotland and Wales

Tue 29th Apr, 2008

The ICS Subject Centre is pleased to launch an annual National Awards Scheme for the Teaching of ICS in Higher Education in Scotland and Wales.

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Online Survey of Students’ Mathematical Modelling Skills

Thu 10th Apr, 2008

The university team that produced the Mathtutor online resource is working with MEI (Mathematics in Education and Industry), to address some pressing questions in relation to the teaching of mechanics at university.

... Read more

New Assessment DVD Now Available!

Mon 18th Feb, 2008
After the tremendous success of the Student View DVD, the Higher Education Academy's HE in FE Teaching and Learning Enhancement Programme has commissioned a 20-minute DVD of tutor interviews on their perceptions of assessment and feedback on a range of HE courses delivered in Further Education Colleges. This has been been bundled with two different edits of the Student View and three supplementary pdfs, to assist in staff training, and to stimulate discussion and debate on assessment and feedback. Please contact Ian Lindsay, the Subject Centre Academic Advisor for HE in FE, at if you would like to receive a complimentary copy.... Read more

February edition of ICS newsletter now available

Wed 13th Feb, 2008
For all the latest news from the Subject Centre for Information and Computer Sciences - Higher Education Academy, please see the latest newsletter (February 2008).... Read more

New report available - "Analysis of accessibility issues for creating and deploying on-line assessment tools"

Thu 31st Jan, 2008
Author: Dr Jim Smith, School of Computer Science, University of the West of England, Bristol

This work was conducted as part of the HEA project “Creation of OnLine Assessments for Teaching Artificial Intelligence”. One of the specific aims of that project was to consider the impact of switching to computer-based assessment on students with disabilities, in particular visual disabilities and dyslexia. ... Read more

The BCSWomen Undergraduate Lovelace Colloquium

Fri 18th Jan, 2008
The inaugural BCSWomen Undergraduate Lovelace Colloquium will be held at the University of Leeds on June 16 2008.

A flyer for students is available for download here: ug_flyer.pdf

A flyer for staff is available for download here: staff_flyer.pdf
... Read more

HE in FE Teaching Award Winner Announced

Thu 10th Jan, 2008
The 2007 HE in FE Teaching Award and a cheque for £500 was presented by radio and television presenter Maggie Philbin to Hull College’s Rose Papworth during the New Engineering Foundation’s Annual Seminar and Award Ceremony at the Institute of Directors in London on January 9th 2008. ... Read more

Dublin Core Education call for use cases

Mon 7th Jan, 2008
What information about educational resources do you need to record and share? What educational metadata does your organisation use already, and what does it need for the future? Are the existing metadata standards (e.g. IEEE LOM, Dublin Core, etc.) meeting your needs for describing educational resources, or for describing educational aspects of resources? Read on to see how you can help improve interoperability and make your requirements known:... Read more

Call for Papers: 9th ICS Subject Centre Annual Conference

Tue 18th Dec, 2007
The Higher Education Academy Subject Centre for Information and Computer Science's 2008 Annual Conference will take place from Tuesday 26th to Thursday 28th August 2008, at the Liverpool Hope University.

... Read more

ITALICS Call for Papers: Computer Assisted Assessment [CAA]

Wed 12th Dec, 2007
This call for papers is for a special edition of ITALICS that will concentrate on Computer Assisted Assessment [CAA]. We want to showcase the latest assessment types, novel areas of application and so on in order to highlight the current status, capabilities and possible development directions possible in CAA.
... Read more

Managing Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) in Digital Learning Materials: A Development Pack

Mon 10th Dec, 2007

Managing Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) in Digital Learning Materials: A Development Pack for Institutional Repositories

The final outputs of the JISC TrustDR project are now available.

Authors: John Casey, Jackie Proven & David Dripps

Distributed under a Creative Commons License - Attribution 2.5 UK: Scotland

Download from:

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General Development Funding 2007-2008 Update

Thu 8th Nov, 2007
The Higher Education Academy Subject Network for Information and Computer Sciences is pleased to announce the latest round of successful Development Funds. All proposals submitted exhibited considerable merit of which 13 were funded. ... Read more

New ICS rescource: Making the most of your library – a guide for ICS lecturers

Wed 7th Nov, 2007
The aim of this guide is to provide a better understanding of library services and to help academic staff consider how they can make effective use of the knowledge and expertise of library staff to support and enhance the students learning experience and their development of information handling skills.... Read more

JISC RSCs receive funding for three more years

Thu 1st Nov, 2007
JISC has announced that it will be funding the Regional Support Centres (RSCs) in England, Wales and Northern Ireland for a further three years, to August 2010.
Their work - initially in linking providers to the JANET network, then evolving to the provision of curriculum support and guidance in the use of online resources, and latterly in supporting senior managers in the strategic development of colleges and other learning providers – has contributed significantly to the step-change in the integration of ICT undergone by the sector since the start of the decade. See JISC news for more details.... Read more

Software Challenge - Reusable Learning Objects Student Competition

Tue 30th Oct, 2007
The Higher Education Academy Subject Network for Information and Computer Sciences is pleased to announce a national student competition in the development of Reusable Learning Objects for teaching computing.... Read more

Sainsbury Review welcomed by HEFCE

Mon 8th Oct, 2007
HEFCE has welcomed the publication of Lord Sainsbury’s review of science and innovation and its acceptance by the Government today. The review looks at what more can be done to secure the UK's success in the face of the opportunities and challenges of globalisation.... Read more

IBM Student Mainframe Contest 2007

Thu 4th Oct, 2007
This autumn, IBM is running the Student Mainframe Contest for college and university students across the UK.... Read more

academicjava: free Java resource

Tue 2nd Oct, 2007
After a world-wide trial involving students and instructors of introductory programming using Java an innovative resource of 500 programs with explanations and commentaries has just been launched.... Read more

HE in FE Teaching Award 2007 to be Presented by Maggie Philbin

Wed 26th Sep, 2007
This year's award of £500 will be presented at the New Engineering Foundation’s Seminar and Award Ceremony at the Institute of Directors, London on January 9th 2008 by radio and television presenter Maggie Philbin. ... Read more

JISC: New research on attitudes of university applicants to ICT

Mon 10th Sep, 2007

Great expectations of ICT…

New research suggests that young university hopefuls expect unrestricted access to the Internet

Those hoping to go to university are ‘digital natives' who use social networking sites regularly and are quickly able to perceive the potential benefits and limitations of new technologies in their social and academic lives, when presented with examples of their use.

... Read more

JISC Technology Watch open call for report on Service Clouds

Mon 10th Sep, 2007
JISC Technology and Standards Watch announces the publication of an open call for a report on service clouds and the future of browsers and desktop operating systems. ... Read more

Request for Proposals: Classroom Curriculum Using Sun SPOTs

Wed 5th Sep, 2007
Sun Microsystems Laboratories are seeking proposals for curriculum development using Sun SPOTS for classes during this academic year (2007-2008).

The Sun SPOT is a tiny wireless computer based on Java(TM) technology from top to bottom. Designed for embedded sensing and control, the versatile Sun SPOT platform gives students an innovative alternative to programming with a keyboard, mouse, and screen. What can students do with a Sun SPOT? Monitor a fragile ecosystem, experiment with wireless routing protocols, build a new robot, or design a Sun SPOT “egg drop” experiment. The Sun SPOT provides a fundamental capability for programming the world.... Read more

Disciplinary Commons project

Tue 4th Sep, 2007

The Disciplinary Commons project concerns computing education in the UK. The 2007/8 instantiation will focus on human computer interaction (HCI) and is open to anyone who currently teaches HCI in a UK institution of higher education. Over the course of the academic year 2007/8 up to 20 teachers will meet every 4-6 weeks to document our practice and create a powerful community resource.

... Read more

Tranche 5 of the General Development Fund now available

Tue 4th Sep, 2007
The HE Academy subject network for Information and Computer Sciences recently announced tranche 5 of the General Development Fund. Projects will aim to bring into wider use exemplary techniques, methods or materials already developed and used successfully within local departments.... Read more

ICS Support for New Academic Staff - Wiki

Fri 24th Aug, 2007
HEA-ICS has been considering what resources might be made available to support new academic staff. As a result of consultation with colleagues, it became apparent that a common source of frustration for new staff is that much of the practical information that they require is not documented in department or university manuals or discussed at induction sessions.... Read more

Internship Lets CS Students Pitch Proposals to VC Firm

Wed 15th Aug, 2007
Three teams of University of Illinois computer science students are spending the summer trying to launch their own companies with the help of an internship that requires them to pitch their own software or web based services to potential investors.... Read more

Indiana University's Move to ChaCha

Fri 10th Aug, 2007
Article by Linda L. Briggs in Campus technology on Indiana University's alliance with search firm CHaCha.... Read more

JISC Capital Circular 2/07: Call for Proposals

Mon 30th Jul, 2007
JISC Circular 2/07 invites institutions to submit funding proposals for projects in the following areas:
Enterprise architectures
Users and innovation
Proposals may be submitted by HE institutions funded via HEFCE and HEFCW, and by FE institutions in England that teach HE to more than 400 FTEs.
Funding is available for projects starting from December 2007 onwards for 12-15 months depending on the area of work. All projects must be complete by the end of March 2009.
For further information, the circular can be found at: Read more

Latest edition of higher quality 24 now available

Fri 6th Jul, 2007
The latest edition of higher quality, the bulletin of QAA, is now available. This edition includes a Focus on... the Access to Higher Education Diploma, a Quick guide to... Enhancement publications, and news from Scotland and Wales. Read more

HE in FE Mini-Projects: Funding for 2007/8 Announced Today!

Wed 4th Jul, 2007
The Engineering and Information and Computer Sciences Subject Centres have today announced that they are inviting bids from engineering and computing lecturers for Mini-Project funding to support work at Higher Education level within a Further Education Environment. The aim of this restricted funding opportunity is to enable the sharing and development of good practice and resources in engineering and computing education that will be beneficial to the wider teaching and learning community in both areas.

Other funding opportunities, open to the wider educational community, are available from our main Funding Opportunities pages. ... Read more

Launch of Pilot Online Interoperable Question Bank

Mon 2nd Jul, 2007
The Information and Computer Sciences subject centre is pleased to announce the launch of a Pilot Question Bank. This is an interoperable web application for creating a bank of Computer Science and Informatics questions. The System was developed by the Learning Technology Research group (LTR) at the School of Computer Science and Information Technology of The University of Nottingham, under the support and funding of the Information and Computer Sciences subject centre of the HE Academy. This project is currently in the pilot stage and as such we would appreciate your feedback. To contact the administrator with your queries or comments please email: Read more

JISC: Launch of the Depot at national conference marks 'repositories milestone'

Fri 15th Jun, 2007
A major JISC conference being held in Manchester on the 5th of June will mark an important milestone in establishing institutional repositories across UK education and research.... Read more

New JISCPAS research reveals vast variations in penalties for plagiarism

Thu 14th Jun, 2007
AMBeR study provides ‘enormously valuable report’ which will promote ‘consistency and fairness’

The regulations that recommend penalties for plagiarism among higher education institutions (HEIs) vary substantially throughout the UK, according to new research published today by JISCPAS, the national plagiarism advisory service funded by JISC.... Read more

JISC ITT: Library Management Systems

Tue 12th Jun, 2007
JISC ITT: Library Management Systems: an evaluation and horizon scan of the current library management systems and related systems landscape for UK Higher Education... Read more

VLES - Emerging technologies for learning publication by Becta

Tue 5th Jun, 2007
Emerging technologies for learning has been published recently ... Read more

Entries Open for the 2007 Science, Engineering and Technology Student of the Year Awards

Mon 28th May, 2007
You can now enter your best students for the 2007 SET (Science, Engineering & Technology Student of the Year)

Entry costs nothing, and if your student is shortlisted it could lead to wide recognition and publicity for your teaching and your university. The SET Awards are the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland’s most important and prestigious national awards for undergraduates.... Read more

Personalised Learning Plans in Lifelong Learning Networks Report

Mon 28th May, 2007
The following report is now available:

Title: Personalised learning plans in Lifelong Learning Networks
Authors: Rob Ward and Helen Richardson
URL: Read more

CILIP - 3rd edition of Euroguide LIS questionnaire

Thu 24th May, 2007
CILIP is collaborating with a number of European partners on the preparation of a 3rd edition of Euroguide LIS (The Guide to Competencies for European Professional in Library and Information Services). The guide was originally developed as part of the Leonardo Da Vinci programme's DECIDoc project, which was continued in the CERTIDoc project. ... Read more

ALT - Learning Technologist of the Year Award

Mon 21st May, 2007
ALT is delighted to be organising and presenting the inaugural Learning Technologist of the Year Award.

The Award is open to individual members of ALT and to individuals and teams based in ALT member organisations worldwide.

Full details of the award, and the application form, are available now from ... Read more

JISC sponsors ‘Outstanding ICT Initiative of the Year’ Award

Mon 14th May, 2007
Call to institutions to ‘bring to wider attention examples of innovation in the use of ICT’

JISC is sponsoring an award this year which will showcase the most innovative and potentially far-reaching ICT initiatives across the UK. The award, one of the Times Higher’s 2007 Awards, will ‘recognise and reward an institutional ICT initiative which has demonstrated an innovative and strategic use of ICT in support of the goals of that institution.’... Read more

JISC ITT: Resource Discovery InfoKit

Tue 1st May, 2007
The JISC wishes to commission the creation of a resource discovery information kit (infokit) on an area of the JISC website.... Read more

JISC Circular 1/07 invites institutions to submit funding proposals

Fri 27th Apr, 2007
JISC Circular 1/07 invites institutions to submit funding proposals for projects in the following areas:

+ e-learning;
+ e-infrastructure;
+ repositories and digital preservation;
+ institutional exemplars aimed at supporting existing institutional strategies.... Read more

JISC: Effective Practice with e-Assessment

Fri 27th Apr, 2007
A new publication from JISC, Effective Practice with e-Assessment, is to be launched at the JISC Conference on 13 March, providing an overview of e-assessment practice in colleges and universities across the UK.... Read more

JISC: Video case studies of Spaces for 21st Century Learning and Teaching

Fri 27th Apr, 2007
Five new video case studies illustrating the embedding of technologies in new and refurbished spaces for teaching and learning will also be available on CD-ROM from the main JISC stand and from the JISC infoNet stand. These case studies provide an extension to the 2006 JISC publication Designing Spaces for Effective Learning and focus on designs for learning and teaching accommodation in FE and HE.... Read more

Innovate-Live Spring Seminar Series

Mon 23rd Apr, 2007
The Innovate-Live Seminar Series is a series of webcasts produced by, ULiveandLearn, that cover timely issues that arise when educators attempt to use information technology tools to enhance the educational process writ broad. ... Read more

JANET launches its new wireless technical advisory service at NETWORKSHOP 35

Wed 18th Apr, 2007
The JANET Wireless Technology Advisory Service was launched on April 4th 2007 at Networkshop 35.
The service is available to academic and research organisations and will provide unbiased expert advice on a wide range wireless technologies and their implementation.... Read more

Launch of 'Planning & Designing Technology-Rich Learning Spaces' infoKit

Thu 5th Apr, 2007
JISC infoNet is pleased to announce the launch of its newest infoKit 'Planning and Designing Technology-Rich Learning Spaces': ... Read more

Internet Detective: 1 million milestone

Tue 3rd Apr, 2007
Intute's Internet Detective online tutorial has reached the milestone of 1 million page views - achieved in the 8 months since it was launched in June 2006.

Technical Manager Paul Smith said: "For a new eLearning resource, consisting of fewer than 50 pages to achieve this in such a short period of time is very encouraging."

The tutorial teaches critical evaluation of information found on the Internet - a skill which is increasingly recognised as essential for students.

It forms a key component of Intute's training services, designed to help raise the level of Internet research skills in universities and colleges across the UK.
... Read more

QAA: new benchmark statement for computing published

Fri 30th Mar, 2007
Subject benchmark statements provide a means for the academic community to describe the nature and characteristics of programmes in a specific subject or subject area. They also represent general expectations about standards for the award of qualifications at a given level in terms of the attributes and capabilities that those possessing qualifications should have demonstrated.... Read more

Funding worth more than £15m announced

Fri 30th Mar, 2007
Second round of JISC’s capital programme targets e-learning, repositories and preservation, and e-research.

Over 80 projects, totalling more than £15m of funding, have been successful in the latest round of JISC’s capital programme, it was announced today.... Read more

Google Summer of Code 2007

Fri 16th Mar, 2007
Last year Google spent over £1,500,000 to fund 630 student projects across 90 countries with the help of over 100 mentoring organisations.

Google Summer of Code is expressly designed to get the brightest minds on campus contributing code to open source initiatives and inventing new open source programs and will this year give approximately £2250 (USD $4,500) to applicants who successfully work with a sponsoring organisation or advisor to create innovative or useful open source software. ... Read more

New Higher Education Academy Professional recognition scheme

Fri 16th Mar, 2007
The Academy will be writing to HEIs and staff who teach and support learning to let them know formally about the new professional recognition scheme.

The scheme has been designed following extensive consultation. It will raise the profile of the excellent work in teaching and learning being developed in HEIs and enhance the professional status of staff. The scheme is aligned to the sector-owned UK Professional Standards Framework.... Read more

Centre for Active Learning Visiting Fellowship Scheme

Fri 16th Mar, 2007
The Centre for Active Learning (CeAL), a HEFCE funded Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at the University of Gloucestershire in Cheltenham, UK, is pleased to announce the establishment of a Visiting Fellowship Scheme. The Scheme is open to colleagues from other Higher Education Institutions in the UK and overseas who would like to come and work with us and use our facilities.... Read more

JISC Funding Opportunity: Significant Properties ITT

Thu 15th Mar, 2007
JISC invites proposals for 4 separate studies to identify and analyse the significant properties of four different types of digital objects for digital preservation purposes: e-learning objects, software, vector images and moving images. For each object type, the contractors are required to develop a model for expressing significant properties and propose standard ways of expressing these in the form of templates.... Read more

Funding Opportunity: ILS Commission projects

Mon 12th Mar, 2007
As part of our work to develop resources and materials for the Information and Library Science (ILS) community, the Higher Education Academy Subject Centre for Information and Computer Sciences (ICS) would like to commission a number of projects to create materials to support learning, teaching and pedagogic research within the discipline. ... Read more

Careers Education Benchmark Statement

Fri 9th Mar, 2007
The Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (AGCAS) recently produced the Careers Education Benchmark Statement.

The document is designed to give a convenient overview of careers education: its principles, scope and varying approaches. It aims to stimulate debate and act as a point of reference for curriculum development and review. It has undergone an extensive national consultation.... Read more

RLO Student Competition Winner Announced!

Wed 28th Feb, 2007
The Subject Centre would like to congratulate the University of Dundee student, Alan Clelland and his superviser Dr Janet Hughes for finishing in 1st place in our 2006 RLO Student Competition. Alan received a £700 cheque and Janet received £300.... Read more

TechDis: second tranche of HEAT funding now available

Fri 23rd Feb, 2007
The first round of HEAT (Higher Education Assistive Technology) funding supported the purchase of technology for 19 small projects to uncover or develop good practice in an aspect of inclusive teaching. The reports from the HEAT scheme will be available online within the next couple of weeks from:

A second tranche of HEAT funding is now available.... Read more

"A week in the life..." Student Competition

Thu 15th Feb, 2007
Some of the questions most commonly asked about studying Information and Computing Sciences (ICS)at university are what is it like?, what do you do all day? and how is it different from ICT at School?... Read more

IBM student Competition: Cell/B.E. University Challenge 07

Tue 6th Feb, 2007
On February 5, 2007, IBM announced the “Cell/B.E. University Challenge 07” a programming contest specifically created for university students and offering cash prizes to the winners.

... Read more

Call for Grant Funding bids from Scottish Institutions

Fri 2nd Feb, 2007
Sustainability is now recognised to be a key area of development for the education sector . In particular, the policy and practice context points to the need to consider how best to embed it into higher education learning and teaching strategies and curricula.... Read more

JISC's value to UK education and research: report published

Fri 2nd Feb, 2007
Value for money report reveals savings gained through the national provision of network, content and advisory services.

16th January, 2007. For every £1 spent on the JISC services budget, the UK education and research community receives £9 of demonstrable value. This is one of the findings of a newly-published value for money report commissioned by JISC to uncover some of the 'hidden' value of its activities in support of education and research. ... Read more

HEFCE: Scoping study for a strategic review of sustainability in higher education

Fri 2nd Feb, 2007
As the first part of a two-stage strategic review of sustainable development in higher education in England, HEFCE commissioned SQW Ltd to carry out a scoping study for the work. ... Read more

HEFCE: Science and Innovation Awards

Fri 2nd Feb, 2007
The recipients of the third round of Science and Innovation Awards have been announced by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).... Read more

Worldwide call for free and open access to European research results

Tue 30th Jan, 2007
Over 10,000 individuals sign petition to European Commission to guarantee public access to publicly funded research.... Read more

EU open access petition attracts more than 10,000 signatures

Mon 29th Jan, 2007
Over 10,000 individuals sign petition to European Commission to guarantee public access to publicly funded research

Full note... Read more

Digitising five centuries of UK life: further £12m investment

Thu 25th Jan, 2007
JISC today announced the successful bids in a further £12m investment in the digitisation of major resources of national importance. Following the enormous interest in last year’s call for proposals and the high quality of the many bids received, the extra investment has been made by the Higher Education Funding Councils for England and Wales (HEFCE and HEFCW) to support the wider availability of national, scholarly resources.... Read more

JISC ITT: Use of 'Web2.0' technologies funding

Mon 22nd Jan, 2007
JISC invites proposals for a study to investigate issues arising from the use by students and teachers of 'Web2.0' technologies to share educational content and, in particular, how such technologies can inter-relate with universities’ institutional systems and policies to support effective practice.... Read more

Call for case study proposals

Tue 16th Jan, 2007
The JISC Plagiarism Advisory Service (JISCPAS) invite proposals for case studies from members of the HE and FE community. As a means of further developing the service's evidence base of good practice in preventing plagiarism and related matters, proposals must support the six themes of the Plagiarism Advisory Service roadmap. Funding of up to £3,000 is available for each project, based on a total grant of £20,000.
... Read more

HE in FE Teaching Awards 2007 launched

Tue 9th Jan, 2007
The Information and Computer Sciences Subject Centre Teaching Awards provide an opportunity for lecturers delivering Higher Nationals, Foundation Degrees and other undergraduate programmes in further education colleges to receive national recognition for their outstanding learning and teaching practices, or work in some other way that enhances the student learning experience.... Read more

QAA enters into agreement with BCS

Thu 21st Dec, 2006
The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) will be establishing closer working relations with the British Computer Society (BCS) from today (14th Dec) when both organisations sign a Memorandum of Understanding.... Read more

ITALICS Special eLIT Issue

Mon 18th Dec, 2006
Today, we have launched a new issue of ITALICS (Volume 5 Issue 4), focusing on eLiterature.... Read more

HEA - Information and Computer Sciences Newsletter

Mon 18th Dec, 2006
For all the latest news from the Subject Centre for Information and Computer Sciences - Higher Education Academy, please see the latest newsletter (December 2006).... Read more

JISC welcomes Gowers Review of Intellectual Property

Thu 14th Dec, 2006
11th December, 2006. JISC today broadly welcomed the Gowers Review of Intellectual Property, published by the Treasury last week, which provides a review and evaluation of the issue of intellectual property (IP) in the digital age.... Read more

HEFCE welcomes sector-wide analysis of 2005 National Student Survey results

Tue 12th Dec, 2006
Students who participated in the 2005 National Student Survey (NSS) were positive about all aspects of teaching quality, but HEFCE-commissioned research has explored in detail how student, course and institution characteristics influence the results of the NSS.... Read more

Higher education in further education colleges: consultation on HEFCE policy

Tue 12th Dec, 2006
This consultation seeks views on the main elements of HEFCE's policy for supporting higher education in further education colleges. It focuses on four main areas: HEFCE's view of the role of HE in FECs, strategic development of provision, proposals for centres for higher education excellence in colleges, and funding and relationships. ... Read more

Engaging employers with higher education: HEFCE strategy

Tue 12th Dec, 2006
Higher education has a vital role in making the country more competitive by promoting the knowledge-based aspects of our economy. Universities and colleges are already engaged with and are themselves part of the world of work, but the HE sector needs to work more effectively in partnership with employers to maximise the benefits.... Read more

JISC infoNet publication highlights collaborative model

Thu 7th Dec, 2006
A new publication which highlights a collaborative model for e-learning has been launched by JISC infoNet. Exploring the findings of the CAMEL project - Collaborative Approaches to the Management of E-Learning - a one-year pilot project led by JISC infoNet in partnership with ALT (Association for Learning Technology) and the Higher Education Academy, the publication explores how institutions which are making good use of e-learning and collaborating in regional lifelong learning partnerships might be able to learn from each other. '...participants take it in turns to organise and host a visit to their organisation that allows them to showcase and share in a trusting environment with the participants acting as critical friends.'

... Read more

Interview: Bringing a European perspective to digitisation

Thu 7th Dec, 2006
Researchers all over the world have the ‘right’ to access the scholarly resources they need. In the digital age, this means that the digitisation of scholarly resources becomes an imperative for education and research bodies across Europe.

So says the man responsible for digitisation at Germany’s national research foundation, the DFG, (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft). With a current annual budget of around 30m Euros – a figure that could double from 2008 - the organisation responsible for funding research in Germany is setting the agenda in the field of European digitisation. Read more

Widening Participation research service launch

Fri 24th Nov, 2006
This week The Higher Education Academy has launched it’s new Widening Participation Research Service (WPRS) to provide services and activities to improve the dissemination of widening participation research across the higher education sector.... Read more

Investing in education and research - Successful bids totalling £5.5m announced

Fri 17th Nov, 2006
17th November, 2006. JISC today announced the successful bids under the first round of funding of its capital programme. Representing an investment of nearly £5.5m, the 27 projects are being funded under the e-learning, e-infrastructure and repositories and preservation strands of the programme.... Read more

Latest News from QAA

Thu 16th Nov, 2006
Information on latest news, recent publications and current consultations.... Read more

Improvements to quality information and the Teaching Quality Information website

Thu 16th Nov, 2006
Following the second phase of a review of quality assurance, HEFCE has published a report (HEFCE 2006/45) and a circular letter (CL 23/2006) setting out proposals to improve information on the quality of learning and teaching in higher education, and inviting comments.

... Read more

FUNDING: Innovative Teaching Development funding announced

Mon 13th Nov, 2006
The Higher Education Academy Subject Network for Information and Computer Sciences are pleased to announce tranche 2 of the Innovative Teaching Development Fund (supported by Microsoft).

For 2007, £30,000 has been allocated to support curriculum development projects within the ICS community. The maximum funding available for any single project should not exceed £5,000.... Read more

Student competition - prizes include £250 and Toshiba laptop

Mon 13th Nov, 2006
Students Essay Award 2007 - Offer some good advice and win £250 and the chance to win a Toshiba laptop!... Read more

November Innovate-Live Webcast Schedule

Tue 7th Nov, 2006
Innovate-Live webcasts offer an opportunity to synchronously interact with authors of selected articles in the October/November 2006 issue of Innovate (, an open access, peer-reviewed, e-journal published by the Fischler School of Education and Social Services at Nova Southeastern University. If you wish to participate in the webcasts, please register at Read more

VideoAktiv: How you can get involved

Mon 6th Nov, 2006
Get involved in promoting the use of digital video to enrich learning and teaching.... Read more

Nuffield Review of 14-19 Education and Training

Wed 1st Nov, 2006
This year’s Annual Report of the Nuffield Review of 14-19 Education and Training, whose lead director is Professor Richard Pring from the University of Oxford, was launched at the Royal Society of Arts in London (Friday 20 October). ... Read more

Call for bids: HE Academy Interdisciplinary Teaching and Learning Group invites bids for up to £8,000

Wed 1st Nov, 2006
The HE Academy Interdisciplinary Teaching and Learning Group invites bids for up to £8,000 each for two small-scale projects. Practitioners from any discipline in UK higher education are welcome to apply.... Read more

Free Booklet: Quality Assurance in HE

Tue 31st Oct, 2006
A booklet has been developed specifically for HE tutors in developing countries, particularly on the African continent, by Sue Purnell, Centre for Lifelong Learning, University of Liverpool, Imelda Bates from the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and Helen Nabwera from the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.... Read more

Using games and simulations to enhance student employability - UCE Birmingham

Tue 31st Oct, 2006
One of last years UCE Birmingham Learning and Teaching Projects has been looking at how using games and simulations can enhance the employability of students. The Games and Simulations Project Team at UCE Birmingham are trying to identify fun, effective resources that really work well with students at all levels ... Read more

HEA - Information and Computer Sciences Newsletter

Mon 23rd Oct, 2006
For all the latest news from the Subject Centre for Information and Computer Sciences - Higher Education Academy, please see the latest newsletter (October 2006). Read more

Anti-Cheating Software Doubles as Peer Review System

Tue 17th Oct, 2006
A vendor of cheating-detection software claims the use of Turnitin reduced the incidence of plagiarism on campuses using the system to less than 14 percent of all work over the course of five years.... Read more

QAA Revised Code of Practice Published

Tue 10th Oct, 2006
Updated editions of three sections of the Code of practice for the assurance of academic quality and standards in higher education are now available.... Read more

Georgia Tech Debuts Outsource-Resistant CS Curriculum

Fri 6th Oct, 2006
The College of Computing at Georgia Tech has released a two-part report exploring the need for a new approach to undergraduate computing education in the face of an increasingly competitive global environment and describing the College’s new undergraduate computing program: Threads™. ... Read more

JISC ITT: 3 studies on good practice and technology-supported approaches in recruitment and admission

Fri 6th Oct, 2006
The Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) wishes to commission three studies into good practice and technology-supported approaches in recruitment and admissions. ... Read more

Student Employability Profiles Launched

Fri 6th Oct, 2006
The Higher Education Academy, together with the Council for Industry and Higher Education (CIHE), is launching a series of Student Employability Profiles for all degree programmes, which will help academic staff, employers and students to understand better the skills developed through the study of a particular subject. ... Read more

Faith Guides

Fri 6th Oct, 2006
The Academy’s Subject Centre for Philosophical and Religious Studies (PRS) has launched a new series of five Faith Guides.... Read more

Gaming in Computer Science - Request for Proposals

Tue 3rd Oct, 2006
Microsoft Research have just announced a Request For Proposals (RFP) for the creation of curriculum and other resources that utilise gaming paradigms to enhance the teaching of core computer science concepts.... Read more

Launch of pilot comment bank

Fri 8th Sep, 2006
The Centre for Information and Computer Sciences is interested in creating a set of statements that could be used by academic staff during their marking of dissertations.... Read more

TechDis Higher Education Assistive Technology (HEAT) funding

Tue 22nd Aug, 2006
Through the HEAT scheme TechDis are offering funding to look at learning approaches using technology to assist student learning. The HEAT scheme aims to raise awareness of the potential of assistive technologies to enhance the experience of all students in the subject disciplines and to explore any good practice that may be achievable with a small amount of technology provision.... Read more

Patent battle over teaching tools

Fri 18th Aug, 2006
Blackboard, an American maker of learning management systems, took the academic community by surprise late last month when it announced it had been granted a broad patent in the US covering 44 claims related to learning management systems.... Read more

Supporting and Recognising Developers

Thu 10th Aug, 2006
If you are working in an educational development unit, in a Higher Education Academy Subject Centre or in a CETL, on a nationally or institutionally funded educational project, or if you have responsibility for staff and educational development in your School or Faculty, then this announcement is of interest to you.... Read more

Performance Indicators

Thu 10th Aug, 2006
The full text and tables of performance indicators in higher education in the UK 2004-05 are on the HESA web-site at Read more

Academy Appoints Director (Institutions)

Thu 10th Aug, 2006
Professors Linda Challis and Howard Colley have been appointed as Director (Institutions) at the Higher Education Academy for a period of one year with effect from 1 August 2006, on a job-share basis. They will be responsible for the Academy’s liaison work with, and services to, universities and colleges throughout the UK. ... Read more

Netbeans IDE 5.0 BlueJ Edition released

Thu 10th Aug, 2006
Those who saw the pre-release demonstration of this software at the HEA-ICS Conference on the Teaching of Programming earlier in the year might like to know that the NetBeans IDE 5.0 BlueJ Edition released has now been released.... Read more

Change management resource launched by JISC infoNet

Thu 10th Aug, 2006
Change is endemic in the education sector. The pressures for change come from all sides: globalisation, government initiatives, doing more with less, improving the quality of student learning and the learning experience, and the pace of change is ever increasing. Living with change and managing change is an essential skill for all.... Read more

JISC Strategy 2007-2009

Thu 10th Aug, 2006
JISC's draft strategy 2007-2009 is being issued for formal consultation and can be found at: Read more

Computer Architecture Simulation Models

Thu 10th Aug, 2006
Computer Architecture simulation models have been created at the University of Edinburgh for use in teaching and learning. They can be accessed at: Read more

FAQ - Sustainability in Computing Courses

Thu 10th Aug, 2006
Responses relating to FAQ - Sustainability in Computing Courses are available at: Read more

RDN re-launches as Intute

Wed 26th Jul, 2006
Intute is the new face of the Resource Discovery Network (RDN), and is a free national service enabling lecturers, researchers and students to discover and access quality internet resources. Intute exists to advance education and research by promoting the most intelligent use of the Internet.... Read more

British Universities Film and Video Council survey of moving images and sound in HE and research

Thu 11th May, 2006
The British Universities Film & Video Council (BUFVC) is currently undertaking a survey of:

- what moving image and sound material and resources are currently being used within Higher Education (HE)
- how staff find information on, and gain access to moving image and sound resources
- what are some of the barriers to making greater use of moving image and sound for teaching, learning and research purposes.... Read more

Opportunities for Staff from Microsoft

Wed 10th May, 2006
In conjunction with Developmentor (, Microsoft are pleased to announce the first Microsoft Academic Insight event – in-depth training on Microsoft .NET, ASP.NET 2.0 and Windows Mobile for academics and educators.... Read more

Opportunities for Students from Microsoft

Wed 10th May, 2006
Microsoft Student Excellence Award
The Microsoft Award for Student Excellence recognises and rewards the most outstanding final year project developed by an undergraduate using Microsoft tools and technology. This is the second year for this award and nominations are now open until 9th June 2006. Read more

e-Tutor Competititon 2006

Thu 13th Apr, 2006
Launch of the Higher Education Academy 2006 e-Tutor competition, sponsored by Times Higher Education Supplement, Toshiba and ALT.... Read more

Press release - UK and New Zealand sign ICT agreement

Thu 13th Apr, 2006
Partnership will bring major benefits to education and research communities in the UK and New Zealand.... Read more

A-Level Criteria Consultation

Thu 13th Apr, 2006
The GCE AS/A level have been revised in line with the remit that QCA received from the DfES. The draft revised criteria are now out to consultation.... Read more