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Mind the gap report – Aston University case study

Published on October 13, 2015
...duce students to their lecturers and cover materials that is best done face-to-face (e.g. some elements of Human Computer Interaction). At the same of the Degree Apprenticeship there is an intensive seven-week module to train all students in the basics of software development and databases so they are ready to start work on client projects. What works well and why? By integrating the learning and work experience into a real employment context, the... Read more »

Digital Technologies in Teaching and Learning

Published on October 24, 2013
...he solution alone. Social and economic success, defined as ensuring fair access and full utilisation of human capital, will rely on harnessing the online environment to enrich and support face-to-face teaching, and vice versa. Find out more in our policy briefings The rise of online learning is shaking up the sector MOOCs: changing the HE landscape... Read more »

Global impact

Published on March 9, 2021
...l for the automatic identification and classification of illegal pharmacies- online malicious websites that prey on vulnerable people with the promise of cheap medicines. FAST uses a sophisticated algorithm and rapid method to identify illegal online pharmacies, discouraging visitors from buying pharmaceuticals online and providing valuable information for Interpol and other national bodies in identifying and classifying illegal activity. The rese... Read more »

The Economist: Report – Automated, Creative & Dispersed

Published on June 1, 2015
...vely with industry. Massive open online courses (MOOCs), an accessible and cheap form of online learning, have the potential to make higher learning more flexible, and therefore easier to combine with work placements or even running a business. Professor Anant Agarwal is chief executive at EdX, a non-profit MOOC platform founded by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University with over 3.5m students regularly logging in around... Read more »

Digital teaching and learning has a future – but we must get the balance right

Published on October 22, 2020
...ng back students with a blended learning approach (a mix of online and face-to-face teaching). For Alliance universities this approach is nothing new, with digital learning opportunities existing long before the pandemic. But our recent experience has taken this one step further. Alliance universities have now amassed a wealth of evidence about the benefits of blended teaching and learning, and have a good understanding of the challenges of delive... Read more »

New report challenges outdated perspective on ‘good’ universities

Published on May 14, 2014
...d they may come from. To ensure the best graduate outcomes students need up-to-date information and experience of labour market opportunities, particularly as it relates to different local labour markets. 4. We need to boost the National Careers Service by ensuring it is well resourced to work in partnership with HEIs, schools and employers. Effective careers Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG) requires a joined up approach, which can keep pace... Read more »

University Alliance Awards

Published on May 30, 2020
...access on premise pc’s. iMac’s were a good solution as they came with built-in wi-fi, therefore minimising cost for users and a slick process delivered a quick turn-around time. This terminals were then offered to students who had no alternative to collect, or after the loack-down date many were delivered to student homes using couriers. This work demonstrates a termination to deliver needed resources whilst challenging to the status quo, a passio... Read more »

2020 reviewed by our networks

Published on December 17, 2020
...ulum for over 35 undergraduate and postgraduate creative courses across to online provision within five days of national lockdown.” Mark Jackson, Director of Design & Digital, University of South Wales. The move to online learning presented challenges in ensuring access to IT equipment and the need to overcome digital disadvantage for learners, and in response Alliance universities delivered huge investments in digital infrastructure and support f... Read more »

Universities and cities: Building stronger communities

Published on November 2, 2017
...te by those who have experienced the downsides of globalization. Where well-paid and high-status manufacturing jobs have moved overseas, they have often been replaced by jobs in services, many of which offer low pay and low job security for those at the bottom of the employment food chain. In order to understand better how modern civic universities build stronger communities, we undertook four ‘deep dive’ studies in different parts of England acro... Read more »

Alliance Awards 2021 winners!

Published on June 23, 2021
...p with a local engineering design company to produce a manufacturable point-of-care LAMP device from an earlier prototype. This device has been manufactured in small numbers and demonstrated in the field as an effective test for the Covid-19 virus. Its advantage are its ease of use, speed and effectiveness and its ability to work without the need for laboratory processing. In partnership with the university the team have created a spin-out company... Read more »