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Mind the gap report – Aston University case study

Published on October 13, 2015 to pursue their academic studies. The majority of teaching is delivered online in a Virtual Learning Environment with recorded lectures, online tutorials with video links and consultation sessions. A small number of on-campus sessions are used to introduce 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 intensi... Read more »

Digital Technologies in Teaching and Learning

Published on October 24, 2013
...n.” Part of this indecision is due to confusion between Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and more traditional forms of online learning. But there are important differences between the two. For a start, MOOCs have so far been operating from a separate platform with ‘star’ lecturers used to entice participants (David Attenborough is a voice on one of the FutureLearn MOOCs, for example). This compares to more traditional online learning whic... Read more »

Global impact

Published on March 9, 2021
...line 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 research has also given rise to essential guidelines that assist agencies in tackli... 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
...s to this new way of working. We also need to overcome the perception that online teaching is less valuable, and cheaper than face-to-face teaching – predominately underpinned by the traditional model of a student studying full time and living in halls. It goes against what is happening at many Alliance universities (pre-pandemic), where more than half of students commute from home, balancing studying with work and other responsibilities. Fo... Read more »

University Alliance Awards

Published on May 30, 2020
...gether from all parts of the university to support the NHS and Social Care Services across Bristol and the South West of England. From the Porters to the Professors; the Cleaners and Caters to the Vice-Chancellor and University Executive to the Professional and Technical Services. Together, with our NHS and Social Care Partners, Kier Construction and the British Army we have delivered the UWE Bristol Nightingale Hospital – a 300 bed fully ventilat... 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 suppo... Read more »

New report challenges outdated perspective on ‘good’ universities

Published on May 14, 2014
...then links between education and the needs of the economy and to offer the best opportunities to their students and graduates, whatever background 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 partners... Read more »

Universities and cities: Building stronger communities

Published on November 2, 2017
...sses and jobs themselves. This mutual approach has the potential to ensure best utilization of the skills we generate, and best value for the resources invested in that effort. Because the approach is rooted in partnership, it cannot be imposed or effectively implemented by central government alone. Central government can provide a framework, and key foundations such as national finance and qualifications systems, but devolution is fundamental to... Read more »

Engaging employers

Published on October 30, 2017
...tudents, embraced this research opportunity. He said: “It was probably the best experience I could have received for my career…it’s about creativity, persistence, and patience. These are traits which you cannot express in any other way except through working with your peers.” Footnotes 4 HESA’s UK Performance Indicators 2015/16: Employment of leavers This essay has been extracted from our publication, Technical and Professional Excellence: P... Read more »