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Misco roundup – Higher Education

Misco roundup – Higher Education
19th August 2016

by Rummi Choudhury

Universities are a hub of research and, consequently, their innovation can provide organisations with the perfect collaboration partner.

University of Surrey and Digital Greenwich join forces for 5G smart city tests

In order to drive future smart cities innovation, the University of Surrey's 5G Innovation Centre (5GIC) has partnered with Digital Greenwich, Computer Weekly reports.

The partnership will use 5GIC as the technological foundation on which Digital Greenwich builds test beds and trials commercial smart city technologies.

As populations grow, future challenges could arise in transport, health, energy and the built environment, so the Royal Borough of Greenwich and Digital Greenwich are investigating how the council could implement "smarter" ways to cope with these potential issues.

Director of 5GIC and the Institute of Communication Systems, Rahim Tafazolli, said: "Fundamental to next-generation smart city applications is the creation of a robust communications systems.

"Working with Digital Greenwich will enable 5GIC to develop systems targeted at multiple use cases in a city context.

"The partnership will also provide the foundation to drive standardised solutions for all of the UK to benefit from the technology."

Leader of Greenwich council, Denise Hyland, added: "I am confident that this engagement will help strengthen our economy and deliver the best possible services to Greenwich businesses and residents."

To deliver "smart" resource-efficient, low-carbon, healthy and liveable neighbourhoods in a city, the partnership will use facilities and expertise at the University of Surrey in Guildford and Greenwich.

UK universities leading the way with student welcome apps

The University of Edinburgh and the University of St Andrews will be using welcome apps for students this September, according to Education Technology.

The apps will be provided by the leading mobile app specialist, Guidebook, to provide all the necessary information for new students in a simple and easy-to-use app. The app will help students find their way around as well as which lectures and events to attend.

Each app has been designed for the two universities' unique requirements.

This will be the third consecutive year that Guidebook has helped the University of Edinburgh's induction team to create a student app to help provide a cohesive Welcome Week events programme for new students starting in September this year.

Meanwhile, a Guidebook app for student induction will be used by the University of St Andrews for the second year running. The mobile app specialist is helping the university to provide a unique mobile app to support its student orientation programme.

But Guidebook isn't just being used by these two universities. Royal Holloway uses a Guidebook app for its open days, while a mobile app has been used by Oxford University's Saïd Business School to cover all areas of its Executive MBA programme since last year.

According to Guidebook, other universities are following suit, working on apps for welcome weeks in 2016 and 2017.

University of Westminster and Arkivum launch digital strategy

Whilst universities are hubs for research and innovation, they also accrue collections of records and artefacts.

In today's digital age, institutions are now looking for ways to digitally preserve these collections, University Business reports.

This digital approach has resulted in the University of Westminster selecting Arkivum's Perpetua solution as the basis for its digital preservation strategy.

The University boasts a 175-year-old collection of historical records collected from its predecessor institutions and from donated materials.

As a result, the institution required a cost-effective, state-of-the-art, and end-to-end solution to safeguard, preserve and provide global access to its digital and digitised collections.

The University of Westminster will be the first customer to use Arkivum's new Perpetua offering consisting of a digital preservation and access solution that has the capabilities of being deployed as either cloud-based or on site.

Arkivum is a spinout from the University of Southampton and has had helped UK universities implement their digital preservation strategies, currently working with one in two of the UK's top 60 universities.

Industry demand for IT graduates remain

Following 'A' Level results day, it seems demand continues for IT graduates, as Huffington Post discusses.


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