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Start Here

I start at UoB at the end of March, 11 weeks, which seems like an eternity. However I have a number of commitments that I have made at Jisc, and feel obliged to see them through.

The first of these is to coordinate the marking of proposals for the BIS FE programme, which has £1m to fund innovative uses of technology. It lines up with a wider BIS initiave FELTAG, which is aiming to encourage a step change in L&T in FE (or to generate some spiffy headlines for Minister Hancock... if you are cynical).

Next is stage 2 of the Jisc Coursedata programme which is using Hefce capital funds to support improvements to University course data handling. The work here initially consists of building on work done with Hediip which identified a need for useful vocabularies. Funding roll out to Unis to review and improve their course data handling will follow, and there's also some work around supporting data agregators, like Graduate Prospects, and the British Council.

On a seperate note I'm presenting at the British Council on the 21st to what used to be the Learning World Forum (when we ran it under the auspices of Becta), and now has some other fancy title. I'm talking about starting, and building a community to provide peer support for those planning learning technology interventions, this is based on the work done with the FE Champions programme, which started back in the last millenium and is still going strong.

Thirdly, I'm working on sessions for the Jisc Digifest, my last hoorah, which takes place on the 11th and 12th March in Brum (I think). There's a number of session submissions I have in the pipeline, and as a staffer I'll be helping man stands, chair sessions and such like.

Finally I have a number of "open" projects that I need to hand over and reports to finalise.

So that's me. reasonably busy, looking forward to starting at UoB, saddened by the thought of leaving my old team.