Discover and share good practice for smarter working universities

Developing the next generation – Brunel University

A guidance and good practice resource for the leadership development of early career researchers and academics, based on a research project funded by the Leadership Foundation's Innovation and Transformation Fund.

CREST – Consortium for Research Excellence, Support and Training

Provides an innovative model for how to further research excellence and promote institutional and interdisciplinary collaboration.
David Jennings, ocTel Project Manager

Using technology to innovate: new MOOC from the Association for Learning Technology

The Association for Learning Technology (ALT) and its members organised a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) earlier in 2013 to help managers and teachers use technology in Higher Education.
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ESISS: sharing information security expertise

Universities reap the benefits when information security expertise is shared ‘by the sector for the sector’, reports Dr Andrew Rothwell of Loughborough University’s Centre for Global Sourcing and Services. He talks to Matthew Cook, Ian Griffiths and Peter Darby about the Education Shared Information Security Service (ESISS) as a shared service.

Model letter of agreement – equipment loans

Model letter of agreement for equipment loans between institutions, developed jointly by Cambridge University and the Association of University Practitioners.

Scotland’s efficiency programme hits its targets early

Scotland's higher education efficiency programme has fulfilled almost all of its targets, just two years into a three-year plan.

Sharing IT services and the law – Jisc Legal

Includes contractual implications, sharing personal data, ownership and Freedom of Information.
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Sharing research equipment boosts industry in the north

The N8 Research Partnership has improved and updated its equipment-sharing database. This will make it easier to share apparatus from the region’s most research-intensive universities. Nick Goldspink, interim co-director at N8, explains how the database's improvements will be a massive step forward to academics and to Northern industry, saving money, boosting efficiency and aiding research.

Financial X-ray

Helps cost IT services in research and education institutions.

Implementation of Cost-Sharing Exemption in Universities

N8 universities have been working towards utilisation of the VAT Cost-Sharing Exemption (CSE) for sharing of equipment through the development of an approved Cost Sharing Group (CSG) model. By using an existing shared asset - N8 high performance computing - as a model facility for setting up a CSG, the N8 hoped to demonstrate its value and viability.