Friday, 20 November 2009

Times Higher Education signed with Thomson Reuters for World University Rankings

Times Higher Education will make use of Thomson Reuters (Web of Science) data. Full press release "New data partner for World University Rankings" at:§ioncode=26

Thursday, 5 November 2009

E-learning SIG: Technology enhanced learning – sharing innovations

10th December 2009,
Manchester Metropolitan University

The Centre for Learning and Teaching at Manchester Metropolitan University and the Higher Education Academy Physical Sciences Centre are jointly organising an e-learning special interest group meeting to showcase some examples of innovation in e-learning. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from people actively engaging in e-learning innovation and will hear about the current drive to Open Educational Resources (OER).

For more details and to register online, please see the website:

Teaching problem solving: Beyond the single piece jigsaw

17th February 2010,
University of Edinburgh

A range of speakers including representation from the secondary sector will present their views and case studies of practices going on around the UK. the workshop is organised jointly by the IOP Higher Education Group (HEG) and the Physical Sciences Centre.

For more details (incl how to contribute short case study presentations) and to register online, please see the website:

There is no registration fee for this meeting for those working in UK HE.

OER - Legal Matters - Webcast

Thursday, 5 November 2009 - 2pm to 4pm

to highlight and clarify relevant legal issues pertaining to the creation and dissemination of Open Educational Resources

More details are available here:

Will be available to view afterwards from the link to the webcast site from above URL.

JISC-legal will be presenting at the:
Open Learning Conference in Nottingham on the 25 November 2009.

Wednesday, 4 November 2009

RIN ejournal survey - Amazon vouchers

Researchers at University College London are undertaking a major study on the use of e-journals at a number of universities, including the University of Edinburgh. The first phase of the study analysed usage data from the ScienceDirect and Oxford Journals databases, and the results raised a number of interesting questions as to how scholars seek and use information.

The next phase examines user behaviour in more detail, focussing on the following subject areas:

-Chemical Engineering
-Earth sciences (geology, geophysics, planetary sciences)
-Life sciences (including agricultural, veterinary and biological)

If you are carrying out research in any of these subject areas we hope you will be able to complete a short (10 to 15 minutes) online survey. There is a prize draw for Amazon vouchers......

Direct to the survey

Intermediate Edinburgh University Library information page

Closes end of November.

Inspiring Teaching

11 November 2009
[EUSA with the University's support]
Teviot Building, Bristo Square

possible to attend either for the morning (11.00-1.45)
or the afternoon sessions (12.45-3.30).
or the walk-around displays by Schools (12:45-13:45 with lunch).

Contributions from EUSA 2009 Teaching Awards winners and nominees

Staff and students wishing to register for the Conference can register for the morning or afternoon sessions at:

Poster Presentations - Designing Effective Posters

A webguide maintained by University at Buffalo's Arts & Sciences Library staff.

It "provides an inventory of print and Internet-based resources for guidance and instruction for the presentation of scientific and technical information in the form of a poster presentation".

Tuesday, 3 November 2009

JISC sponsored Roadshow - e-Research: 'What is it and how can it help me?

Tuesday 17 November 2009,
09:30 - 14:00,
Priorslee Hall, Telford Campus, University of Wolverhampton.
Free to attend

This JISC - sponsored roadshow, for researchers and those providing IT support services, will introduce the concept of e-Research and some of the tools, along with case studies from practitioners in various disciplines.

Places are limited.

To book your place please visit :