CoSector Blog

Britain could face Brexit 'brain drain'

A report has been published today by The Education Committee which says that the government "must provide guarantees to university staff from the EU and design a new immigration system that better meets the needs of higher education."

Apr 25, 2017

Topic: Higher Education

Exciting times for Hydra: introducing Hyku

 My first post for CoSector back in January talked about Hydra and all the various opportunities offered by the software and community. Since then I’ve been spending my time prototyping and planning for what CoSector’s first dip into Hydra would...

Apr 21, 2017

Topic: IT and Digital, Repositories

The pros and cons of proposed two-year undergraduate degrees

Jo Johnson, Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation, recently suggested the UK introduce two-year ‘fast track’ degrees. Here we look at the pros and cons of the idea, and decide whether ultimately it is a good or bad...

Apr 20, 2017

Topic: Higher Education

Why higher education needs to innovate the student experience

What we are currently seeing for student experience in education is not innovation, but gradual improvement: the fine tuning of learning through staff training and the improvement of online learning tools. But is this gradual improvement enough?...

Apr 10, 2017

Topic: Higher Education, IT and Digital

We spoke to an IT security expert to understand how phishing works

This week we spoke to Steve Terrill, IT Security & Business Continuity Manager, to really get to grips with how phishing works. For example, why do phishing emails get past the spam filter, and what can fraudsters actually access if you do click...

Apr 05, 2017

Topic: Cyber Security, Higher Education, IT and Digital

What we learned from the Landlord Forum 2017

Yesterday we hosted our annual Landlord Forum at Senate House. The event was well attended, thanks in no small part to the engaging programme of presentations that this year’s speakers had prepared for us. 

Apr 03, 2017

Topic: Housing

The Royal Navy to hold cyber war game - weekly cyber security news round-up

Your weekly cyber security news round-up includes accidental sharing of sensitive data and a big cyber war game....

Mar 31, 2017

Topic: Cyber Security, IT and Digital

The meaning of curation: data curation

Unlike the meaning of the term archive, I think curation is a 'doing' word that describes the actions of an information professional working with content or resources. The term has been applied to many sectors recently, and I sense its meaning...

Mar 29, 2017

Topic: Digital Preservation, Research Data

How Bloom VLE makes this long distance course a unique experience

The course was launched in 2014, and they've grown from nothing to over 150 active students within two years. 

Mar 27, 2017

Topic: Bloom VLE, Higher Education, IT and Digital

Two-factor authentication for Instagram and a clash with Google - your weekly cyber news round-up

This week it appears that security firm Symantec have done something to upset Google, and Instagram have finally adopted a more secure strategy, 

Mar 24, 2017

Topic: Cyber Security, IT and Digital