First Minister Rhodri Morgan and Education Minister Jane Hutt have praised the work of staff and students at Trinity College Carmarthen following the grant of university college title to Trinity by the Privy Council. This means that Trinity will now be known as Trinity University College/ Coleg Prifysgol Y Drindod.

Trinity College was awarded taught degree awarding powers by the Privy Council in December 2008 which enables Trinity University College to award its own degrees as well as those of the University of Wales. The First Minister said: “I want to offer my warmest congratulations to everyone at Trinity University College.  This is a great achievement for Trinity.  It is a recognition of the progress the College has made and the maturing of the institution as a whole.”

Read more in Trinity press release and Welsh Assembly press release

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If you’re already using tools like Twitter, YouTube and Google Apps, Netskills would like to hear about your experiences with them and would value any advice you have for new users.

Netskills is writing a series of JISC guides to emergent web technologies for researchers, teachers and administrators. These guides are being written for new users, perhaps considering using web 2.0 tools for the first time.  

To help make this guide as relevant to the community as possible, please share your thoughts via this form: http://twurl.cc/ebb

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Case Study: Search Engine Optimisation impact on Organisation’s Websites
JISC is looking for three organisations, ideally a University Archive, Museum or Library, to take part in a Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) case study as part of its Strategic Content Alliance initiative.

To propose your organisation, simply send an e-mail with your organisation’s name, website address, a contact name and a contact phone number to Stuart Dempster at s.dempster@jisc.ac.uk by February 11.

What is Search Engine Optimisation (SEO)?
Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) is a process that aims to increase the visibility of a website in important search engines like Google.
For further information, click on this link: http://sca.jiscinvolve.org/

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The annual Horizon Report for 2009 profiles six key emerging technologies for higher education. These are – mobile devices, cloud computing, geo-everything, the personal web, semantic-aware applications and smart objects.

To link to the press release and download the full report: http://www.nmc.org/pdf/PR-2009-Horizon-Report.pdf

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The Times Higher Education’s annual Student Experience Survey highlights a host of institutions bent on making the university experience first rate in every way.  Welsh institutions scored very well, taking three of the top 15 places. Aberystwyth University (eighth) led the field ahead of Swansea University (tenth) and Bangor University (15th).

The story and links to the tables are here:
http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/story.asp?sectioncode=26&storycode=404989&c=2

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LILAC 2009 (The Librarians Information Literacy Annual Conference) will take place in Wales this year. The venue is Cardiff University, and the dates are 30 March to 1 April 2009.

This years conference themes are as follows:
* Inquiry based learning and IL
* Emerging technologies
* Information literacy for life
* Supporting research

Booking is now open: http://www.lilacconference.com/dw/index.html

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The Archives Hub Collection of the Month highlights The Welsh in Patagonia, a look at the founding of a Welsh-speaking settlement in Argentina in the mid-19th century. Elen Wyn Simpson, Assistant Archivist at Bangor University, has provided an introduction to the highlighted collections, and four striking photographs of the settlers. There are also links to related websites and some suggested reading.
http://www.archiveshub.ac.uk/jan09.shtml and http://www.archiveshub.ac.uk/jan09cym.shtml

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JISC’s annual review is now online. It documents a year of activity and accomplishment in JISC’s key spheres of interest. Including podcast interviews with outgoing Chair Sir Ron Cooke and JISC Executive Secretary Dr Malcolm Read, it also features an image gallery and a Year in View providing highlights of JISC’s work during the 2007-2008 academic year. 
http://www.jisc.ac.uk/aboutus/annualreview/2008.aspx

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As the findings of the final research assessment exercise are released, you will find results, analysis and reaction at:
http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/story.asp?sectioncode=26&storycode=404786&c=2 and http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/rae

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An interesting report, Devolution and higher education: impact and future trends, has just been published by think tank Universities UK. The 60 page document critically examines the impact of political devolution on higher education policy. It compares the experiences and impact of the system in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Topics covered include the effect upon student participation rates, cross-border movements of students and the impact of the different financial regimes of university tuition fees upon student numbers and social backgrounds in the different regions.
http://www.universitiesuk.ac.uk/Publications/Bookshop/Documents/
DevolutionAndHE.pdf

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