Your views on University data

combine-229114_640We have had the following request for participation in a student focus group.

Dear students,
You are invited to participate in a group interview to share your understanding and opinions about the university’s use of your personal and educational data to provide services and support to you. The interviews will last for an hour, and you will be paid £10 cash for your time and commitment (distance learning students will receive £10 Amazon gift vouchers). The process will be audio and video recorded for the purpose of research analysis. Any information collected from the interview will be kept confidential and the use of it for academic publications will remain anonymous.
The interview is organised by the SHEILA (Support Higher Education to Integrate Learning Analytics) project team, and it will be used as an input for the development of the university policy for learning analytics. More information about their project, please refer to:

Interview time and locations:
Undergraduate students from the College of Science & Engineering: 11am-12pm, 20 February, Hodgson room, Weir Building, King’s Buildings
Undergraduate students from the College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences: group A: 1.30pm-2.30pm, 21 February, Informatics Forum, Room 1.16/ group B: 3pm-4pm, 21 February, Informatics Forum, Room 1.16
Online-distance learning students from all colleges: 12pm-1pm, 22 February,
Undergraduate students from the College of Medicine & Veterinary Medicine: 1.30pm-2.30pm, 23 February, Informatics Forum, Room 5.02
Postgraduate students from all colleges: 3pm-4pm, 23 February, Informatics Forum, Room 5.02

Sign up here:
There are only 6 places available for each group. Please sign up early and we will get back to you on receipt of the registration.

Yours sincerely,
SHEILA Project Team
Professor Dragan Gasevic (
Professor Jeff Haywood (
Dr Yi-Shan Tsai (

Your courses are now open

512px-half-open_door_to_heaven_4761478827A very happy new year to everyone – here’s hoping for some great beginnings, opportunities and connections.  You can now start to take a peek into what’s ahead in 2017.

Your courses are available in the links on the panel to the left of the page, and the semester starts on Monday 16 January. Remember to read the course guide to find out what you can expect (and what’s expected of you).  The programme handbook has also been updated for the coming semester; there are some important changes to University-wide regulations about extensions.  All of these are available

Last semester’s courses can still be accessed via Moodle or through their direct URLs.

And a big hello to 25 new people starting on IDEL this semester.  We’re all looking forward to meeting you and hope you enjoy your time with us.  You’re joining a vibrant and creative community.


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