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PA Consulting: UK universities are lagging behind in the global innovation race

PA Consulting: UK universities are lagging behind in the global innovation race | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it
PA's Higher Education Survey 2015 reveals how UK universities compare against their global competitors.

University education around the world is facing pressures for reform from multiple directions. Student demands for more flexible and cheaper study options, new technologies challenging traditional teaching models and competition from new providers are all shifting the status quo. A wave of game-changing innovations from universities and other providers around the world that are redefining the experience of higher education (HE) for millions of learners. Will the UK university system be able to maintain its reputation for world-class education against these challenges?

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The main focus of this report (UK) may be a bit parochial, but the issues are universal for global higher education with conclusions that are nicely provocative! 

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Young’s, Sainsbury’s, Seafish on board for new Scottish fisheries body | Undercurrent News

Young’s, Sainsbury’s, Seafish on board for new Scottish fisheries body | Undercurrent News | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

Young’s, Sainsbury’s and Seafish are among the founding members of a new Scottish organization due to launch later in June.

Fisheries Innovation Scotland (FIS) is intended as a non-profit-distributing organization with the remit of bringing together the Scottish fisheries sector (capture, processing and retail) with government and scientists.

 

Its stated purpose is to spearhead an “on-going program of research, knowledge exchange and education”, one of the funding bodies, Seafish, toldUndercurrent News.

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This is an interesting and welcome development in Scotland

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Scottish Government - An Assessment of the Benefits to Scotland of Aquaculture

Scottish Government - An Assessment of the Benefits to Scotland of Aquaculture | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

A New independent report shows the Scottish aquaculture industry ‘provides considerable benefits for fragile economic areas’  contributing up to £1.4 billion to Scottish economy.


"The report commissioned by Marine Scotland and the Highlands and Islands Enterprise has been published by Imani and SRSL. 


The economic benefits from the industry are wide ranging and are felt across Scotland including areas that are not traditionally associated with it such as the Central Belt.


The report estimates that if the 2020 industry production target of 223,000 tonnes is met it could have a turn-over value of £2 billion to the Scottish economy and support 10,000 jobs.


Other findings include:

Direct production alone contributed a turn-over of at least £550 million to the Scottish economy and 2,800 jobs in 2012Including added income across the country the industry is currently estimated to contribute a turn-over of £1.4 billion and 8,000 jobs in ScotlandSignificant improvements have been made to the environmental impact of the industry and compares well with other animal production industriesQuality and high value is Scottish aquaculture’s trump card"
John Bostock's insight:

This may be a bit parochial, but a welcome study on the Scottish Aquaculture Industry that will provide good insight into the industry and economic factors for all students of aquaculture

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Aquaculture UK 2014 - Entries Open for "Young Scientist Award"

Aquaculture UK 2014 - Entries Open for "Young Scientist Award" | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

Entries invited for the Novartis Young Scientist Award to be held on  Wednesday 28th May 2014 at Aquaculture UK 2014.

 

Novartis Animal Health (NAH) is to recognize the best student presentation at this year’s conference, with a “Young Scientist Award” and an expenses paid trip to its Prince Edward Island (PEI), Canada, dedicated Aquaculture Research & Development site.  Whilst in Canada, the student will meet leading NAH scientists, and have the opportunity to learn about fish vaccines, novel pharmaceutical developments and revolutionary new technologies in fish health.  A visit to the Atlantic Veterinary College at the University of Prince Edward Island, where the Novartis Chair of Fish Health is based, is also on the itinerary.


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If you are currently conducting, or have recently completed university student research in aquaculture and are able to participate in the conference, this is an opportunity you should grasp!

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John Bostock's curator insight, February 23, 2014 1:43 PM

This is a great opportunity, especially for research students with an interest in aquatic animal health!

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Bryozoans: a one-day workshop | Marine Biological Association of the UK

Bryozoans: a one-day workshop | Marine Biological Association of the UK | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it
Bryozoans: a one-day workshop. Marine Biological Association of the UK. http://t.co/OvH2w9MQUb
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Winning the global race? Jobs, skills and the importance of vocational education | IPPR

Winning the global race? Jobs, skills and the importance of vocational education | IPPR | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it
This briefing paper analyses the latest projections on the changing shape of the jobs market in the UK to presents a more complex picture of the skills needs of our economy.

In their desire to ‘win the global race’, policymakers have focused on increasing the number of graduates in the economy. However, winning the race will require more than simply expanding general higher education.

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A timely report highlighting the need for greater focus and support for vocational education in the UK

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Aquaculture - Conferences - Oceanology International

Aquaculture - Conferences - Oceanology International | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

For the first time, the Oceanology International 2014 conference included a conference on aquaculture, reflecting the growing importance of this industry...

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Presentations at this UK conference have been published online, providing a useful overview of current issues and prospects for further aquaculture development.

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Learning and teaching experiences in transnational education

Learning and teaching experiences in transnational education | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

The UK Higher Education Academy (HEA) has announced the publication of two new reports focusing on the quality of learning and teaching in transnational education (TNE); one focusing on the student perspective (commissioned from the National Union of Students (NUS)) and the other focusing on the perspective of UK staff leading or delivering TNE, led by the HEA.

John Bostock's insight:

Timely publications looking at the growth in transnational tertiary education and issues that need to be addressed. 

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Scottish Fishermen’s Federation Launches New Website | Aquaculture Directory

Scottish Fishermen’s Federation Launches New Website | Aquaculture Directory | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it
The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) is launching a new website that will provide a true reflection of commercial fishing in Scotland and counter the inaccurate and negative portrayal of the industry that has become prominent in recent years.

Via Aquaculturedirectory
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A welcome initiative from the capture fisheries sector to improve communications and public understanding

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UK enters online university race

UK enters online university race | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it
The UK's biggest online university project is being launched, with a partnership of more than 20 universities offering free courses.
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Whatever you think of MOOCs, momentum is growing and every institution and provider of higher education courses will need to factor them into their strategy.

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