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Opening more than minds…

Student Richard Duffy outside House of Lords

On Thursday 20th June 2018 Open University student Richard Duffy was invited to the launch event for the Institute of Coding at the Peers’ Dining Room in the House of Lords in London and provided us with this reaction to his day there.

I felt truly honoured to be invited to a prestigious event. I was also honoured to speak with many academics, council members, and other senior staff from universities partnered with the Institute of Coding. It was beneficial to be able to promote the Open University to very important people and speak out about the challenges, joys, and experience of being an Open University Student and advocating the Open University.

Over the past nine months I have been working closely with the Computing and Communications Board of Studies as a Central Committee Representative to feedback student issues directly to the board and ensuring that a student voice is heard by the school. Being a volunteer opens more than just minds, it literally opens doors for you.

In closing I would like to say that the Institute of Coding is an important institution, it brings together universities for a common aim of furthering technical education throughout academic circles within the United Kingdom. The aims of the Institute are admirable, and it is rather pleasing to see that there is government support to equip current and future generations to work with forthcoming technologies. Finally, I would like to thank the Head of School Professor Bandara and the Director of Teaching Dr Morse for inviting me to the event. move and future generations will be equipped to work with forthcoming technologies.

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The Open University is the UK’s largest university, a world leader in flexible part-time education combining a mission to widen access to higher education with research excellence, transforming lives through education. Our research underpins the teaching we deliver to some 200,000 students as the UK’s largest university. Nearly three quarters (72%) of Open University research was assessed as world-leading or internationally excellent in the UK Research Excellence Framework 2014.

Uniquely we operate within the four nations of the UK, with nation offices in Belfast, Cardiff and Edinburgh as well as regional offices in England and our head office in Milton Keynes.

All of our roles play a key part in our students’ journey. We have a range of exciting opportunities for ambitious academics and researchers, as well as top class teaching and professional services roles. We offer a dynamic, inter-disciplinary research culture where academics and researchers can work creatively.

Lecturer in Computing and Communications

Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
£32,548 – £38,833, Ref: 15087
Based in Milton Keynes
Application closing date: Monday 12 November, 2018 – 12:00.

You will be a member of the Open University team, comprising academics and technology specialists in data science, cyber security, learning analytics and distributed ledger technologies, who are leading the “University Learners” theme of the Institute of Coding (https://instituteofcoding.open.ac.uk/).  The Institute is a hugely exciting new national venture to try to address the digital skills gap: equipping learners of all disciplines to fulfil their potential in the digital economy and meet employment needs. You will be a key part of the development and of the OU’s contributions to this initiative.

You will be a major contributor to the design and trial of a world-class infrastructure to support the teaching at a distance of a variety of Computing subjects, including data science, programming, cyber security and robotics. The infrastructure will allow the easy creation and update of virtual environments with the necessary software for each module, integrate with the teaching materials and learning analytics on the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), and allow students to work synchronously with peers and tutors in an online programming lab.

You will work with academic colleagues, and with the teams in IT and the STEM Faculty that maintain the IT and VLE infrastructure, developed the award-winning OpenSTEM Labs (https://ounews.co/science-mct/openstem-labs-wins-outstanding-digital-innovation-of-the-year-award/) and the OU’s learning analytics platform.

You will have a passion for technology-enhanced teaching of Computing and Communications and for developing any necessary technology, in addition to having expertise in a particular Computing and Communications subject.

For more information about the post visit: http://www.open.ac.uk/about/employment/vacancies/lecturer-computing-and-communications-15087