Category Archives: Benefits Realisation

BR Validation Assembly, 17 May 2011

The University of Derby Corporate offered a very pleasant venue (and some fabulous food, including sausage and bacon breakfast rolls) for our Validation assembly for the SAMSON BR work. There was an impressive turnout, around 37 attendees including University of Derby and Nottingham staff, representatives from local FE colleges and employers and a sprinkling of JISC staff. Andrew Hartley from the University of Derby outlined the current funding situation and the likely (but as yet unconfirmed) position on part-time students, followed by a panel discussion bringing in Mike Ryan from Castle College, Nottingham, and Angela Dean from the University of Derby. Funding Presentation.ppt Kirstie Coolin and Ben Sams demonstrated the PebblePad based technology used in the SAMSON BR work at Derby Validation_AssemblyUoD_17th_May_2011_KC+BS.ppt , then Brian Counter (tutor to the pilot students) showcased the work based around the use of PebblePad with Foundation Degree students. Two of the students talked about their work and showcased their workbased project (on hot rolled asphalt) which was developed using PebblePad. BC Pebblepad May 17th Event v2.ppt In the afternoon Angela Smallwood from the University of Nottingham led a workshop session inviting participants to contribute their ideas about the potential of technology to support workbased learning in a variety of situations. This was punctuated by a session by Jane Bullivant from the Institute of Civil Engineers showing how the MICE professional qualification has been incorportated into the Derby FD course. Embed Tech Programme April 2011 v2.ppt

Benefits Realisation

Apologies for the lack of news from us but we’ve been busy working away on the last few aspects of the project. One additional part of this is the benefits realisation work we have been funded to do by JISC in collaboration with Staffordshire University. We have been looking at their APEL policy, drawing it [...]

Benefits Realisation: Reports from completed projects

The benefits realisation activities funded 12 months ago are starting to report on what they have achieved.  Four further projects submitted final reports. These reports are a good opportunity for others to discover the sort of activities that can lead to wider benefits for the sector.
The EdShare project at the University of Southampton set out [...]

BR Funding Freeze

Many of you will be aware that future funding under the JISC Capital Funding programmes has been frozen, for further details see
This is likely to include any further benefits realisation funding under the Institutional Innovations programme. Funding for existing benefits realisation projects is not affected as far as we know.
Until we have more information we [...]

Eligible Partner Institutions

I have been asked to clarify who can be included as partner institutions within BR projects. I refer back to the original Circular for the programme which stated elibiliity for funding as: 
“Higher Education (HE) Institutions funded by HEFCE or HEFCW.  FE institutions in England that teach HE to more than 400 FTEs are also eligible [...]

TAG Benefits Realisation Project

The TAG benefits realisation project is about to get started and will be building a resource to support other institutions to develop student led Alternative Guides. The project will run until May 2010, and be led by Lucy Warman from UCLAN.
The resource called “GetTAGged” that will support institutions to embed the resources and processes of [...]

Final call for benefits realisation ideas

The final invitation for ideas for benefits realisation funding has been issued today. Full details are available from
The inivitation has rolling monthly deadlines, up to June 2010. The funding must be allocated by the end of June and if possble much earlier so get you ideas in before the money runs out (which it [...]

BR Rolling Invitation

Projects in the Institutional Innovations Programme are invited to submit ideas for Benefits Realisation projects as a rolling invitation at anytime up to June 2010. We will still be offering deadlines as an incentive for you to submit ideas.
We are especially interested in ideas that will feed into the next phase of benefits realisation activities, [...]

Benefits Realisation Ideas Funded

We are pleased to have received 11 ideas for benefits realisation projects from the phase 1b invitation in July. We are progressing all of the ideas received into projects under benefits realisations. So far five of these have been developed to a point where funding has been agreed. A brief overview of the funded is [...]

Update and FAQ

There have been several questions relating to submitting ideas, so I thought it woudl be worth sharing these with everyone.
Q. Can a project submit more than one idea?
A. Yes you can submit multiple ideas/proposals. It would be better if you discusssed these in advance with someone from the support team. It is unlikely that more [...]

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