Thursday, 26 June 2008

You're fired...

Seem to have spent a lot of time in the IC this week. Had the privilege today of showing the CEO of Viglen - one of our main PC suppliers - round. Interesting to spend time discussing PC design, and some of the issues we have with security, cable management, USB slots etc. Really pleasing to see that they take these sort of concerns seriously and are coming up with innovative solutions and designs. Of course it was also fun to discuss his recent appearance on The Apprentice. I'm waiting for my signed photo of Sir Alan.....

This afternoon was another in the series of half days having a good look at how we in the professional services work together to provide support - today was the student experience. Similar format to the research session yesterday - PESTLE analysis, gap analysis, and a look at where we add value by working collaboratively. Lots more discussion about resources today, and the importance of investment in the learning and teaching infrastructure including library resources, IT, and teaching and learning spaces and facilities.

2 comments:

Chris Barran said...

Seems we always talk about staff working collaboratively, either academic or administrative but what about students working collaboratively across disciplines. Maybe they already do. But it seems to me it might prepare them better for the real world :-)

As anyone who watches the Apprentice can see it is how you deal with people who have a different perspective to you that can make or break a project.

Chris Murray said...

In the 2008-09 academic year a new module "Experiencing Genesys" (http://tinyurl.com/5ppcru) is available to Sheffield students from all disciplines. The idea is to have students from a range of disciplines, not just Computer Science, working collaboratively at the Genesys IT company. I expect this will be some excellent preparation for the real world!