12. Congratulations Mobile Oxford!

Photo of award being given to Mobile Oxford manager

The UCISA 2010 Award for Excellence, sponsored by Eduserv, has been won by the University of Oxford’s Mobile Oxford project. The submission focused on the development of mobile applications information services to the staff and students of the University as well as services for the general public in Oxford.

Presentaion of the award outside OUCS. Left to right: Peter Tinson - UCISA Executive Secretary, Tim Fernando - Technical Project Manager, OUCS, Stephen Butcher - CEO Eduserv, Stuart Lee - Director of Computing Services and Systems, OUCS

12.1. How JISC reported the award:

Two JISC-funded projects which make life easier for students have won accolades this week as examples of international good practice.

Sarah Porter, head of innovation at JISC, said: “Good use of innovative technology can have a positive impact on the way students perceive an institution and on their learning experience. We are delighted to see innovation being recognised and anticipate that other universities will glean useful findings and inspiration from these JISC projects.”

Photo of Stuart Lee with award

A clever mobile app which gives University of Oxford staff, students and city residents real-time transport information, find local amenities and leisure facilities has won the 2010 UCISA Higher Education Award for Excellence sponsored by Eduserv.

Photo of the UCISA award

Mobile users can also find books by library location, access the University’s iTunes U podcast catalogue and get notifications when their exam results are released.

On hearing of the Mobile Oxford success, Dr Stuart Lee, director of computing systems and services, commented: “We are thrilled at Oxford to receive such an award as it shows that our work has been valued by our peers. We hope that this leads to more people looking at the free source code behind the project, and would like to thank JISC and the funders within the University for allowing us to take this innovative service forward.”

The other project to win an award was a JISC project at the University of Newcastle which received US acclaim for allowing students flexible and detailed control over access to their personal information on the web.

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