SkillsForge signs the University of South Australia

We’re proud to announce our third university client in Australia with the signing of the University of South Australia in Adelaide last month.

Everyone is a winner: Enabling change and impact through a digital HDR candidature management system

A quote about SkillsForge at the up and coming ARMS conference in Hobart in Australia:

“Flinders University, like many other universities, has recently gone through a major restructure. The restructure has created a central HDR management process, from admission, progression and examination, to skills development and partnership being centrally administered by the Office of Graduate Research. To manage this change and ensure the lifecycle of the student is followed, Flinders has recently signed up with SkillsForge. In combination with a number of strategic decisions, such as bringing together experts from the Colleges and updating HDR policy to reflect best practice, this online candidature management tool is enabling us to change the HDR culture. This is being seen through a more streamlined administration process, a responsive and individualised skills training program, a friendly and easy to use interface for both students and supervisors and transparency and clarity in workflows. By enabling a more efficient and productive administration process, we are able to focus our efforts on producing more highly skilled, career ready HDR graduates.”

SkillsForge signs Flinders University

In bad news for South Australian vellum producersFlinders U has introduced the SkillsForge doctoral candidature system, which will save “hundreds of hours of administration over the life of a doctorate.”  Developed at the University of York, the system, among other things; “provides the functionality to reflect, review, record, monitor and report upon postgraduate student progression, skills acquisition and general development activities.”

Dean of Graduate Research Tara Brabazon says in test SkillsForge processed a document which now takes five hours in 2 minutes. “Multiply this across 1000 students several times a year and the savings are massive.”

A University of Warwick video showing the benefits of using SkillsForge

The University of Warwick has kindly produced a video showing some of the benefits of using SkillsForge through the eyes of one of their research students.

To view please click here.

A recently released article in The Institution of Engineering and Technology Partner News Magazine

The University of York’s Department of Electronic Engineering has a strong record of supporting and facilitating several spin-out companies as a result of its interdisciplinary and high-impact, research driven strategies.

One successful example is SkillsForge. In Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) the upskilling of students and staff is a core activity achieved mainly through teaching and learning activities, learning throughout the research journey and general training courses. This process is often underpinned by a skills audit, diagnostic skills testing, personal development planning and periodic review processes. SkillsForge offers a software solution to achieve all of the above, together with attendance monitoring, unlockable digital signatures, data integrity and
protection, and the ability to monitor and report at any level of the institution.

Launched in 2005 as a research project led by Professor Tony Ward, Head of the Department of Electronic
Engineering’s Engineering Management Group, the solution was developed by Jonathan Carr. SkillsForge is now a successful spin-out company with Jonathan holding the position of Chief Technology Officer, and the
system now has a long client list of universities across the UK. SkillsForge also supports multilingual features and thisis evident in its use by the Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships (KESS 2) project led by Bangor University, which involves all the Welsh universities. The installation in this case gives users the option
of selecting English and Welsh.

As an innovative tool designed for managing research progression and development in higher education, SkillsForge
now offers a platform to record and monitor various aspects of PhD research. This includes skills gap identification and reflection, short training course bookings, action plan tracking, draft chapters
and working research paper sharing, development summary transcripts and supervision monitoring throughout the PhD
timeline. All these features fully integrate with the client’s institutional systems and
student record systems.

Across its clients, there are over 160,000 active users of SkillsForge, over 60,000 supervision records and a course is booked on average every 10 seconds. The comprehensive system was recently recognised at the 2017 Educate North & UK Leadership Awards and Conference, where it won the University Entrepreneur’s Challenge Award 2017 and
Innovation Award 2017. SkillsForge retains close ties with its departmental clients, sponsoring undergraduate
final year student projects and promoting advanced university courses to its staff as part of their Continuing
Professional Development.

SkillsForge wins the North East Regional Final of Tech North’s Northern Stars!

On the evening of 5th October, SkillsForge, based at the University of York, won the North East Regional Final of the Tech North Northern Stars competition. The competition is one of the most prestigious tech challenges in the UK.

SkillsForge faced competition from 9 other business pitches and, having won the final, was automatically catapulted into the Grand Final of the Northern Stars which will take place in Manchester on 16th November 2017.

SkillsForge to provide its Postgraduate Researcher Progression Monitoring solution to the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Leading UK higher education software company, SkillsForge, has secured the contract to provide the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine with its Postgraduate Researcher Progression Monitoring solution.

SkillsForge CEO, Gary Fawcett, said: “We work with over 20 universities across the UK and understand that each institute has very different needs and requirements. SkillsForge is a very flexible system that can be bespoked to our client’s requirements easily. Workflows and forms, as well as look and feel and data integration, are generally simple configuration issues for us. This makes SkillsForge very malleable and yet highly cost effective. We are very pleased to win the contract with the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine we are very much looking forward to working with them over the coming years.”

The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine is a world-leading centre for research and postgraduate education in public and global health, with over 4,000 students and more than 1,000 staff working in over 100 countries across the world.

Based at the University of York campus, SkillsForge is a leading provider of course booking and progression monitoring systems to Higher Education Institutions (HEIs). The SkillsForge software as a service solution currently serves in excess of 160,000 HEI users and over 14,000 postgraduate researchers.

For more information visit www.skillsforge.com

The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine is a world-leading centre for research and postgraduate education in public and global health, with more than 4,000 students and 1,000 staff working in over 100 countries. The School is one of the highest-rated research institutions in the UK, is among the world’s leading schools in public and global health, and was named University of the Year in the Times Higher Education Awards 2016. Its mission is to improve health and health equity in the UK and worldwide; working in partnership to achieve excellence in public and global health research, education and translation of knowledge into policy and practice. www.lshtm.ac.uk

SkillsForge wins two awards!

We at SkillsForge are proud to announce that we won two prestigious awards at the recent Educate North & UK Leadership Awards 2017.  The awards were as follows:

  • University Entrepreneurs Challenge Award
  • Innovation Award

“The judges felt that SkillsForge was a leader in this sector. The innovative idea and the way it is executed is truly remarkable.”

The award ceremony was held on Thursday 27th April 2017.

The Educate North & UK Leadership Awards and Conference, in association with The Telegraph Media Group is a prestigious one-day conference and high profile awards event, which celebrates, recognises and shares best practice and excellence in the education sector in the North.

University Entrepreneurs Challenge is a competition to showcase the most innovative, creative and successful businesses to have been incubated and brought to life by the university enterprise sector across the north of England.

SkillsForge secures funding from the European Regional Development Funded Product and Process Innovation (PAPI) project

Leading UK higher education software company, SkillsForge, has secured funding from the European Funded Product and Process Innovation (PAPI) project.  The funding will support the research and purchase of an advanced business intelligence solution that can be integrated with the core SkillsForge product.  This will create improved and new services which will enable growth of SkillsForge’s turnover and staffing levels.

SkillsForge CEO, Gary Fawcett, said: “SkillsForge works with over 20 universities across the UK and there is a clear requirement for ever improving business intelligence requirements.  The funding will enable SkillsForge to meet these requirements for many years to come.”

The PAPI project is funded by the European Regional Development Fund. The PAPI project provides grants for equipment and capital purchases that enable innovation in small businesses in York, North Yorkshire and East Riding. A grant of 40% is available on project spend of between £20k – £50K, which equates to a grant of between £8k and £20k.

Based at the University of York campus, SkillsForge is a leading provider of course booking and progression monitoring systems to Higher Education Institutions (HEIs). The SkillsForge software as a service solution currently serves in excess of 160,000 HEI users and over 14,000 postgraduate researchers.

For more information visit www.skillsforge.com

For more press information, please contact Gary Fawcett, gary.fawcett@york.ac.uk

 European Regional Development Fund

The project is to receive up to £10.4k of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. The Department for Communities and Local Government (and in London the intermediate body Greater London Authority) is the Managing Authority for European Regional Development Fund.

SkillsForge shortlisted for the University Entrepreneurs Challenge Award 2017!

We are pleased to announce that we have been shortlisted for the University Entrepreneurs Challenge, part of the prestigious Educate – North and UK Leadership Awards and Conference 2017.

This event is produced in association with The Telegraph Media Group and is being held at The Hilton Hotel, Deansgate, Manchester on 27th April 2017.

 

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