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We are working from home

Pontydysgu staff are working from home during the Convid 19 crisis. In actuality we have been working from home for many years, initially using skype for meetings and more lately Zoom. We are trying to take as much of our research and project work online as well. Meantime then European Commission has pushed back the […]

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The UK and Erasmus+

I’ve had a lot of questions about the future of the Erasmus Plus programe in the UK. This follows the defeat of an amendment to the government Brexit Bill binding the UK to remain in the Erasmus Plus programme. I am sorry the amendment failed. But not all may be as it seems at first […]

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Black on Neuro

July 29th, 2020 by Graham Attwell

A team of neuroscientists, neuro-engineers, and science communicators has formed to create #BlackInNeuroWeek, a social media initiative aimed at celebrating, amplifying, and supporting Black voices in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math).

The seven-day event, which will run from 27 July – August 2, 2020, will be primarily promoted on Twitter and Instagram from the @BlackInNeuro accounts. Resources, recorded talks and a database of Black In Neuro scientists will be archived at BlackInNeuro.com.

What is Artificial Intelligence

July 27th, 2020 by Graham Attwell

What is artificial intelligence? from Nesta UK on Vimeo.

This video is from Nesta in the UK. Nesta say: ”

The choices we make now about how AI is steered and directed will shape the lives of future generations. Many institutions are focussed on developing the technology, but very few are attending to the human, social and public dimensions of AI in a serious way. This is where Nesta is focusing its work, bringing together research and practical programmes to explore the potential of AI as a force for social good – from research into global trends in AI, to experiments that combine human and machine intelligence.”

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Evolving Education and Careers: Share, Learn and Transform

August 3rd, 2020 by Graham Attwell

The job markets were already looking problematic at the start of the year. Researchers and policy makers alike were warning that automation and Artificial Intelligence were leading to changes in the tasks undertaken in different occupations, requiring new skills and competences. Employment in some occupations were threatened by these developments. This was resulting in the […]

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Digitalisation, Artificial Intelligence and Vocational Occupations and Skills

July 27th, 2020 by Graham Attwell

The Taccle AI project on Artificial Intelligence and Vocational Education and Training, has published a preprint  version of a paper which has been submitted of publication to the VET network of the European Research Association. The paper, entitled  Digitalisation, Artificial Intelligence and Vocational Occupations and Skills: What are the needs for training Teachers and Trainers, […]

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July 22nd, 2020 by Graham Attwell

As part  of the Taccle AI project, around the impact of AI on vocational education and training in Europe, we have undertaken interviews with managers, teachers, trainers and developers in five European countries (the report of the interviews, and of an accompanying literature review, will be published next week).  One of the interviews I made […]

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AI and Young People

July 17th, 2020 by Graham Attwell

Last December, the Youth Department of the Council of Europe organised a seminar on Artificial Intelligence and its Impact on Young People. The aim of the seminar was to explore the issues, role and possible contributions of the youth sector in an effort to ensure that AI is responsibly used in democratic societies and that […]

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Latest from Pontydysgu Blogs and Speakers' Corner

New report on Artificial Intelligence in Vocational Education and Training

July 31st, 2020 by Angela Rees

The Taccle AI project has launched it’s 74 page report exploring the use of AI in policy, process and practice in VET. For VET teachers and trainers, there are many possible uses of AI including new opportunitiesfor adapting learning content base…

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Remembering Gerhard Zimmer

July 10th, 2020 by Pekka Kamarainen

Yesterday – after a long delay – I got the sad news that my friend of old, professor Gerhard Zimmer had passed away. As I read from the ‘In Memoriam’ text written by his former colleagues, this has happened already in March this year. At that time I had already left Bremen and was on […]

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Youth Circular Economy Initiatives are Growing in Pontypridd

June 26th, 2020 by Angela Rees

In 2019, young people and students from Europe and all over the world began to take to the streets to demand action to halt environmental and climate change. On one day of action in March organizers said there were more than 2,000 protests in 125 count…

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Remembering Kerstin Engraf

June 10th, 2020 by Pekka Kamarainen

Earlier this week we received the sad news that Kerstin Engraf, our friend and colleague from the Learning Layers project, had passed away. This was very shocking to us, because we had always learned to know her as a very lively and energetic person and we were expecting her to keep healthy. None of us […]

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    The gap between poor students and their more affluent peers attending university has widened to its largest point for 12 years, according to data published by the Department for Education (DfE).

    Better-off pupils are significantly more likely to go to university than their more disadvantaged peers. And the gap between the two groups – 18.8 percentage points – is the widest it’s been since 2006/07.

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