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Cabot office weekly roundup – 27 July 2012

This morning started with the ring of bells to communicate the start of the Olympic Games.  Communications have also been the focus of our work this week.We now have the new website templates which I will populate over the Summer so we can re-launch the website in the new academic year.We will have lots of new features including more video content, better layout and ease of use and we can’t wait to share it with you all.
This week we also met with representatives from across the faculties to help us with our new magazine which we hope to publish in the Autumn.We have lots of good ideas and interesting material to put in.We are working on content at the moment and will be pulling together case studies of work that has taken place within Cabot over the last year. 
We also have a new webcam and microphone, courtesy of JISC, for doing more Skype calling and videoconferencing.We are keen to embrace technology to cut down on national and international travel for meetings.It is also useful to …

Discussing Rio+20 at the House of Lords

Last month I went to the House of Lords for a meeting of the All party group for international development and the environment.  The morning’s question was: Where next for sustainable development after Rio+20?  I’ll give a brief resume of who said what, with some of my thoughts following over the next weeks....
Joan Walley, MP for Stoke-on-Trent North opened the morning's reflections on Rio.  She chairs the Environmental Audit Committee which monitors action across different government departments. At the top level, Rio lacked vision and clear objectives. Her select committee really tried to engage with government, but there was no commitment from the PM that he was going, and no clear vision from them.  She felt the process needs to be reinvigorated - connecting, collaborating, and understanding the details - e.g. how the proposed Sustainable Development Goals will link with the Millennium Development Goals.
Stephen Hale from Oxfam  asked how do we accelerate the pace of global cha…

Cabot office weekly roundup – 20 July 2012

Cabot office weekly roundup – 13 July 2012