New Members Joining!

We’d like to give a hearty welcome to two new Founding Members of the Education Futures Collaboration (Ed Futures). Plymouth University and Birmingham City University both joined us in December and are already becoming actively involved in helping us to shape the direction of the Collaboration. Membership is open to all schools, colleges and Higher/Further Education establishments plus other organisations who subscribe to the EFC aims, however, if you want a chance to sit on the Board of Trustees, you need to become a Founding Member.

There are still a few places left at Founding Membership level (see this page for full details), so if you’d like to join at this level and help shape our collective research futures, then please contact either Prof. Marilyn Leask, current Chair of the Ed Futures, from the University of Bedfordshire (, Sarah Jones, current Deputy Chair of the Ed Futures, from Core Education UK ( or Sarah Younie, current Secretary of the Ed Futures, from de Montfort University (

Board Meeting

Our second Board Meeting took place last week, again online with some members connecting in from across Europe.

Co-ordinator training

On Wednesday last week, we ran the first training session for the founder members. Each organisation nominated 1 or 2 people to become a co-ordinator who will be responsible for the involvement of their institutions in the Education Futures Collaboration. In the early part of the week we looked at creating protocols for creating pathways in MESH and towards the end of the week we focused on the scope of the Education Communities, how they have been used in the pilot and how co-ordinators can set up communities. The aim is for each institution to start with one community, which has a clearly defined purpose and to nurture the growth over the next 6 months. If co-ordinators need help during this process, Sarah Jones is on hand in the Facilitators Forum to support, answer questions and share best practice.

Board Meeting

Last week saw the first meeting of the Board, who will guide the strategic direction of the Education Futures Collaboration. Practising what we preach, most Board Members connected to the meeting online using both conference call and the online community to work through online agendas and meeting documents. To some this is an old way of working, for others, the ability to collaborate and participate during a meeting not only via the conference call, which is fairly old hat - but also through the online paperwork and wikis was new.


Our new website explaining MESH (Mapping Education Specialist knowHow) went live this morning. To find out all about MESH, please take this link.