Seventeen software packages from universities and other organisations in the UK have been shortlisted to attend the final judging round of the 1998 European Academic Software Awards (EASA), to be held at ALT-C at the University of Oxford on 19-21 September. There are 35 finalists competing for ten prizes.
Nick Hammond of the Association for Learning Technology, the principal UK partner in the awards, was pleased at the high number of UK entries which got through to the final round.
"While the UK entries were not in the majority, over half the finalists are from the UK, which is a greater proportion than ever before. This demonstrates a growing commitment to the development of quality educational software in Britain," he said.
There were 249 entries to EASA 98 in total, including 90 from the UK - more than double the number of UK entries in 1996. Of the 17 UK finalists, three are in the medical science category, three in biological sciences, three in generic support, two in mathematics, two in social sciences, and one each in arts and humanities, education, economics, and engineering.
The full list of EASA finalists can be seen on the Web at:
The EASA prizes will be presented at the Sheldonian Theatre in Oxford on Monday 21 September during the opening ceremony of ALT-C 98.
The software exhibition will be open to the public on the morning of Monday 21 September. Journalists wishing to attend the finals and award ceremony should contact Anna Turner, ALT-C 98 at: email@example.com Tel: 44 (0)1865 288166.
Notes To Editors:
- EASA: The EASA is a biennial competition organised by the European Knowledge
Media Association (EKMA).EKMA comprises learning technology organisations in
Austria, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK. UK
participation in the 1998 awards has been sponsored by the Higher Education
Funding Councils' Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) and the British
Educational Communications and Technology Agency (Becta).
- ALT: The Association for Learning Technology (ALT) is a registered charity
and learned society funded by subscription. It promotes good practice in the use
and development of learning technologies in further and higher education through
a variety of events and publications. ALT members are drawn from many different
areas of education and companies with an interest in learning technologies.
Contact: Rhonda Riachi, Director of ALT, University of Oxford at:
Tel: 44 (0)1865 270290.
- Becta: Becta is a government funded agency which works with other agencies
and organisations to implement government policy in the use and development of
information and communications technology in education, through schools,
colleges and lifelong learning.
- EASA 98 UK Finalists:
Alison Hudson, Sheffield Hallam University
0114 225 4747
John Stainfield, University of Plymouth
Mrs Jennifer Wilson, University of Dundee
Dr Helen Pownall, Univerity of Leicester
0116 252 5085
Douglas Quinney, Keele University
Catherine Skinner, Huddersfield University
Glacial Analysis: an interactive introduction
Dr Jane Hart, University of Southampton
Arun Kundnani, Institute of Race Relations
0171 837 0041
The Human Brain CD-ROM
Marion Hall, Open University
Interactive Rheumatology Tutor
Dr Ray Armstrong FRCP, Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust
01703 796451, 01703 796452
Dr Richard Parsons, University of Dundee
The Marketing CD-ROMs
Paul Smith, The Multimedia Marketing Organisation
0171 320 1454
Debra Marsh, University of Hull
Dr Paul Kenyon, University of Plymouth
Dr J Pitchford, University of Leeds
0113 233 5174
Peter Twining, The Open University
The X-Ray Files
J Stephenson, The Dental School, University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne
0191 222 8719