Activities/Higher Education project

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This project page relates to the period 2011-2

Aims[edit | edit source]

See Education strategy and the linked plan.

Activities so far[edit | edit source]

2012[edit | edit source]

  • 6-10 July: Various UK Wikimedians attended education-related meetings at the Wikimania conference in Washington DC. Toni Sant and Martin Poulter gave short presentations about education projects in the UK.
  • 26 June: The Wikimedia UK blog published a post by Martin Poulter on the Wikipedia Education Program.
  • 18 June: Martin Poulter spoke at Research in Learning Innovation seminar on "Wikimedia and Higher Education" at Beyond Distance Research Alliance, University of Leicester. (Storify)
  • 25 April: Roger Bamkin and Martin Poulter made a joint presentation to two Pro-Vice Chancellors and other senior staff at the University of Hertfordshire
  • 19 April: Steve Cook of Imperial College, London wrote a blog post about his Wikipedia student assignment.
  • April: The Wikimedia UK Annual Report includes a section on education projects, written by Stevie Benton with Martin Poulter and other board members and staff.
  • 17 March: Martin Poulter ran a stall at Association of Humanist Students National Convention, London
  • 29 February: Martin Poulter presented at IDeoGRAMS seminar, University of Leicester, on "Wikipedia: Elitism for the Masses"
  • 22 February: Steve Virgin spoke on 'Wikimedia UK - an opportunity, a challenge and a grand vision' at the FoodCycle Student Restaurant at the Anson Rooms, University of Bristol Students' Union
  • 27 January: Martin Poulter and two Wikipedians from Imperial College delivered a Wikipedia training workshop for a dozen graduate students at the University of Oxford
  • 22 January: Campus Ambassador meeting, Imperial College, London
  • 15 January: Martin Poulter, HJ Mitchell, Wood5y and Steve Virgin helped members of Bristol Girl Geeks with Wikipedia editing.

2011[edit | edit source]

  • 18 November: Toni Sant spoke at WikiConference India on "Embracing Wikipedia as a Learning & Teaching Resource"
  • 18 November: Martin Poulter spoke at the ESRC Research Seminar on "Digital Policy: Connectivity, Creativity and Rights", Leicester University (15 min. talk followed by discussion). Dinner in London in the evening. (slides and summary)
  • 24 October Fiona Apps (User:Panyd) led a Wikipedia Lounge at The University of Manchester.
  • 5 October: Martin Poulter spoke on "Common pitfalls in engaging with Wikipedia" (slides) at Bathcamp, the Innovation Centre, Bath (Storify) This included a discussion of the appeal of Wikipedia Educational Assignments
  • 27 September: Panyd spoke about "Women and Wikipedia" at Manchester Girl Geek Dinner at B-Hive, Manchester.
  • 18 August: Panyd spoke at the Wikimedia Girl Geek Dinner at the University of Bristol, to an audience including university staff and students.
  • 27 July: Panyd spoke to staff at University of Liverpool
  • 15 July: Simon Smith (User:Tagishsimon) ran a Wikipedia workshop for post-graduate students of Archaeology, Cultural Heritage Management, Medieval Studies and Eighteenth Century Studies as part of the King's Manor Interdisciplinary Conference at the University of York.
  • 14 July: Panyd spoke to librarians at the University of Manchester
  • 7-9 July: Martin Poulter attended the Wikipedia in Higher Education Summit
  • 4 July: University of Bristol is the first HE institution to take on a Wikimedia Outreach Ambassador, starting today for ten weeks
  • 28 June: Vinesh Patel and Alex Stinson have a meeting with Imperial College lecturers, discussing the Campus Ambassadors program
  • 21 June: Martin Poulter presented at Subject Librarians meeting at the University of Bristol
  • 18 June: Campus Ambassador training at Imperial College, London: Alex Stinson trained Martin Poulter, Vinesh Patel, Deryck Chan and Felix Cheung
  • 3 June: Martin Poulter, along with Phil Barker of JISC CETIS, created "Wikimedia Commons for UKOER resources", a guide for projects releasing open educational resources in UK Higher Education
  • 11 May: Martin Poulter presented at the Open Educational Resources conference 2011 on "Wikipedia and Higher Education: Beat them or Join them?"
  • 30 April: Online meeting about Ambassador programme
  • 16 April: Alex Stinson (User:Sadads) presented about Campus Ambassadors at the Wikimedia UK AGM in Bristol.
  • 13 April: London Wikipedia Academy at Imperial College, London, brought together academics and Wikipedians to talk including Campus Ambassadors
  • 19 March: Alex Stinson (User:Sadads) spoke about Wikipedia as an educational tool at Bristol Wiki Academy 1.
  • 9-10 March: Cormac Lawler (User:Cormaggio) attended, and wrote about, the Wikipedia in Education summit in Berlin.
  • March: Establishment of the UK's first Wikipedia Student Society at Imperial College, London (BBC coverage) (Imperial Reporter coverage)
  • (this list is incomplete)

Call to action[edit | edit source]

Wikimedians: We are looking for volunteers to build relationships with Higher Education institutions, . We can pay travel and subsistence expenses for trips that advance the project goals, if agreement is obtained with adequate notice beforehand.

Students: We are looking to introduce Student Wikipedia Societies in more universities. We can support you in various ways: helping with materials for a stall, putting you in touch with local Wikimedia contributors. Please get in touch.

Anyone interested in becoming a Campus Ambassador can add a request at the UK Campus Ambassadors page on Wikipedia. We will run regional training events when we have a "critical mass" of candidates.

We need experienced Wikipedia contributors to support educational assignments as Online Ambassadors: more details.

Contact: Martin Poulter (

Wikimedia UK education projects
Annual ConferenceCampus AmbassadorsStudent SocietiesSchoolsCommitteeVLE