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Digital innovation accolade
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Pembrokeshire College’s collaboration with a Pembrokeshire-based social enterprise has been short-listed for a major ‘Digital Innovation’ award.
The work being done by the College and LocalEyes, to promote and develop a new digital platform for capturing students’ ideas for improving the College, has been recognised by the Digital Entrepreneur Award (DEA) – the only national award body dedicated to internet entrepreneurialism.
Judges include Phil Fearnley, Head of Future Media at the BBC; Mike Little, the founder of WordPress; and Tom Bloxham, chairman and co-founder of Urban Splash, widely regarded as one of the most influential new companies in the country working for urban renewal.
This nomination; in the ‘technical innovation in the public sector’ category, is for progress made by LocalEyes in coming up with a new digital platform for the Facebook generation to better engage with students, staff and members of the public.
The VocalEyes platform adopted and promoted by Pembrokeshire College was developed by internet social entrepreneur Peter Anderson, from Llawhaden, Pembrokeshire. In 2008 Peter was nominated as “the one to watch” in the Prime Minister’s awards for social innovation in the UK. The winners of the DEA award-winners will be announced at a ceremony being held in Manchester in October.
In its first year VocalEyes captured 26,000 student interactions. This resulted in action being taken in a variety of areas to improve the College, from how to develop the courtyard space that had fallen into disuse, to what extra-curricular activities students want to get involved in and issues over timetabling.
Students participating in the online consultation platform (that is available to all registered learners at the College) are now better able to have their voice heard, whilst student representatives and the senior management team are able to see clearly what are the popular and unpopular ideas; allowing better decision-making and a simple method of logging feedback and actions taken.
The digital platform for capturing ideas and turning popular ones into action is also being adopted by other institutions and organisations including Pembrokeshire Tourism, NPTC Group College and University of Wales Trinity Saint David following successful pilots at Pembrokeshire College and at TSD’s Institute of Sustainable Practice, Innovation and Resource Effectiveness – INSPIRE.