Innovation rewarded

15 February 2007

Cambridge Assessment has awarded a six-month secondment to a student from the University of Wales Institute in Cardiff (UWIC), as a result of the Innovate to Educate Awards.

James Cook, recipient of the award from Futurelab - an education technology think tank - won the placement for his project schools:united.

It focused on an online social networking platform for education professionals combining networking capabilities and online collaborative tools, enabling users to submit content and knowledge as well as to collaborate and communicate with each other.

Phil Parker, Chief Architect, Application Development Group for Cambridge Assessment, said: "I'm looking forward to James joining our team in June 2007. Fresh thinking, originality and new ideas have always been part of our mission to provide excellence in assessment and James should fit right in."

The award, which is designed to encourage students in Higher Education to work with a teacher to focus their final year project on a novel digital resource to assist learning, in or out of school, was supported by Cambridge Assessment and the BBC.