Manchester officially recognised as a UNESCO: City of Lifelong Learning

By Manchester’s Digital Strategy Manchester, having demonstrated a strong lifelong learning offer across our city, has officially been recognised as a UNESCO: City of Lifelong Learning. This is a great achievement for our city, but what does this mean for the digital and creative sector?  Manchester, one of the UK’s fastest growing cities, with strong population and economic growth, we’ve co-created a world leading offer built on knowledge, collaboration and investment.  Our latest success, in February 2024, Manchester was officially recognised as a UNESCO: City of Lifelong Learning, after demonstrating a track record of making lifelong learning a reality for all. … Read more

Digital Skills Festival 2024 Roundup

The Digital Skills Festival 2024, the flagship event from Manchester Digital, brought together the North West’s digital and tech community for a week full of new insight, inspiration and career development. This year’s festival took place between 5-9 February 2024, with events taking place at No.1 Circle Square, Bridgewater Hall and online. The 2024 festival was brought to you in partnership with Auto Trader, Manchester’s Digital Strategy, University of Salford, Manchester Metropolitan University, University of Manchester and Bruntwood SciTech. Day sponsors included ECOM Recruitment, AtkinsRéalis, BCS, Tracsis, BAE Systems Digital Intelligence, and GlobalLogic UK&I. Here are some of the … Read more

Digital Skills Festival: Conference Day 2024

Conference Day 2024: what can we expect for the tech industry 2024? This year’s Conference Day brought business leaders, startups, agencies and stakeholders together to take a look at the regional outlook for the tech sector, as well as to consider the effects of fast-emerging technology, such as AI. As part of the annual Digital Skills Festival, Conference Day was sold out ahead of time, and saw the launch of the new Skills Snapshot, panels talks, a keynote speech from Ecom and first-person experiences from our MentorHER and apprenticeship programmes. AI was of course a hot topic running throughout the … Read more

Manchester Metropolitan University:  Proudly fostering digital innovation and leadership 

By Manchester Metropolitan University In the heart of the dynamic and cosmopolitan city of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University stands as a beacon of modern education, fostering innovation, and contributing to the growth of both our local community and the national landscape. According to the Graduate Outcomes Survey 2020/21, 91% of our former students are either in employment or in further education 15 months after graduating. This showcases our commitment to shaping the future by delivering impactful programmes that not only elevate professional development but also drive digital transformation, fuelling the growth of businesses in the digital era. Explore some of … Read more

AI is good news and bad for journalists

By University of Salford Robin Brown, Lecturer in Journalism in the School of Arts, Media and Creative Technology; University of Salford Across the world journalists are looking at AI and running their very own risk-reward analysis. Is iterative AI – a rolling update of software that improves itself with every new version – an opportunity or a threat? Or both? AI could prove a useful tool in newsrooms, reducing the need for time-consuming legwork: combing data, transcribing interviews. But it poses a significant threat to jobs and many in the industry think journalists are facing an existential crisis. The industry … Read more

Health Tips for Desk Dwellers

Emma-Louise Fusari from InHouse Health shares her top 10 tips to make your desk working environment better.

Innovating responsibly with AI

BY BCS Generative AI presents businesses with endless opportunities to innovate and boost efficiency. On a larger scale, it promises to help grow the economy and even solve global crises like climate change. But as with most emerging technologies, AI comes with its own set of risks. And with stakeholders demanding ethical practices from those they work with, getting it wrong is costly. As IT professionals, it’s our responsibility to consider the impact of our decisions so that we can reap the rewards of AI while keeping everyone safe. What are the risks of working with AI? AI poses a … Read more

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