Ufi has chosen the Content Exchange - an innovative project led by City & Guilds - as the first project to receive funding. The Content Exchange is an online marketplace where tutors and learners can search, upload, share and recommend all types of digital learning materials.
The Trust aims to act as a catalyst for change in the vocational learning sector, funding projects that use technology to ‘scale up’ access to learning and improve the capability of those involved in the vocational learning system. Read more >> about City & Guilds Content Exchange to be first project to receive funding from Trust
As the first round of applications to Ufi have now been assessed, we talked to Ray Barnes, Chair of Ufi about how the process has gone and what advice he could offer applicants who had not been chosen to progress to Stage 2. Read more >> about Trust provides feedback for applicants
Throughout July a wide range of ideas have been submitted for the inaugural funding round of Ufi Charitable Trust. The fund is now closed to new applicants while the trustees carefully consider the ideas put forward, and decide which ones show the most promise for meeting the Trust’s aims of ‘scaling up’ vocational and adult learning. Successful applicants will be invited to Stage 2, where they will be asked for details about how they will deliver their projects.
Ray Barnes, Chair of Ufi, said: Read more >> about Stage 1 closes: first funding round underway
On 2nd July 2012 UFI Charitable Trust opened for its very first round of funding. Throughout July funding applications are invited for projects which improve the delivery of adult and vocational learning through the use of digital technology. Read more >> about Trust opens for new funding applications
Ufi Charitable Trust this morning announced how it intends to spend the £50m endowment fund amassed from the sale of learndirect.
Speaking at an event to mark the official launch of the trust, Ufi’s new chair Ray Barnes said the funds will be used to fund projects that can transform vocational adult learning through technology.
“Ufi Charitable Trust aims to act as a catalyst, funding selected projects which will deliver permanent and radical transformation in vocational learning and training,” he said. Read more >> about £50m investment plans announced
The Ufi Charitable Trust officially launches on 23 May 2012 - you can follow our live webcast here on the morning from 8.30am.
Hosted by chair Ray Barnes, who will officially unveil the trust’s strategic vision and investment plans, the event features a panel-based Q&A session chaired by BBC technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones. Read more >> about Welcome to the Ufi Charitable Trust - official launch
Ufi has produced a report that leads the way for improving adult education through technology.
Scaling Up: achieving a breakthrough in adult learning with technology was compiled following research including 142 phone and online questionnaires and 36 in-depth interviews with researchers, business people, learning professionals and civil servants.
“Our respondents were clear that Ufi should support work that has the potential for large-scale delivery and should encourage innovative delivery channels,” says report co-author Clive Shepherd. Read more >> about Ufi report leads way for adult education
Ufi will be welcoming funding applications from 2 July 2012.
We’re looking to help anyone that can improve the delivery of adult education through the use of technology but would particularly like to invite projects that fulfil the following criteria outlined in our Scaling Up report.
Increasing capability projects: Read more >> about Open for applications July 2012
Ray Barnes represents the dawning of a new age for Ufi.
After serving on the Ufi board for five years, Ray was elected to the position of chair for the new trust at a meeting in April 2012.
A former chief administrative officer of Visa International, Ray brings a wealth of international business experience and unrivalled enthusiasm to the position.
“This is the most exciting time in Ufi’s history,” he says.“We did some fantastic work as learndirect and now have the opportunity to build on that with Ufi Charitable Trust. Read more >> about A new beginning
The Ufi Charitable Trust, today announced the sale of Ufi Limited, the company behind the learndirect brand, to private equity house LDC for a sale price of the order of £40 million.
Through the learndirect brand, which was launched in 2000, Ufi Ltd has helped more than three million people use the internet to gain skills and qualifications in areas such as maths, English and IT, and has also worked with thousands of businesses in the last decade.
Ufi Ltd will now trade as learndirect. Read more >> about Ufi Charitable Trust sells Ufi Ltd and learndirect to LDC