Stanley House Hotel. If you live in the North West and you want somewhere to get married, have a fabulous meal or even sip a superb G&T, Stanley House is the place for you. Apart from the G&T element, I however, wasn’t really in the market for anything else. I was there with 21 of my University colleagues.
Yes I know how to have a great holiday. It's all about sharing. Seriously, I was happy (although W wasn't) to forgo 2 days of my annual leave to work with my colleagues because we were doing something quite unique in my experience. The 2 days were aimed at getting to the final first draft of our Business Case for the establishment and development of the University of Salford's first 4 Industry Collaboration Zones (ICZ). The creation of our ICZs is the University's single strategic priority.The aim of ICZs is to unite staff, students, industry and communities in a multi-disciplinary, technology enabled environment in the pursuit of the shared goals of knowledge, learning and innovation.
Such technologies underpin the knowledge based economy created through high-quality research and a graduate workforce equipped with a range of new skills. Indeed I saw this in action with my colleagues who were able to use their lap-tops, tablets and phones to effortlessly exchange information, working drafts and to do so with people in the room as well as colleagues geographically distant. A number of my colleagues appeared to be working just using their mobile phones! And last week saw several phone stories – there was Samsung’s Galaxy phone with its exploding battery, and of course the launch of the Apple iPhone 7. Priced at £599, I doubt if I will be getting one despite the fantastic advertisement (see here).
I understand there are a growing number of apps that can run even when your phone or tablet is off-line, and although I must confess to not knowing quite how that will change the world, I am assured by colleagues who do know, that it will. Going slightly against the trend in technological innovation, last week the UK NHS CEO, Simon Stevens appearing at the Health Expo 2016 extolling the benefits of wearable technology to improve access to health care, a theme echoed by the Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt. He wants us to increasingly use NHS approved apps to both consult on health problems (bye bye long waits at your GP or A+E) and to update your personal health record - so welcome to Huxley's Brave New World!