Paul Marchbank, Director of the School of Media Arts and Technology at Southampton Solent University last week visited San Jorge with three colleagues to identify areas for collaboration between his school and the university, particularly in the areas of Videogames and Film, TV and Digital Media.

As well as extending our existing Erasmus+ agreement with Southampton Solent to include these areas, Paul also proposed setting up short exchange programmes between the two universities, lecturer exchanges and collaboration in research activity.


Anita Spittle, Head of Internationalisation of the Cardiff School of Management, Cardiff Metropolitan University,  visited San Jorge last week to discuss a variety of projects around our Business Studies and Computing programmes with colleagues from our Faculty of Communication and Social Sciences. Cardiff Metropolitan University has a similar internationalisation strategy to our own so we are certain that new joint projects will be taking off in the near future.


Environmental Sciences PhD student and Member of the USJ GreenLife environmental Research group Eduardo Perales is currently finishing off his stay at the Institute of Cancer Research, at the Medical University of Vienna, Austria, where he is undertaking research into the harmful effects of new solvents on DNA.


Nursing lecturer and researcher Raúl Juárez has been travelling again, this time he has been visiting the University of Adelaide in Australia conducting a literature review, titled, ‘Developing a conceptual framework on heart failure self-care in patient-caregiver dyads’, in collaboration with staff at the Joanna Briggs Institute at the Australian university. While in Adelaide, Raúl was also an observer at the Evidence Based Clinical Fellowship Program which was held during his stay.


Faculty of Communication Lecturer Sisa Sierra was recently at Bahcesehir University in Istanbul, Turkey through the Erasmus+ programme for teaching exchanges. Sisa gave a series of workshops on Intercultural Communication to undergraduate Nursing students and also had the opportunity to meet up with research staff to discuss ideas for future cooperation on European projects.


Director of Internationalisation and Quality Assurance, Andy Tunnicliffe, was in Brussels last week attending the 8th Annual International Symposium on University Rankings and Quality Assurance, together with representatives of universities from all over Europe. Speakers at the event came from international ranking entities THE, QS and U-Multirank, from the European Commission, the Belgian and UK quality agencies for higher education (NVAO and QAA respectively) and the European Students’ Union.


Faculty of Communication lecturer Ricardo Zugasti was in Rome last month visiting the Department of Humanities of the Libera Università Maria SS. Assunta (LUMSA) through the Erasmus+ programme. During his stay Ricardo gave a seminar to both students and teaching staff entitled ‘Spain. From Pro-Europeanism to Anti-Europeanism?’


Polytechnic School lecturers Jaime Font and Manuel Ballarin have just come back from Cyprus where they were participating in the 15th International Conference on Software Reuse in Limassol.

Jaime and Manuel presented two papers: ‘Feature Location in Model-based Software Product Lines Through a Genetic Algorithm’ and ‘Leveraging Feature Location to Extract the Clone-and-Own Relationships of a Family of Software Products’.


Congratulations to colleagues Joe MacMahon and Sisa Sierra, both lecturers in the Faculty of Communication, who have recently become the first San Jorge lecturers to obtain accreditation in Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) methodology through the in-house protocol for CLIL certification and accreditation that has been launched this 2015-2016 academic year.

As well as Joe and Sisa reaching the advanced CLIL accreditation, over 80 lecturers have also obtained the initial CLIL certification during this academic year.


Physiotherapy Vice-Dean Pablo Herrero and lecturer Sandra Calvo, both members of the iPhysio research group, have recently visited Kuwait where they delivered a training programme on dry needling techniques for spasticity patients (DNHS) to local physiotherapists.

Pablo and Sandra were invited to the Gulf state by the Kuwait Ministry of Health and now hope to build further links between the USJ research group and the health authorities in Kuwait.