SULSA

Scottish Universities Life Sciences Alliance (SULSA) is a research pooling partnership between the Universities of Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, St Andrews and Strathclyde that is supported by the Scottish Funding Council.

In a fruitful collaboration between SULSA (Matthew Ross & Denise Barrault), School of Biological Sciences, LTS Graphics Lab team (Julie Robinson & Joanne Gordon) and the e-learning unit (Stewart Cromar) a brand new SULSA website was developed and launched in February this year. This bespoke Drupal 7 solution included advanced metadata taxonomies to support all SULSA events, persons, research facilities (6) and geographic locations (16+).

The Euan MacDonald Centre

The Euan MacDonald Centre (EMC) at the University of Edinburgh is a “centre without walls” of 30 researchers across Scotland that seeks to improve the lives of patients living with Motor Neurone Disease (MND) through fundamental discovery research as well as a growing portfolio of patient-centred research projects.

EMC approached LTS 2013 Q3 to redesign their public facing website, a static HTML build. Graphics Lab (Stuart Brett) worked closely with Rebecca Devon, Denise Cranley and Euan MacDonald to produce new visuals. The e-learning team then rapidly developed (5 developers over 2 days) a bespoke WordPress theme featuring a responsive web design (RWD). This very quickly gave the EMC team an easy-to-use content management system (CMS) with improved control over their publishing.

The new WordPress site had its public launch on the 29th of October 2013.

HEARTe: Cardiac Learning Resource

Scotland launches HEARTe: Free Cardiac Learning Resource

Health professionals across Scotland have welcomed HEARTe, the first comprehensive, web-based, free training programme for all health and social care staff caring for people with heart disease. Led by Scotland’s Health Charity, Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland (CHSS), the resource launches at a national heart conference in Stirling on November 29th.

CHSS has worked in partnership with NHS Scotland, British Heart Foundation (BHF) Scotland and the University of Edinburgh (Learning Technology Section) to produce HEARTe, which is funded by the Scottish Government through the National Advisory Committee for Heart Disease.

HEARTe Project Manager Suzanne Bell explained, “This new interactive online resource will improve the skills of health and social care staff and enhance the care of people living with heart disease across Scotland.”

Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing Alex Neil said: “We are delighted to have funded the HEARTe initiative. This is an excellent example of collaboration between the third sector and NHS Scotland, leading to an innovative educational resource for health and social care professionals. It will have real and positive impacts for people in Scotland and is a great practical illustration of our commitment to the 2020 Vision for health and social care services.”

Marjory Burns, Director at BHF Scotland, said: “HEARTe is a fantastic innovation that will enhance the skills of health and social professionals so they can continue to help BHF Scotland fight for every heartbeat.”

Development of HEARTe included the expert input of multi-disciplinary professions. The resulting resource has 7 core level modules to cover a range of different aspects of cardiac disease. These modules are healthy heart and common cardiac investigations, primary prevention, stable coronary heart disease, acute coronary syndromes, cardiac rehabilitation, heart failure, and palliative care in heart disease.

You can access this dynamic cardiac education tool after November 29th by visiting: