Be a part of our POSSE

OpenUK created a Universities Committee in late 2019. During our last OpenUK conference call we were joined by STEM Volunteer Outreach Program Coordinator from Red Hat. OpenUK are now looking into organising an event in June for academics run by the Teaching Open Source and POSSE teams. And we need your help spreading the word to academics at the University of Edinburgh.

OpenUK Universities Committee

OpenUK are a UK organisation committed to developing and sustaining UK leadership in Open Technology.

The OpenUK Universities Committee is looking at ways to help Universities support and promote Open Source and to look for ways to collaborate more. We are trying to get representatives from Universities across the whole of the UK. I’m currently the chair of the group and it would be great to get someone alongside me to represent the academic side of the University of Edinburgh.

The Universities group is looking at 2 strands of University collaboration:

  • How to share more teaching resources across universities about teaching aspects of open source.
  • How to collaborate more in entering competitions that promote open source use.

OpenUK – harnessing the power of collaboration around open source software, data and hardware

If you would like to join the OpenUK universities group please contact me:

Bruce Darby: 

London Tech Week and OpenUK awards

Website and Communication team have created a role of Open Source Champion to continue the great work of our summer intern in 2019. Ritwik Sarkar is now part of the OpenUK Awards Organisation committee and is actively involved in organising the awards events that are taking part during the duration of London Tech Week. He is also currently working to get more Scottish schools and their students involved in Open Source.

London Tech Week is one of the largest gatherings of companies and organisations showcasing their products, plans and ideologies. So it’s fantastic that Ritwik is going to be able to represent the University of Edinburgh at such as prodigious event and showcase the University’s commitment to supporting open source.

London Tech Week is 8th – 12th June:

London Tech Week

Stratos Filalithis, Head of Website & Communication Technologies, recently blogged about our commitment to open source:

Our commitment to open source

Open Source Software Experience course – call for University of Edinburgh academic representation

During our last OpenUK conference call we were joined by STEM Volunteer Outreach Program Coordinator from Red Hat. OpenUK are now exploring if they can organise an event in London in June for academics run by the Teaching Open Source and POSSE teams.

POSSE stands for Professors’ Open Source Software Experience and is a course that Red Hat has been running internationally for some time. OpenUK is looking into the possibility of running a POSSE event in London during London Tech Week.

POSSE (Professors’ Open Source Software Experience) is a Red Hat- and National Science Foundation-sponsored cultural immersion in the tools and practices of open source communities, designed for professors looking for ways to bring their students into active participation in those communities.

Professor in this context is used in the US to mean any academic and we too are looking for academics (not just professors!) to join our group but also to go to London to take part in the POSSE event. If you are interested in attending this course or know of anyone you think might be interested do please let us know.

Red Hat open source in education

How to get involved

Email me on and let me know how you would like to get involved:

Let me know if you would like:

  • To attend the POSSE event in London
  • To join the OpenUK Universities Committee

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