Great news. I have established a site for an in-world office space within SL for the next couple of months until a permanent space/island can be found for teaching and a possible research centre. It's at EducationUK Island, with great views, good neighbours and just across from a very useful sandbox. The Island is newly established and although still in the developing offers a great base for UK academics to start out from. I've met Chris Eggplant and Susan Williams (fantastic shoes) who run the show and they are very nice indeed. Whilst they took time out from developing the resources on the Island Chris showed me my new office space and introduced me to a Derby-based contact from the JISC-Regional Support Centre who was very helpful as well. Take a look around the Island at the above link, it looks like it's going to fast establish itself as the central hub for UK academics teaching and researching in Second Life.