ucisa is the member-led professional body for digital practitioners within education.

Actively promoting networking, collaboration and shared inspirational thinking.

About us

Founded in 1992, ucisa is the member-led professional body for digital practitioners in education. Open and inclusive, we work together to use our collective technical knowledge and digital expertise to help transform teaching, learning and research by supporting operational efficiency and an excellent student experience.

Almost all UK Higher Education institutions are ucisa members along with a growing number of Further Education and Sixth Form colleges. Institutional membership automatically grants the benefits of membership of the ucisa community to all staff working within the institution.

As a result, we welcome individuals at all levels – whether you are just starting out in your career or have worked in education for many years and reached a senior position.

ucisa is a registered not-for-profit charity and supports its community by running a wide range of events and conferences, backed up with surveys, reports and best practice toolkits and guides that help our members better meet the ever-increasing digital demands of twenty-first-century education in the UK.

Our community collaborates, networks, and shares their inspirational thinking, practices and procedures so that we can all learn more, advance faster and be more effective. We also work closely with technology and digital service suppliers to the sector – helping them better understand our needs so that they can deliver the solutions you need within your own institution.

Find out more about membership here 

Our goals to 2022

ucisa's strategic plan to 2022 was created with member input and reflects collective priorities.

Our four shared goals are now the focus of everything we do and mean ucisa will continue to deliver real value and benefit for all of us in the years ahead:

 

Goal 1 Goal 2

Goal 3 Goal 4

 

 

Whatever your role, you'll find the ucisa's Strategy to 2022 works for you as well as your institution.

Time for change

After almost 25 years of successful operation, we recognised that the world of education was undergoing unparalleled change and we needed to revisit and revise our brand to ensure that we continue to play a relevant and effective role for our members.  After a period of consultation with all our stakeholders, we developed a refined brand definition that better aligns with the ever-increasing digital demands of twenty-first-century education in the UK.

Our proposition

Helping to transform teaching, learning and research in education by better harnessing the power of digital through the exchange of knowledge, and the support from and continuous development of our expert community.

ucisa aims to be acknowledged by all stakeholders as the membership organisation that draws together and promotes the expertise of those leading and supporting digital transformation and services in educational institutions to support operational effectiveness, research, teaching and learning, and an excellent student experience.

ucisa...
  • Has trusted expert knowledge.
  • Is connected.
  • Is a member-driven organisation.
  • Is professionalised.
  • Is open, supportive and collaborative.
  • Leads.

  • To connect people who have common and useful experiences and insights.
  • To share expertise and experiences to strengthen understanding and influence decision-making about the future.
  • To foster, encourage and share inspirational thinking.
  • To champion diversity and inclusivity throughout our community.
  • To promote a community of experts that readily shares its knowledge and experience.
  • To raise the profile and understanding of the power of digital through the power of our members.
  • To partner with and challenge our suppliers, so that they can better understand our needs and meet our performance criteria.
  • To provide all our members with support and opportunities to develop their skills and confidence.
  • To communicate complex information in a straightforward, concise and accessible way.
  • To help transform teaching, learning and research through the power of digital.

ucisa’s activities are overseen by the Board of Trustees. The Trustees all work for Full Member institutions, are elected to their roles and give their time on a voluntary basis, alongside the responsibilities of their regular day jobs. The Board is made up of the four Officers, three elected members and up to four co-opted members.

The purpose of the ucisa Leadership Council is to define and propose activities that meet ucisa’s charitable purpose, in line with the agreed strategy and direction as determined by the ucisa Board of Trustees and membership, to act as a focal point for engagement between ucisa and its members and to maintain relationships with other relevant organisations in the UK and abroad.
Chaired by the Executive Director, the Council is made up of the chairs of ucisa’s special interest groups, chairs of the regional groups and a number of co-opted members. Other members of ucisa staff attend on an ex officio basis.

ucisa

ucisa is a charitable company led and run by members, who give their time freely, for the benefit of all members. The object of the Charity (no. 1161218) is to promote and advance education for the public benefit in information systems and digital technologies and their use in education and research and no other purposes.  ucisa is a registered charitable company limited by guarantee.

Registered Office is 30 St Giles, Oxford, OX1 3LE