Day 2 - plenary abstracts Wednesday 22 March


Wednesday 22 March


A sustainable approach to building a diverse and disability inclusive team
Adam Tweed, Innovation Consultant – Workplace & Education, AbilityNet

Building a diverse and inclusive team requires both honest reflection and positive action. Hear from AbilityNet on how to create the conditions where the widest talent pool can thrive.


Technology Talent of the Future – Harnessing the Power of HE
Amanda Whicher, Director UK&I Public Services Technology, Harry, Gooding, Solutions Director, Hays, Alison Phillips, Director of Digital Services, University of Leicester, James Crooks, CIO, Durham University and Karen Bates, Director of IT, Delivery Capability,London Business School

Despite a rebalancing in the global big tech labour market, we continue to experience acute skills scarcity. This session will help you better understand the tech recruitment market you are competing in and how, by harnessing the power of the HE sector, you can both compete with employers vying for the best talent in the market today while creating talent pipelines to meet the demand of the future.

Working with UCISA, Hays are uncovering and addressing the challenges you face to enable you to better access the talent you need to drive transformation and innovation, equipping you with:

  • A snapshot into the early findings of the UCISA Hays survey
  • Wider market insights to inform and influence your internal resourcing discussions
  • Tactical actions to implement straightaway to immediately improve your talent attraction results and
  • A longer-term strategic view to successfully achieve change on all things recruitment and resourcing

By challenging what we do today and why we do it, we can create new opportunities to develop your workforce for the future, covering everything from Employer Value Proposition definition to building a diverse workforce and leveraging social purpose for the next generation of talented tech professionals.

Join us for this dynamic discussion session to learn what you can impact today and how the data we are working with UCISA will help support change for the future.


Curriculum management as the foundation of digital transformation and success: What can UK higher education leaders learn from their Australian counterparts?

Krish Pilicudale, Director of Digital Information, University of Huddersfield, Peter Katis, Head of Professional Services and Brian Clark, CEO, CourseLoop

We passionately believe that true digital transformation starts with an institution’s core asset – its curriculum. In this presentation, we share learnings from universities that have successfully digitally transformed their curriculum management systems, exploring along the way:

  • Why curriculum management should be the focal point for any digital transformation journey
  • How digital tools enable staff to manage critical digital data assets accurately, effectively and efficiently
  • How a curriculum management system with composable architecture supports and builds resilience into the university ecosystem
  • How to ensure a successful implementation


Tackling the Gender Pay Gap in Tech
Tracey Jessup, Chief Transformation Officer, De Montfort University and Louise Bench, Manager, Solution Consulting, ServiceNow

The twin challenge of pay gap and lack of role models can mean it feels like an uphill struggle to attract and retain women in tech. In this session Tracey Jessup talks about her role as Chief Digital and Information Officer at Parliament and the work the Parliamentary Digital Service did to ensure they were recruiting across the whole of the market, leading to a 0% gender pay gap.


McDonald’s & Enfuse Group: achieving improved applicant experience and operating efficiencies through digital transformation.
Richard Bainbridge, People Technology Lead, McDonald’s; and Joe Taylor, Delivery Lead & Candidate Experience Programme Manager, Enfuse Group

As universities face challenges around student engagement, increasing application volumes and the need to drive cost efficiencies; Enfuse Group and McDonald's will present a private sector case study to provide some “outside in” thinking in showcasing how these challenges also exist outside of HE and how they are being tackled.

This partnership case study covers the Candidate Experience Programme; a highly automated application process and system that has reduced average hire time from 16 days to 6 days, improved candidate satisfaction (to 86% score 4/5), application completion (from 70% to 90%) and been delivered to over 3,000 users across the UK&ROI. The case study will talk through the end-to-end journey.


A Shared Future?
Brian Henderson, Director of Digital and Information Services, University of Aberdeen; and James Morris, CEO, HEFESTIS

Brian Henderson, CIO at Aberdeen University and Chair of our HEIDS group (for IT Directors in Scotland), is passionate about shared services and the benefits they can offer to our sector. So much so that, when he had the opportunity to help create an organisation that would offer shared services to Scottish institutions, he jumped at the chance and became Chair of HEFESTIS, the company formed for that purpose. After some difficult times, this has been so successful that the service is now available to UCISA members throughout the UK with plans for potential expansion into other sectors. In this session, Brian and James Morris, formerly of Dundee University and now CEO of HEFESTIS. will explore the potential need for a re-consideration of the shared-service model in the sector. Together they will draw on their experience in leading and managing shared services, discussing the pitfalls, successes and potential role of such services in an increasingly challenging educational environment.


Everyone can change the World
Mateo Salvato, Head of Innovation, ORT Schools

Social entrepreneur Mateo Salvatto walks us through his journey transitioning from an average high school student into one of Argentina's most respected tech businesspeople and humanitarians by founding an access- and inclusion-focused startup that reaches 200,000+ people.