Digital Poverty (Equality)

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14 July 2021

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14 July 2021

online 13:00 - 15:30

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About the Event

The pandemic has taught us a lot of things about working from home, and it also highlighted another technology challenge that had gone under the radar, that of Digital poverty.

Without access to student computer rooms and the power of Janet many students and staff struggled to carry on as normal. This was made worse because security requirements meant certain requirement had to be met by hardware etc. Though known of the digital poverty gap had not really been addressed, and now it needs to be.

Though some aspects need governmental investment this session will consider what we can do to make access to our systems more affordable and effective in low band width situations or when low end hardware is all that is available for high end work.


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Andrew Cooper

End User Computing Manager

University of Strathclyde

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Chris Parry

Associate Director of Partnering & Innovation

University of Nottingham

Lise Foster

Lise Foster

Director Technology

University of the Arts London

Luis Neves

Digital Learning Director for the Faculty of Engineering

University of Nottingham

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Mark O'Leary

Head of Network Access


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Mark has worked in data networking for the education sector throughout his career, following a short initial stint as a molecular biologist. He specialises in wireless networking and has been involved in the eduroam federated roaming network since it first started in the UK nearly twenty years ago. eduroam, and its more recent sister service govroam, are now at the core of his portfolio managing and developing access-related products and services on behalf of Jisc, the charitable membership organisation that provides digital solutions for UK education and research. Given the edge and wireless aspects to most solutions aimed at addressing digital exclusion, he has been involved in Jisc’s team on this issue.

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Dr Stephanie Mckendry

Head of Access, Equality and Inclusion

University of Strathclyde

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Dr Stephanie McKendry has over 18 years’ experience in various teaching, learning and research roles in HE and is currently Head of Access, Equality and Inclusion at the University of Strathclyde. She has supported the Scottish Commissioner for Fair Access as Researcher/Implementation Advisor since 2016.

Event Schedule





The Challenges of Addressing Digital Poverty at a National Scale

Mark O'Leary, Head of Network Access, Jisc

Mitigating Digital Poverty: the University of Strathclyde’s approach to digital inclusion

Dr Stephanie Mckendry, Head of Access, Equality and Inclusion; and Andrew Cooper, End User Computing Manager, University of Strathclyde

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Responding to Digital Poverty

Lise Foster, Associate Director IT Services, University of the Arts London

Virtual desktops as a mean to reduce digital poverty

Chris Parry, Associate Director of Partnering and Innovation; and Luis Neves, Digital Learning Director for the Faculty of Engineering, University of Nottingham

Digital Poverty Discussion