UCISA draws together and enhances the collective and individual expertise of the people leading and supporting digital transformation and services in educational institutions to the benefit of all members.
UCISA is a member-led, open, impartial and representative association. It provides a national and international presence for the people responsible for digital transformation and who make information systems and services work.
It helps the UCISA community to share best practice, maximise cost effectiveness, develop ideas and inform and support policy making within their institution, nationally and internationally.
Information technology and systems have become fundamental to universities, colleges and other educational institutions as vital infrastructure supporting an excellent student experience and operational efficiency. UCISA membership remains a priority for almost all UK universities and higher education colleges.
Although primarily focused on the higher education sector, increasing integration, shared concerns and strengthening relationships across all educational sectors mean that UCISA membership is of value to many other types of institution.
UCISA is also important to those with a commercial interest in the education sector, especially through the annual conferences, which provides a unique opportunity to meet and communicate with those involved in information systems and technology delivery within universities and colleges.
UCISA exists to promote excellence in the application of information systems and services in support of teaching, learning, research and administration in higher and further education.
Working collaboratively to the benefit of all members, we inform, promote and foster the expertise of the community that underpins technology use in educational institutions to deliver an excellent student experience and operational efficiency.
We do this by:
- Acting as a central source of trusted guidance that helps all stakeholders (Institutions, suppliers, individual practitioners, sector bodies, Government and the education sector as a whole) to make informed decisions about effective and efficient technology use in education.
- Identifying best practice and spreading its use through
- the promotion and support of collaboration between institutions and between practitioners;
- the provision of resources including toolkits, best practice guides, surveys, workshops, case studies and other information and learning aids;
- the organisation of conferences, seminars and workshops;
- the publication, including electronic publication, of best practice material;
- the promotion of development and research.
- Informing and supporting policy-making processes within institutions and nationally on the cost-effective application of information systems and services through:
- Responding to consultation and active lobbying;
- Fostering positive relationships with stakeholders (Institutions, suppliers, individual practitioners, sector bodies, Government and the education sector as a whole) based on mutual understanding of challenges and opportunities related to technology and digital systems in education;
- Providing evidence and expert opinion to inform policy-making decisions.