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Review of the year 

2012 has been a challenging year for the sector and UCISA, through the work of its Executive, its Groups and the central office, has sought to address the needs of our community in these difficult times. This year we have:

  • Run 18 events on a range of topics and including three multi-day conferences;
  • Worked with Universities UK on cyber security and benchmarking initiatives;
  • Submitted evidence to the Joint Committee on Human Rights on the impact of the Defamation Bill which was subsequently cited in the Committee’s report;
  • Responded to a consultation from the Welsh Government on the Further and Higher Education (Wales) Bill and to two consultations issued by UCAS on Admissions and Qualifications Information;
  • Been cited by Ofcom in the final draft of the Initial Obligations Code of the Digital Economy Act, which noted the effective practices in the sector for handling copyright infringement;
  • Published standard response templates for dealing with copyright infringement notifications;
  • Assessed the impact of the Quality Assurance Agency’s Quality Code and responded to a consultation on its revision;
  • Published the sixth Technology Enhanced Learning Survey, the results of which were reported in the Times Higher Education;
  • Initiated with BUFDG, our sister organisation for Finance Directors, Jisc and Janet work on establishing tools for calculating the cost of IT services;
  • Continued to work with the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education on leadership development and improving management skills;
  • Established relationships with sister organisations representing Heads of University Administration and of Student Services with a view to fostering stronger ties and delivering efficiencies and benefits to the various organisations’ members.

The list above highlights just some of the work that UCISA has carried out on behalf of our members. A more formal annual report will be published in the New Year and presented at the Association’s AGM at the Management Conference in Liverpool on 14 March. We will seek to continue to deliver value for money for our members and will be carrying out the Top Concerns survey to inform our work in 2013 and beyond.

I should like to take this opportunity to remind you that bookings are open for the Management Conference in March and the UCAS, HESA, SLC and UKBA briefing taking place in January, and that entries are open for both the UCISA-Eduserv Award for Excellence and the inaugural Amber Miro Memorial Award for Innovation. Finally, thank you for your support in 2012. I wish you, on behalf of the UCISA staff, all the best for Christmas and the New Year.

Peter Tinson
19 December 2012

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