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Wednesday 27 March


Exhibitor briefing    

Pre conference sessions

Registration and Exhibition opens

Newcomers orientation session (Lammermuir 2) 
Peter Tinson, ucisa Executive Director

If this is your first UCISA conference, or your first in a long time, please join us for a session describing how to make the most of the Conference.
Hear about UCISA's resources, events, and working groups, as well as networking with your colleagues.

1200   Lunch in the Exhibition       

Chair: Sally Bogg, Leeds Beckett University
Introduction and welcome
David Telford, chair, ucisa board of trustees and Executive Director, Stirling University and Sally Bogg, Conference Chair, Leeds Beckett University

Opening keynote
Nick Petford, Vice Chancellor, University of Northampton
(sponsored by Trend Micro (UK) Ltd)

1430   Travel time    

Partner case studies


Chair: Alistair Reid-Pearson, University of Huddersfield
Refreshments in Exhibition
National Cyber Security Centre
NCSC speaker
1630  - 1730
Networking and drinks reception in the Exhibition
Drinks reception in the Cromdale Hall Foyer
(sponsored by LinkedIn Learning)

Dinner in Cromdale Hall at the EICC
Dress code: business casual

(Dinner sponsored by Parallels International GmbH)
(Entertainment sponsored by Dropbox UK Online Ltd)

Thursday 28 March

0800 - 0840  

Breakfast briefing – Diversity, Equality and Inclusion  

Edinburgh Suite 2 - The Sheraton Hotel
(sponsored by Oracle)
Chair: Peter Tinson, ucisa

Living with Depression
Clarke Carlisle

Refreshments in Exhibition

Panel session - Getting the right people on board
An opportunity for delegates to explore some of the challenges in recruiting for tech and to gain valuable insights from outside the sector

Chaired by Claire Priestley, Director of IT Services, City, University of London

  • Jim Nottingham, University of the Arts, London
  • Hilary Baker, VP for IT and CIO, California State University, Northridge
  • Natasha Sayce-Zelem, Head of Technology, Sky

Lunch in the Exhibition

1200   AGM in main conference room    

chair: Peter O’Rourke, University of Suffolk

Leadership lessons from real life
Alison Lowe – Labour Councillor and Chief Executive at Touchstone  [PDF] presentation
Natasha Sayce-Zelem – Head of Technology at Sky [PDF] presentation
Sally Bogg – Head of Service Management at Leeds Beckett University [PDF] presentation

1455   Travel time

Institutional showcases

  • Digital Transformation at The Royal College of Art - enabling creativity and innovation with order and structure -

    (Lomond Suite) [PDF]presentation
    Emma Bayne, Head of Digital Delivery and Amanda Spencer, Director of ILTS at Royal College of Art

  • Embedding Wikipedia in the Curriculum: Digital Transformation and Data -

    (Mentieth) [PDF] presentation and talk

      Ewan McAndrew, Wikimedian in Residence, University of Edinburgh
  • Cyber defence in the higher education sector -


    Alan Hill, Chief Information and Digital Officer at Exeter University
  • Don’t try and swim in the Data Lake -

    (Lammermuir 1) [PDF]presentation
    Dr Steve Leggetter, Northumbria University

  • Transforming IT teams – roles, skills and the right motivation! -

    (Lammermuir 2 [PDF]presentation
    Jason Oliver, Director of IT at University of Sussex

Refreshments in Exhibition

Institutional showcases

  • The art of navigation: The change journey in a creative environment

    (Mentieth) [PDF] presentation

    Jim Nottingham, Chief Information Officer, Helen Davies, Associate Director IT Projects & Solutions and Lise Foster, Associate Director IT Services & Operations at University of the Arts, London
  • Playful Engagement as strategy in Information Services

    (Lomond Suite) [PDF] presentation

    Stephanie Farley, Open Educational Resource Advisor and Melissa Highton, Director of Learning, Teaching and Web Services, University of Edinburgh 
  • Passing the Board: Surviving internal politics and winning

    (Lammermuir 1) [PDF] presentation

    Darren Tysoe, CIO, Regents University London
  • A living blueprint of your institutions capabilities and technology (Lammermuir 2) [PDF] presentation
    David Gillard, Head of IT Development, David Gee, Development Manager and Graham Snow, Data Development Consultant at University of Hertfordshire
  • Into The Cloud


    Paul Westmore, Director of IT, University of Plymouth
  • “You’re changing what?!?” – A Communicating Business Change workshop
    (Platform 5) 

    Sarah Peace, University of York, Henrik Brogger, Head of IT Service Delivery, Queen Mary University of London and Jo Mortimer, Work Stream Manager, Planning & Strategy Office, University of Reading
1600   Exhibition closes
1630   Round table session
Feedback from delegates at previous conferences have asked for more opportunities to network with their peers. The Round table session has been introduced to allow delegates to discuss common issues or just meet with their peers. The tables for the session will be themed – if you have a topic or want to meet colleagues from a particular region or group, please advise the ucisa team at the Registration desk by 2pm on Thursday 28 March.
1900   Conference Dinner drinks reception in the Atrium at Sheraton Grand Hotel

Conference Dinner in the Edinburgh Suite at Sheraton Grand Hotel
Dress code: Black tie optional
(Dinner sponsored by AWS)
(Wine sponsored by InFuse Consulting)

Friday 29 March


Chair: Peter Tinson, ucisa
0915 Shaping the future workforce
Louisa Dale, and Lyn Rees, Jisc, Kathy McCabe, Heriot-Watt University and James Smith, Birkbeck, University of London 

Leading teaching and learning through data: Towards the personalisation of Higher Education
Ian Dunn, Provost, Coventry University [PDF] presentation
(sponsored  by AWS)


Ian Woolner, Microsoft
(sponsored by Microsoft)

Re-wiring for the future
Michelle Dickinson
1300              Lunch
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