Partner showcases



Delivering the digital student experience
Dan Perry, CIO, Keele University

Keele University is transforming their approach to digital services to make life better for their students and simpler for their staff. In his presentation, Dan Perry, CIO Keele University will explain how universities can leverage data to build innovative digital projects to transform the student experience.
Dan is Chief Information Officer and interim Director of Marketing at Keele University, where he is championing all things digital. He has over 25 years’ experience in higher education using technology to transform organisations, including roles at Janet(UK), Jisc and The University of Manchester.

A fast-track to improving the student experience
Nick Moore, IT Director, Birmingham City University

We live in a fast-paced world and there’s a growing demand from students for universities to innovate. They want the opportunity to use cutting-edge digital tools in their learning, work creatively and collaboratively with others and see for themselves how technology can be used to shape the future world of work. So, it’s critical that the platforms needed to run the latest digital technology keep up with the pace of change. Nick Moore, IT director at Birmingham City University, will explain how the institution moved quickly to put a resilient, agile and scalable solution in place to enhance students’ experience and drive change.

Cirrus HQ
The evolution of the University of Oxford’s museums’ collections online solution utilising continuous delivery on AWS.
Marcus Cheetham, Project Manager, University of Oxford

The University of Oxford collaborated with CirrusHQ to deliver an online resource for researchers and the general public, enabling them to search and explore the artefacts held within the University Museums. The presentation will show the journey of the solution and the results achieved; covering the business rationale and drivers for the project, the solution proposed, the AWS cloud services chosen, how it interrelates with the other systems around it, and positive outcomes from this successful project.
Utilisation of AWS and public cloud played a key role in the project, focusing on server less technology, utilisation of services managed by AWS, and delivery through infrastructure as code and automation via a continuous integration and continuous delivery pipeline.

Evolution of Backup at Lancaster University using Veeam in an ever changing world
Dr Matthew Storey, Head of Storage and Virtualisation, Lancaster University

Lancaster University and Veeam have a strong relationship spanning nearly a decade where the university has entrusted Veeam to be the backup provider for its corporate infrastructure. Lancaster is a VMware user and Veeam provides the integration to backup ~1,000 virtual machines daily and tight integration at an application level to support the rapid restore of not just whole machines but also the application level data as needed in a delegated fashion.Dr Storey will talk about the journey Lancaster has been on with Veeam, the continued close relationship and the challenges and how they were addressed and the path ahead. This should be an informative and open talk.


Course Loop
Curriculum Management for student success
Brian Clark, Factor5 Software CEO

A student’s journey through your university is informed by the curriculum you design, progression rules and choice provided. Having a robust curriculum management approach and system that enables you to communicate your curriculum to students effectively is imperative to their success. Hear how an Australian university transformed its curriculum management.

With decades of international experience in higher education, financial services and defence, Brian has a track record for conceptualising, delivering and transforming business and IT growth strategies and business operations. Brian founded Factor5 in 2015 and has designed and developed the CourseLoop curriculum management platform in partnership with 10 universities.