Sponsor opportunities


CISG-PCMG21: No going back - Transitioning to a Hybrid Workplace

For the last year, the sector have hoped for a return to a normal workplace, and this is true of staff across academic and professional services. The student body has had a very mixed experience in consuming teaching and research services, but institutions have delivered on their commitments. However, there have been a lot of positive changes for staff and students since March 2020 and several significant service enhancements are now accepted as the norm.

In practice, service delivery, collaboration, and engagement in Higher and Further Education has changed and is now transitioning to a new hybrid workplace, where distributed and external digital technologies and new processes and practices are being embedded. For most of the institutions there will be no return to how they worked and delivered services prior to March 2020.

Financial stability is a major area concerning most Institutions. Many in the sector are trying to implement a model that will work for them as they make sense of the recent changes and take on new teaching and research delivery models, changed physical campuses, expanded services and service landscapes, and staff requirements for flexibility and enhanced key skills, all to satisfy a fast-paced migration to an ever-growing digital environment. Institutions must achieve financial balance while supporting quality and following a continuous service improvement agenda and technology is firmly at the centre of this endeavour.

As their delivery methods evolve, unfortunately there has been a growth in cyber-attacks within the sector. As they move online, enhanced security, user education and vigilance are critical.
In the conference we want to explore the impact of these changes on:

  • Staff agility and the adoption of innovative technologies and skills.
  • New working models for staff and remote and flexible working.
  • Security, what are the implications of extending our boundaries?
  • Services and the growth of online and cloud.
  • Students and their overall experience and changing educational delivery models.
  • Development models - Is using web services, APIs, the cloud, and a DevOps model now the norm?
  • Programmes of work - how has the emphasis and priorities changed?
  • Finance, shifting Capital expenditures (CAPEX) and operating expenses (OPEX) spending models. Impact of changing student numbers and engagement profiles.

Our online conference this year will have a mix of presentations and updates from the sector, along with presentations from you, our corporate members, to explore how you can bring innovation and support.

Attendees at this event will comprise those responsible for the development and implementation of corporate and academic systems, programme and project management and business process improvement, their staff and CIOs and IT Directors.

We are pleased to announce the following sponsorship packages:

Primary sponsorship package £8,000 + VAT

(including 30 min keynote presentation or interactive session; supplier showcase within the event; logo in event advertisement, event webpage, and throughout the event)

Sponsored Round Table £6,000 +VAT

(including a 30 minute discussion with invited/selected audience; supplier showcase within the event; use of logo in event advertisement, event webpage, and throughout the event)

Business Showcase package £5,000 + VAT

(including 20 min presentation; supplier showcase within the event; use of logo in event advertisement, event webpage, and throughout the event)

Please note: Primary sponsorship will include a 30-minute keynote presentation slot, as long as a suitable presentation can be agreed. The Business Showcase sessions will be a 20-minute session within the event. Both offer the opportunity for live Q&A after the presentation included in that timeframe.

If you wish to take advantage of any of the above presentation packages, please submit a 100 word proposal for the Conference Committee’s consideration together with details of your speaker. If submitting a proposal for a round table session, please provide details of topic or theme to be discussed.

Please email Sian at events@ucisa.ac.uk with your proposal and to get a copy of the booking form.