A year of exploration and experimentation
Jo Craiglee, Head of Knowledge Management and IS Planning, University of Edinburgh.

The pandemic changed our view of just about everything. Things managers were determined could only be done 'in the office' turned out to be perfectly fine when delivered from an individual's home. As we move gradually towards our new normal, we recognise that we have a clear opportunity to explore, not only how we deliver services, but how location dependent those services really are. This is an exciting prospect and here at Edinburgh


Migrating a legacy finance system to the cloud
Geoff Houlton, Head of Information Systems, University of Cumbria

The University of Cumbria were facing a familiar challenge - a legacy finance application that hadn't been upgraded for many years, increasingly unreliable and incompatible with modern operating systems, difficult to access off-campus and reliant upon a shrinking number of technical support staff with experience in how to support it.

The session will explore how the challenges were overcome - options rejected as too expensive or too risky, securing a business case and budget, identifying a trustworthy hosting provider and application consultancy, delivering the technical changes within a tight delivery timescale, what worked well and what we'd do different next time.


Money’s too tight to mention? Prioritising the portfolio in challenging times
Ian Wild, Director of Programme and Project Delivery

With access to funding becoming harder and demand for new services growing faster than ever, how best to decide which initiatives to take forward? In this session, Ian will share the University of Oxford’s experience in developing a Portfolio Prioritisation model and what has been learnt along the way.