UCISA London Group
The group provides a forum for London institutions to meet, to identify and share best practice and to identify opportunities for collaboration and potential shared services.
UCISA and the London Metropolitan Network are working in partnership to create a UCISA London regional group which will take up and extend LMN’s London-based activities, including local opportunities for training, professional development and peer exchange and advice on strategies for the best use of scarce resources – including new or existing shared services – in order to provide exemplary IT services for staff and students.
In addition to the regular UCISA London meetings, UCISA London Group members can attend any of the UCISA events at the member rate. A full listing of events is at available to the in the events section of the website
The easiest way to get involved with the activities of the UCISA London Group is to join the correspondence mailing list; this is a friendly way to find out the challenges at other organisation and to keep in touch with your peers. Join the UCISA London mailing list (Please note Group discussion lists are used by Full and Affiliate member institutions or organisations to discuss subjects of common interest).
Colleagues from further education and 6th form colleges (who may be less familiar with UCISA than those working in higher education institutions in London) may be interested in the following resources:
Running the network
UCISA has created a set of model regulations for the use of institutional IT facilities and systems, which can be reused and adapted. Recently some additional text has been added for Prevent
and UCISA has published a Toolkit on secure network management
An online information security training course for use across the institution. Many UCISA members have used it “off the shelf”, finding that they do not need to customise it further. This resource is available to all UCISA full members (including the UCISA London group).
UCISA has also created a Toolkit to help information security professionals to put in place an information security management system (ISMS) in their organisation. The Toolkit also addresses how to convey the importance of information security to your institution
In the coming months UCISA will be gathering resources to help people prepare for GDPR implementation
Explaining IT to the Senior Management Team
It is often useful to have a simple document to introduce topics such as cloud computing or to have a ready overview of which business systems are in use across the sector (including VLEs, student records and finance systems) and to be able to describe how other institutions manage out of hours support.
The UCISA publications library also contains case studies on wifi provision and ITIL implementation. www.ucisa.ac.uk/publications/ The Google search function on UCISA home page can be used to search event presentations and blog posts by topic.
UCISA-London blog posts
Blog posts on various topics by members of UCISA-London are available