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Funding from the ucisa bursary scheme gives IT and IT-related staff from ucisa member institutions the opportunity to travel to conferences and keynote technology events they might otherwise be unable to attend. 

You might be part of a central IT service or working with technology enhanced learning, digital skills development, project management or business change management - no matter what your IT discipline, grade or experience, the ucisa bursary is open to all. If successful, all we ask in return is that you attend an event on behalf of ucisa, and then share what you’ve learned with the higher and further education community. 

ucisa will make a significant contribution to your registration, conference accommodation and travel costs. Your university or college will then claim this from ucisa.  


Deadline for submission of applications (via the portal for applications): noon, Tuesday 2 April 2019 Unfortunately, late applications will not be accepted.  


Posted:  12 March 2019

Congratulations to Sally Bogg, Head of Service Management at Leeds Beckett University and Chair of the ucisa19 Conference on winning the Team Leader Award at the 2019 Every Woman in Technology Awards.

Posted:  7 March 2019
UCISA has published a series of case studies on institutional approaches to the management of Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) services. The collection of case studies is intended to serve as a companion publication to the 2018 Technology Enhanced Learning Survey report, which captures TEL developments across the UK Higher Education (HE) sector.  
Posted:  22 January 2019

The 2019 Digital Capabilities survey is now open for completion. The survey seeks to establish how institutions are developing staff and students to perform efficiently and effectively in a digital environment. The importance of digital capabilities has been identified in the Teaching Excellence Framework and in Quality Assurance Agency audits.


Individual surveys for each institution have been sent to an identified lead respondent. If you are unsure as to whom the lead respondent is for your institution, please contact Details of the survey including guidance on how to complete it are available on the ucisa website.

Posted:  16 January 2019

Future Professional Directors


Future Professional Directors (FPD) is a unique programme for colleagues in professional services from all areas of the institution, run by Advance HE and supported by ucisa and a number of other professional associations. The programme offers an extended, nine-month engagement with carefully tailored active and reflective learning activities.  Some of the centrepiece activities include a live case study with a university team, an immersive business simulation exercise with feedback, and a strategic dialogue contrasting four different sector perspectives.


Developed in partnership with nine sector bodies, it builds the confidence and skills needed to lead successfully within and across professional services and the wider institution. You will learn how to manage challenges such as organisational politics, as well as benefit from action learning sets, diagnostic support to identify leadership and management styles, plus valuable peer networking opportunities. FPD will be relevant to members of the following sector bodies who have partnered with Advance HE to ensure FPD specifically meets the needs of professional service staff:  AMOSSHE AUDEAHUAARCBUFDGHESPASCONULucisa, and UHR.


The next cohort will begin with Module One on Wednesday 13 – Friday 15 March 2019. The programme then runs through to November 2019. The deadline for applications is Wednesday 13 February 2019.


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Posted:  11 January 2019

The ucisa Digital Capabilities Group and Digital Education Group invites you to the fifth Spotlight on Digital Capabilities conference on Tuesday 4th June and Wednesday 5th June 2019 at the Park Inn Radisson Hotel in York.

The theme for this year is ‘Breaking barriers, creating connections’.

We will explore how digital capabilities can help break down barriers, look at transition into and out of FE and HE, how to support students and staff with varying needs and from a wide range of backgrounds, to be inclusive for all. The programme will also include learner perspectives, preparing students to be adaptable, independent and resilient. You will hear experiences from those working across and outside the HE and FE sectors. How partnerships across different teams in post-compulsory education can benefit staff and students.

We are seeking speakers for plenary and parallel sessions from different roles e.g. academic staff, IT trainers, Library and other professional services who can provide delegates with practical advice, approaches and strategies to implement, embed and change their institutions. Improving digital capabilities for both staff and students.

Please submit your proposals using our online form.

Deadline for proposals: Wednesday 23 January 2019.

Submissions will be reviewed by the conference committee. You will be contacted by email with the outcome of your proposal by Friday 15th February 2019.

Posted:  20 December 2018

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