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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

The report on the 2018 Technology Enhanced Learning Survey has been published.

The Report focuses on the current provision within universities and other higher education providers, and the emerging and planned patterns of learning technology usage across the UK HE sector. Read the press release on the Survey results for a synopsis of the survey results.
Posted:  31 October 2018
The CIS Survey 2018 is now open for completion. This is an invaluable resource made freely available to all UCISA FE and HE members looking to share experiences with other institutions and understand trends in the marketplace
Posted:  24 October 2018

Reflections from Mat, the Infrastructure Group Chair about this year's IG conference. 

Posted:  5 October 2018

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