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Universities and colleges harbour a great deal of sensitive data which should be protected. But they are also encouraged to be open and make maximum use of the data they hold through personalisation and open access to research data. UCISA's Executive Director Peter Tinson looks at the issues for institutions in balancing the need to be open and yet secure in his latest blog post 
Posted:  22 May 2018

Congratulations to twenty one colleagues from across the UCISA membership who will be heading to a conference of their choice this year.

Funding from the UCISA bursary scheme gives IT and IT-related staff the opportunity to travel to conferences and keynote technology events they might otherwise be unable to attend, in order to share best practice with the sector.

Posted:  21 May 2018
Lots of work has been put in across the sector understanding the impact of GDPR on areas such as staff/student records, alumni relations, fundraising and marketing/communications – but little thought has been put into what it means for the provision of IT support. Gareth Edwards, Head of IT, Engineering Science, University of Oxford, Rachel Fligelstone, Head of Service Strategy and Communications, Lancaster University and Jenny Jordan, Customer Services Manager, Edge Hill University ran a community day for UCISA members. The resources from the day are now available
Posted:  30 April 2018
The driver for many institutions’ use of analytics has been improving retention. The worried well, high achievers looking to improve, may also benefit from monitoring their own performance. But is that a lost opportunity? Can improvement be achieved across the board? UCISA Executive Director, Peter Tinson highlights a different approach in his blog 
Posted:  23 April 2018
Ian Anderson, UCISA's project lead for the successful development of the first generic Capability Model specifically for UK higher education institutions, is to present to a meeting of the Russell Universities Group IT Directors forum (RUGIT) at Manchester University on April 26 2018.

The UCISA model, recently featured on influential online sector news website, is attracting widespread attention in the sector following completion of a 12-month development project which involved input from five universities and HESA. 
Posted:  19 April 2018
One of the key aims of UCISA’s strategic plan for the next five years is to provide members with more opportunities to express and share insights and views.UCISA’s blog pages are one such forum. Here UCISA Marketing Manager, Manjit Ghattaura offers an open invite for blog contributions along with a few tips on writing your posts. 
Posted:  10 April 2018

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