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We are pleased to announce that the results of the 2018 ucisa CIS survey have now been published and are available on the website

The survey is carried out annually and provides a simple snapshot of the core corporate information systems in use by ucisa members.  It is open to all ucisa members and collects basic information about the main corporate information systems (CIS) in use in the HE sector. The snapshot is supplemented by a report which shows the trends in CIS use.

 
Posted:  18 April 2019
 
 

The publicity around the recent HEPI policy note How safe is your data? Cyber security in higher education resulted in widespread press coverage, including items on national BBC radio. The policy note makes a number of valid points. However, the press reports tended to sensationalise the issue and failed to recognise much of the good work that takes place in our institutions.

ucisa recognises that implementing effective cyber security in higher and further education institutions is challenging. Although the BBC report has focused on a number of negative (although nonetheless important) aspects, we are aware that our member institutions carry out a range of measures to mitigate the risk of cyber security breaches. These include implementation of Cyber Essentials, employment of specialised cyber security staff and compulsory cyber security awareness training for members of staff. Further in most, if not all, institutions the risk of a cyber security breach is recognised on institutional risk registers and monitored at a senior institutional level.

The recruitment of specialist cyber security staff is particularly difficult in the sector and many struggle to retain such staff. ucisa notes that an effective shared service to support cyber security operations has been running for a number of years in Scotland and encourages Jisc to explore the development of similar shared services for the benefit of the wider sector.

ucisa has produced a number of resources to support institutions to deliver effective cyber security. The Information Security Management Toolkit was developed to assist those who have responsibility for implementing information security across the organisation by providing advice and guidance. The Toolkit highlights the need for institutional ownership and the importance of awareness campaigns. ucisa procured information security awareness training on behalf of the sector in 2015 and continues to work with colleagues to maintain and develop that material.

ucisa will continue to work with Jisc to ensure that we are offering complementary materials and services and to ensure that the importance of cyber security is well understood by the executive within our institutions, managed within their risk and governance processes and that it is appropriately resourced.

 

 
Posted:  5 April 2019
 
 

 

There have been a number of changes to the ucisa Board following the Annual General Meeting held during the Leadership Conference last week. Drew Cook (University of Lincoln) takes over as Chair with Adrian Ellison (University of West London) stepping up to become Vice-Chair. Liz Bailey (University of Leicester) and Claire Priestley (City, University of London) were elected as Trustees.

The new Board met briefly on Friday and agreed to co-opt four further members. The four co-optees are Garod Barker (Richmond-upon-Thames College), Arthur Clune (University of York), Paul Harness (Lancaster University) and Darren Tysoe (Regents University).

David Telford (University of Stirling) and Peter O'Rourke (University of Suffolk) stood down at the AGM, having completed their terms of office. We should like to thank both David and Peter for their contribution to ucisa.

A full list of the new Board members is available on the ucisa website.

 
Posted:  3 April 2019
 
    

Online learning tools have been ranked as the most important technology for British universities, proving twice as popular than any other type of tech.

A new survey carried out by Jisc and ucisa, also finds that 69% of high education (HE) digital leaders feel the effective use of this technology is key to digital transformation projects, with artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning in joint second (32%).

Read the press release here.

 

 
Posted:  26 March 2019
 
 


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


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