UCISA has announced the launch of a new Strategic Plan for the period 2018-22 which reshapes its support for UK education institutions and their technical staff in maximising efficient use of digital transformation and services investment.
The Strategy, developed in consultation with UCISA's expert community and based on their priorities, will see UCISA's best practice guides, toolkits and surveys shared with a wider number of technical staff as it opens up new channels for knowledge sharing.
UK universities currently spend around £1.3billion each year on network technology and digital infrastructure and employ some 15,000 specialist technology staff to ensure it is used effectively in improving the student experience, supporting research and boosting operational efficiency.
"UCISA membership and staff access to UCISA resources in remains a priority for virtually all UK universities and a growing number of further education colleges - and with good reason," said UCISA Chair David Telford, Director of Information Services at Edinburgh Napier University.
"Education is now a connected world and the knowledge and depth of responsibility held by UCISA's community, the capabilities required of them to keep pace with digital technology advances and increasingly complex information system interactions are fundamental to operational effectiveness, research, learning and the student experience.
"As a collaborative organisation, we're confident that the priorities now mapped out by our community meet real needs and will ensure the organisation continues to deliver real benefit and value in the years ahead."
UCISA's 2018-22 Strategy was officially launched at the organisation's annual corporate information systems and project and change management conference in Manchester yesterday.
Delegates heard the Strategic Plan places even greater emphasis on informing, promoting and fostering the expert technical community that ensures universities continue to make effective use of technology in meeting student expectations, supporting research, teaching and learning and in overall cost-efficient university operation.
A copy of the Plan can be downloaded from the Publications Section of the UCISA website