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ucisa20 Leadership Conference

Booking Open

Date

18 March 2020

19 March 2020

20 March 2020

Book Before

14 February 2020

Venue

Manchester Central

#ucisa20
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About the Event

The HE and FE Sectors continue to operate in what is undoubtedly one of the most challenging periods of sustained change in their histories. As a result, the need to seek out best practice from both within and outside our sector in order to ensure we have the agility and creativity needed to meet the challenges our institutions face, has never been greater.

Building on the success of ucisa 2019, we are therefore pleased to announce that the theme for ucisa 2020 will be “Inside Out, Outside In” – focusing on inspiring and enabling outstanding leadership in IT.

The conference will explore best practice themes from the Inside Out by looking at sector exemplars to provide guidance and inspiration by exploring how best to develop, and support our existing workforce to improve capacity, effectiveness and deliver an excellent student experience. The Outside In conference strand will seek out best practice from organisations and exemplars from outside the sector, focusing on how technological innovations and strategic & operational models identified can be effective within an educational context, ensuring we remain open/ opening our minds to new ideas and opportunities.

This year we will be bringing the Student Voice to our Leadership Conference with a number of short sessions from students, demonstrating first- hand the transformational impact of higher education.

We will again be hosting the largest supplier exhibition for our sector, building in greater levels of interactivity and more opportunities to get to know some of the exhibitors and suppliers. Perhaps most importantly our Leadership Conference will continue to provide the best possible opportunity for peer to peer interaction, conversation and inspiration with expanded and improved opportunities for you to network with colleagues.

We encourage CIO’s and IT Directors to bring their senior teams along to explore how they might do things differently in a rapidly changing digital world and how they can support and develop the workforce of the future.

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Speakers

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Adi Latif

Accessibility and Usability Consultant

AbilityNet

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Nicky Moffat

CBE, Speaker, Leadership Development Consultant, Executive Coach

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Closing speaker

Motivational Speaker

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Chris Dixon

Head, IT Partnering and Innovation

Lancaster University

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Abdi Hassan

MA in IT Management, Sheffield Hallam University

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Abdi's talk will focus on his journey to the IT industry through education. Failing at school and college level, he secured a university place in UCAS clearing at 2013. HE graduated with a BSc Honours Degree in Business Information Technology with a Sandwich year from Leeds Beckett University and is currently completing a Masters Degree in IT Management at Sheffield Hallam University. However the journey was difficult along the way - from going through clearing to failing numerous times in his undergraduate studies, to finding a placement year, whilst dealing and overcoming his studies with multiple disabilities during his time in higher education.

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Penny Hindle

Recent graduate and software developer at X-Lab.

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After studying Maths and Computing at A-Level, Penny went on to study Computer Science with Industrial Placement at the University of Leeds in 2015. Having taken a traditional route into tech, she has dedicated a lot of free time to encouraging those who may not have taken the same route to pursue a career in tech, through organisations such as Code First: Girls and STEM ambassadors. Her talk will be on her experiences as woman in a male dominated degree subject, and the importance of relatable role models.

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Deborah Green

CEO

ucisa

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Deborah joined ucisa as CEO in May of this year, bringing with her a wealth of marketing and Higher Education experience, most recently as Director of Student Recruitment at the University of Hull following five years as Chief Executive of Marketing Leeds and 5 years at Leeds Beckett University, where she was a member of the Executive Board. She is no stranger to leading member organisations, having lead the Law Society’s regional team earlier in her career, supporting 14,500 solicitors in Yorkshire and the North East and introducing a wealth of new initiatives and services, resulting in her receiving the Yorkshire Enterprise Award and being recognised as Yorkshire Lawyer of the year in 2007 for her services to the profession.

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Sally Bogg

Head of Service Management

Leeds Beckett University

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A motivated and adaptable ITSM professional, Sally has worked in Higher Education IT for over 12 years and has experience of developing and delivering high quality sector leading support services and creating respected, high performing and award winning teams. FDM Everywoman, Team Leader of the Year Award 2019 and Women in IT Business Role Model of the Year 2018, Sally is passionate supporter of the enhancement and empowerment of women in tech and is well known across the ITSM, Higher Education and Service Desk Industry. Having dropped out of school after becoming pregnant at the age of 17, Sally returned to education as a mature student from Leeds Beckett in 2006 with a degree in computing. Since then she has gone on to forge a successful career in ITSM and is currently working as Head of Service Management at Leeds Beckett University. In this session Sally will share her career journey and provide insights into some of the challenges she has overcome as well as her top tips for successful leadership.

Event Schedule

Wednesday

09:00

Exhibitor briefing

This session will be aimed at new and existing suppliers and exhibitors and will provide a brief insight how they can use their time at ucisa 2020 to gain greater insight into higher education, including the strategic challenges and topics facing our sector and how they can use their membership to engage more effectively with delegates at this unique event.
10:00

Pre-conference sessions

10:00

Registration and Exhibition opens

 
11:15

Newcomers session

James Smith, Director of IT, Birkbeck, University of London

If this is your first ucisa conference, or your first in a long time, please join us for a session describing how to make the most of the Conference. Hear about ucisa's resources, events, and working groups, as well as networking with your colleagues.

12:00

Lunch

in the Exhibition
13:15

Introduction and welcome

Sally Bogg, Conference Chair, Leeds Beckett University

Deborah Green, CEO, ucisa

13:30

Opening keynote

14:30

Travel time

14:40

Partner case studies

A chance for senior teams to hear and learn from the experience of our corporate members and their institutional partners
15:20

Refreshments

available in the Exhibition
15:50

The barriers we build

Adi Latif, Accessibility Consultant, Ability Net
16:30

Networking and drinks reception

in the Exhibition
19:30

Dinner at the Albert Hall

Dress code: business casual

Enjoy a mix of street food from around the world and take part in the speed networking opportunities

Thursday

08:00

Breakfast briefing

09:30

Leadership is everyone’s business

Nicola Patricia Moffat
10:30

Refreshments

Available in the Exhibition
11:00

Panel session

What value we add.

Chaired by Claire Priestley, Director of IT, City, University of London

Bella Abrams, Director of IT, CiCS , University of Sheffield,
James Crooks, Director of Learning & Information Services, University of Central Lancashire
Laura Dawson, Director, Data and Technology Services, London School of Economics
12:00

AGM in main conference room

12:00

Lunch

available in the Exhibition
13:45

Student voice

New for 2020 and based on your feedback we have decided to bring the student voice to our leadership conference. In this session three students will share their very personal journeys and experiences of higher education and provide insight into the challenges they have faced and the obstacles they have overcome, demonstrating first- hand the transformational impact of higher education.

Penny Hindle, Recent graduate and software developer at X-Lab

Terri-Anne Hamer

Abdi Hassan, Masters in IT Management, Sheffield Hallam University

14:55

Travel time

15:30

Refreshments

in the Exhibition
16:00

Exhibition closes

16:30

Roundtable sessions

Following their debut in 2019, the roundtable sessions are scheduled to return at ucisa20.

 

The intention is to provide a number of facilitated small group discussions on a range of topics.

 

The breadth and depth of ideas and knowledge exchanged regularly on the full range of ucisa mail-lists demonstrates the potential for powerful face to face conversations is real. MS Teams deployment; legalities of UK-EU personal data export; multi-factor authentication; central vs local IT - just some of the topics that have been discussed at length over the last few months within our community.

 

So... what would you like to discuss? 

 

Please contribute ideas via this very short survey, to enable us to ensure facilitators are prepared to help the conversation flow!

 

https://survey.vovici.com/se/31A1841630FEC76C

19:00

Conference dinner drinks reception

at the Midland Hotel
20:00

Conference dinner

at the Midland Hotel

Dress code: Black tie optional

Friday

09:15

Session 6

10:00

Fireside chat

10:45

Refreshments

11:15

Session 8

12:00

Bouncing back

 
13:00

Conference close

followed by Lunch