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Briefing from the UCISA Executive Commitee

March 7, 2012

The UCISA Executive Committee oversees the Association’s activities and meets seven times a year. This briefing has been compiled to let you know about projects and activities the Executive Committee is delivering on behalf of the Association. We hope it gives you a view of some of the initiatives taking place across the membership. 

Please let me  know what you think of it.  

 The UCISA Executive Committee includes all UCISA Group Chairs, as well as Officers and elected and co-opted members: 

 A new UCISA group?

 The Executive Committee has considered a proposal for a new UCISA group for programme and project management.  The Committee was supportive in principle, suggesting that there could be a small fringe meeting for project management at the Annual Management Conference, to gauge interest. Further details will be issued closer to the Management Conference.

 Social networking

 UCISA is to publish a toolkit on social networking.  The toolkit will include guidance for institutions, for HE staff and students. A small working party, led by Adrian Ellison, UCISA Infrastructure Group Chair, will produce the resource with input from the UCISA Support Services Group.

 The Executive Committee has also been discussing how to improve UCISA’s own social media presence, with a recent paper proposing a hosted forum, UCISA-branded blogs and syndication of UCISA Twitter accounts. The UCISA Communications Group has been tasked to write a detailed report for the May planning meeting.

 Refreshing older publications, creating new ones

 The Executive Committee are updating the UCISA model regulations:

 The National Union of Students (NUS) has produced a new charter on Technology in Higher Education: This charter aims to set out best practice for the use of technology in higher education, including how technology can improve the student experience. The Executive Committee are reviewing the charter and will send a response to the NUS.

 Finally, the Leadership Foundation’s Getting to Grips With… series is aimed at governors of universities and higher education colleges. The UCISA Executive Committee is contributing material and writing chapters to a new guide on IT.

 Building relationships

The Executive Committee recently discussed how UCISA might foster further interaction with regional groups.   It was suggested, for example, that the Association could support local strategy workshops or offer space on the UCISA website.  The discussion is being written up into a formal proposal, to be ratified at the April 2012 strategy meeting.

 The Executive Committee will welcome Martyn Harrow, the new Head of JISC, to the April meeting. 

 We also look forward to meeting with representatives from SCHOMS, the Standing Conference for Heads of Media Services in HE, later in the year.  

 UCISA Directors’ Forum on Leadership on alternative methods of delivery

 The Executive Committee will organise an event for IT Directors that  will consider the benefits and challenges of various delivery models such as off shore IT development.   Please contact me with your ideas for speakers, or with suggestions for sessions.  

 Joint event on internationalisation

UCISA is working with the Leadership Foundation on a joint event on the IT implications of institutions’ internationalisation plans and activities. The event is scheduled for 3 May and the programme will be announced soon.

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