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UCISA Executive Commitee Briefing

May 24, 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 us 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. 

New focus for UCISA Procurement Group  

The Group will focus on the strategic elements on procurement such as supplier management and alternative service delivery methods.  Further details will shortly be available on the UCISA website.  In the meantime, please contact John Townsend, Group Chair, if you would like to contribute to the work of the Group.

Demonstrating UCISA’s impact to others within your institution

You may find it useful to direct members of your senior management team to Impact , a two-page publication showing the direct effect of UCISA events and activities.   

UCISA produces Impact to coincide with its three major conferences. 

Representing members’ interests

In May, staff from the UCISA office met with Janet, HEIDS (Higher Education Information Directors Scotland), the Leadership Foundation and SCONUL.    In June, UCISA staff will meet with ALT (Association for Learning Technology), HeLF (Heads of e-Learning Forum) and AMOSSHE, the Student Services Organisation.

Following on from a joint UCISA/Leadership Foundation event on the impact of IT on internationalisation, there has been further discussion on the challenges of working with overseas telecoms companies on network connectivity. UCISA is already exploring ways in which these challenges can be alleviated with Janet.

Outreach at Networkshop40

Members of the UCISA Networking Group were inundated with visitors to their stand and reported a good mix of interest from HE and FE IT staff, and corporate  organisations.  Delegates were asked what events they would like UCISA to provide; their feedback will inform event planning for the UCISA Networking and Infrastructure Groups for the coming year.  

A record-breaking UCISA Annual Management Conference

This year’s UCISA Annual Management Conference  (March, Celtic Manor, Newport) attracted the most sponsorship ever for a UCISA Management Conference.   There was also a substantial increase in delegate numbers.

In 2013, UCISA returns to the BT Convention Centre in Liverpool.  Planning for the Conference is now underway and the dates are confirmed as Wednesday 13 – Friday 15 March 2013.

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