Supplier day with ucisa

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30 January 2020

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30 January 2020


Austin Court, Birmingham

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About the Event


ucisa is hosting a one-day event for our corporate members, this event is aimed at those companies that are already established in higher education as well as those looking to break into the sector. Attendees will have the opportunity to find out more about what ucisa does, and how they can use their membership to gain greater insight into higher education including the strategic challenges and hot topics facing this unique sector. Anyone from a technology related business that is seeking to engage more effectively in the education sector will benefit from this event.

The programme will include:

  • Hot topics and challenges for the HE sector, including an update on the Educause 2020 Strategic Challenges facing HE?
  • An update from chair of ucisa Leadership Conference on our plans for 2020 and how technology suppliers can use the event to engage more effectively with the university sector
  • A deep dive session - Accessibility, the legislation, the challenges and what it means for the sector
  • A panel session of CIOs - What are the driving factors for technology related spending? - How to ensure you engage with the right person, at the right time. 
  • A panel session of Suppliers

We’d like to encourage all our members to attend and would be delighted to engage with both new and longstanding members.

The event will be run by ucisa for you, our corporate members and therefore we have set a the delegate price of £100 + VAT to cover admin and refreshment costs only. There are limited places, so we recommend booking early to secure your space on the event.


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Deborah Green



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Sally Bogg

Head of Service Management

Leeds Beckett University

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Fiona Strawbridge

Head of Digital Education

University College London

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Mehmet Batmaz

Head of Infrastructure

Greenwich University

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Robin Christopher

Head of Digital Inclusion


More Info

After studying engineering at Cambridge University, Robin worked as an IT instructor for the Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB) before becoming a founding member of UK tech charity AbilityNet. Now globally acclaimed as leading experts in their field, AbilityNet specialise in advising individuals on adaptive and assistive technology, delivering workplace and DSA (Higher Education) assessments, and helping clients design attractive websites, software and apps that are easy to use by all. Central to his mission is raising awareness of the inclusive power of tech through writing regular articles on a range of current and future-facing technologies, as well as delivering a busy public speaking schedule in the UK, Europe and the US. Watch a recent presentation Robin gave at a conference in Munich in January 2018; From AI to robots, from apps to wearables - let's design for everyone, OK?

Event Schedule


10:00 AM


with tea and coffee
10:30 AM


Deborah Green, ucisa CEO
10:45 AM

Accessibility, the legislation, the challenges and what it means for the sector

Robin Christopherson MBE - Head of Digital Inclusion AbilityNet , AbilityNet and Fiona Strawbridge, Head of Digital Education, University College London
11:15 AM

Update on ucisa20

11:45 AM

Hot topics and challenges facing Higher Education IT

12:30 PM

Networking and lunch

1:30 PM

CIO Panel session

Chaired by Deborah Green, CEO, ucisa

Liz Bailey, former Director of IT, University of Leicester
Mehmet Batmaz, Head of Infrastructure, University of Greenwich
Rob Moore, Interim Associate Director of Information Systems, Leeds Beckett University
Jim Nottingham, CIO, University of the Arts, London
Claire Priestley, Director of IT, City, University of London

2:30 PM

Supplier panel session

3:30 PM

Wrap up and close