Day 3 session abstracts - Friday 15 March


Friday 15 March


New Information Security Training for UCISA members
Paul Harness

Following input from members, UCISA’s information security training has been updated. The new materials provide a fresh new look and feel, with up-to-date content on the key risks for today. The materials may be used ‘as is’ or adapted to meet local needs. A new implementation toolkit is available on best practice. This talk will give an update on the project, demonstrate the new look and feel, and set out the release process for the next few months.


Protecting the UK's most sensitive research and innovation
NCSC Representative

The NCSC's view on the current threats to innovation, and the tools and advice you can use to mitigate the threat.


Embracing AI at the University of Edinburgh
Gavin McLachlan - Vice Principal, Chief Information Officer and Librarian to the University of Edinburgh

The University of Edinburgh is a world leader in AI. Internally, a cornerstone of the university's digital strategy is to fully embrace AI. I will present the approach the university has taken to embracing AI in a safe, responsible and flexible way, including the development of our own Large Langue Model, and the use of AIs in the university for Learning & Teaching, research, automation and driving professional services quality and efficiencies. I will specifically show what we have achieved in AI chatbots to help students; AI automatic systemic reviews; AI for research; Our AI guidance for staff and students; AI strategy, AI ethics and safety governance as well as our own Edinburgh Large Language Model (ELM).


Creating a Winning Mindset
Maggie Alphonsi

The session will focus on how delegates can create a winning mindset. How they can be the best version of themselves and get the best out of those around them. Delegates will be encouraged to step out of their comfort zone, be courageously brave and create change by leading from the front. They will explore what kind of leader they want to be and how others can follow. Overall, the session will leave delegates feeling energised, motivated and inspired!