Day 2 Thursday 14 March partner abstracts


Thursday 14 March

Partner showcase abstracts 11:00 - 11:30


Migrating Your Mission-Critical Systems to Cloud
Alex Goffe, Associate Director of Technology, University of Manchester; Arthur Clune, CTO, University of Sheffield; Tom Crummey, Director of IT Service and Operations, University College London; and Amanda Kiely, Head of UK Higher Education, AWS

Room: Lowther

To remain competitive and innovative in the digital era, Higher Education organisations are expected to adapt to rapidly changing conditions and meet the rising demands of a variety of stakeholders. Hear from leaders from the University of Manchester, University of Sheffield and University College London on their experiences of migrating mission-critical systems to Cloud and freeing up time to focus on digital innovation.

This will be a panel-style session with leaders discussing migrating legacy Oracle applications, student records systems and other core Higher Education systems to Cloud.

By attending this session, you will:

  • Hear real migration experiences from other Higher Education leaders.
  • Learn how to migrate legacy workloads; avoid common mistakes when planning your migration; and choose the right migration strategy.
  • Get inspired to incorporate innovation into your cloud transformation journey.
  • Get your questions answered during the live Q&A.

The panel will be hosted by Amanda Kiely, AWS Head of UK Higher Education. There will be AWS representatives available to answer your questions before and after the session.

Defending Against Ransomware Assaults – Lessons Learned from the University of Sunderland.
David Conway, Director of Technical Services University of Sunderland

Room: Cromdale

In October 2021, the University of Sunderland fell prey to a ransomware attack, like so many organisations before it. Questions swirled:

  • How did the attackers get in?
  • What systems were compromised?
  • What data may have been exfiltrated?

Hear first-hand how the university tackled this ransomware attack, and how they came back stronger as a result.


Data-Driven Transformation: An AI Strategy for the Future of Higher Education
Stephen Booth, CIO, Coventry University and Wouter Trumpie, AI Architect, Salesforce

Room Lammermuir 1

In an era defined by rapid technological evolution, higher education institutions are at a pivotal juncture. The key to sustained success lies in embracing the transformative power of data and leveraging it to craft an intelligent AI strategy. This session will explore the critical role of data in shaping the future of higher education over the next decade. In this compelling presentation, we will delve into the link between data and artificial intelligence, unravelling how it can revolutionize the student experience and institutional operations. From predictive analytics enhancing student success, to personalising engagement, we'll uncover the vast transformative potential that lies within data. As the digital landscape continues to evolve, the ability to harness and interpret data will be the linchpin in designing resilient, responsive, and future-ready institutions built on a foundation of trust, unlocking the doors to innovation, efficiency, and unparalleled educational experiences. In an AI-driven future, data isn't just a tool, but the compass guiding institutions towards excellence and growth.