Pre-conference sessions


Google for Education Workshop
Kirri Watson, Head of FE & HE, UK/I and Simon Fasolo, Head of EMEA Google Workspace for Education, Google for Education and Felix Manoharan, Head of HE, UK/I, Google Cloud

10:30 - 12:15

Room: Lammermuir 1

College and University campuses are vibrant, complex ecosystems of learning and discovery across disciplines. Google for Education helps you to manage the complexity and keep everyone connected and productive. During this workshop, we'll discuss AI in Higher Education and take a deep dive into how Universities and Colleges can harness the power for Google's tools, to enhance student engagement, make learning more personalised and save administration time.

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Breakfast with Blackbaud: The future of advancement technology
Todd Lant, Chief Customer Officer, Stephen O’Neill, Senior Principal Account Executive and Ben Waite, Customer Success Manager, Blackbaud

10:30 - 12:00

Room Location: Lammermuir 2

Kickstart your UCISA Leadership Conference by joining Blackbaud’s CCO and members of the Blackbaud Higher Education Team for a special breakfast briefing focusing on the future of fundraising, alumni engagement, and scholarship management technology and its pivotal role in your wider university ecosystem.

Hosted by Todd Lant, Blackbaud’s previous Chief Information Officer and current Chief Customer Officer, you’ll get up to speed on the biggest trends in advancement technology and what that means for CIOs, fundraising and development leaders, bursary offices, and other external engagement teams. Expect to hear about AI, cyber security and data privacy, giving and payments innovation, effective donor management, and above all, how purpose-built solutions are enabling universities to materially grow philanthropic income whilst building a thriving institution.

The session will end with an open discussion about how universities are bridging the gap between fundraising and IT by building strong partnerships between their advancement and technology teams.

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Creating a data foundation for Microsoft 365 Copilot whilst mitigating upcoming storage challenges and risks of oversharing
Jason Parnwell, Higher Education Industry Account Executive, and Partha Thandavarayan, Chief Solution Architect, AvePoint EMEA

10:30 - 12:00

Room Location: Menteith

Universities aspiring to use Microsoft 365 Copilot are facing information management challenges, resulting in data sprawl, increased storage costs and oversharing of sensitive data. These challenges are escalating costs, increasing risks, and hindering cloud & AI adoption. With two decades of experience managing and securing collaboration in Microsoft 365, AvePoint can rapidly shine a light on these issues and help you to solve them.

Join our session to learn how to establish a solid data foundation for Microsoft 365 Copilot whilst mitigating increasing storage costs and risks from data over-retention and oversharing.

What we will cover:

  • Detailed analysis and intelligent optimisation of SharePoint/OneDrive storage, enhancing data quality and mitigating storage costs.
  • Gaining visibility into sensitive data, understanding access and sharing permissions, and recommending/automating policies to mitigate risks and secure collaboration.
  • How to proactively apply sustainable data governance and information lifecycle in Microsoft 365


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