Today I attended the UCISA Project and Change Management Group Committee Meeting. Nick Dods from The University of Liverpool hosted the meeting.
We were welcomed to the university by John Cartwright, IT Director at the university. John gave us an overview of the work of the department and their endeavours to ensure that work is designed to meet the needs of research and teaching. I was particularly heartened to hear about how they ensure that IT projects have a clear strategic vision, that processes are fit for purpose before identifying an IT solution and a simple yet rigorous approach to identifying and realising benefits. John has also been Chair of UCISA and he outlined some of his key achievements as chair. We all agreed that he had accomplished some impressive improvements.
We always have a very full agenda to cover the multifaceted work of the group:
Key areas that we covered were:
· Maintaining and establishing inks with other UCISA groups and relevant external groups.
· An update on the current publications and toolkits the group produce.
· Identifying how we can support UCISA with its key themes.
· A review of our social media activity and agreeing how we can continue to build this.
· Conference planning.
On a personal note I was delighted to have the opportunity to catch up with Leah who left PIU to go to Liverpool last month. It came as no surprise to me that she has already established credibility and is adding value to the team. I also love having the opportunity to informally catch up with colleagues from the sector, it’s often the information that doesn’t make it into the official minutes that I find supremely helpful and at times amusing.
I have volunteered to write a guide on establishing Process Improvement Capability in Higher Education. I’ll be send in out an initial survey in mid-May. In the meantime, please do let me know if there are any specific items of interest you would like included in the guide.