Event

Demonstrating digital transformation - People, place and partnership at Ulster University

Join us at Ulster University for the second event in the 2023/24 demonstrating digital transformation series.

  • One day
  • Free

This event will be held on

  • 27 March 2024

    • Ulster University, 2-24 York Street, Belfast, BT15 1AP
    • 09:30 – 15:30

About

Ulster University is one of the most complex large institutions within the UK. The university successfully maintains a dual focus on research and teaching while actively driving exemplary social mobility and civic engagement. Multi campus and spanning a region of great potential and great passion, their focus on People, Place and Partnership tasks that passion with a purpose: to deliver sustainable futures for all.

Hosted on their landmark new Belfast campus, this event demonstrates digital transformation across thematic areas of digitally enhanced teaching, commercial partnerships and the impact of digital technologies across the university estate. Exploring sustainability, embedding a culture of agility and rapid adaptation to changing demands and industry informed digital investment, the event offers first hand insight into the vision, development and delivery of digital transformation in Ulster University.

This event will discuss the following area of Jisc’s framework and maturity model for digital transformation:

  • Organisational digital culture
  • Digital and physical infrastructure
  • Knowledge exchange and partnerships

Take a look at this virtual campus tour, to see the Biden Atrium, where this event will be held!

Optional pre-event activity

There is the opportunity of joining Ulster university staff for a comprehensive tour of the new Belfast campus taking place at 17:45 on Tuesday 26 March followed by a complimentary evening meal at Ulster University’s Academy restaurant at 19:00. Please indicate if you would like to sign up for this optional activity in the registration form.

Programme

Registration with refreshments and networking opportunity

Welcome and introduction from Jisc

  • Liam Earney, managing director for higher education and research, Jisc.

Keynote

People, place and partnership: the role of digital

  • Professor Paul Batholomew, vice chancellor, Ulster University.

Roundtable discussions

Roundtable discussions will be repeated twice. Delegates to select one of four options.

Roundtable discussion option one:

Enhancing digital through commercial partnerships

This discussion explores industry informed digital investment and the creation of commercial digital partnerships in the context of the £1billion Belfast Region City Deal. There is a particular focus on Studio Ulster and the opportunities presented by virtual production, gaming animation and AI.

  • Professor Declan Keeney, director of the Ulster Screen Academy.

Roundtable discussion option two:

Learning landscapes - Digitally enhanced teaching spaces

The adoption of digital solutions to deliver enhanced learning and teaching experiences for students and staff in Ulster University. The charting of a journey in digital transformation which has been recognised for outstanding achievement in learning technology on a national and international scale.

  • Richard Beggs, senior lecturer in higher education practice.

Roundtable discussion option three:

Sustainability and the impact of digital technologies

Exploring the paperless campus - the environmental impact of our technology choices and building in sustainability as standard into the landmark new campus.

  • Michael Fitzpatrick, director of estates.
  • Mark Taglietti, chief digital and information officer.

Option four:

Campus tour

Experience the campus in action. With one million square feet of space there is much to explore – from libraries and labs to roof gardens, golfing studios, virtual production and gaming suites and around 500 teaching spaces.

  • Student ambassadors

Roundtable discussions

Roundtable discussions will be repeated twice. Delegates to select one of four options.

Roundtable discussion option one:

Enhancing digital through commercial partnerships

This discussion explores industry informed digital investment and the creation of commercial digital partnerships in the context of the £1billion Belfast Region City Deal. There is a particular focus on Studio Ulster and the opportunities presented by virtual production, gaming animation and AI.

  • Professor Declan Keeney, director of the Ulster Screen Academy.

Roundtable discussion option two:

Learning landscapes - Digitally enhanced teaching spaces

The adoption of digital solutions to deliver enhanced learning and teaching experiences for students and staff in Ulster University. The charting of a journey in digital transformation which has been recognised for outstanding achievement in learning technology on a national and international scale.

  • Richard Beggs,senior lecturer in higher education practice.

Roundtable discussion option three:

Sustainability and the impact of digital technologies

Exploring the paperless campus - the environmental impact of our technology choices and building in sustainability as standard into the landmark new campus.

  • Michael Fitzpatrick, director of estates.
  • Mark Taglietti, chief digital and Information officer.

Option four:

Campus tour

Experience the campus in action. With one million square feet of space there is much to explore – from libraries and labs to roof gardens, golfing studios, virtual production and gaming suites and around 500 teaching spaces.

  • Student ambassadors

Lunch and networking

Demonstrating digital transformation panel

Hearing from senior leaders at Ulster University and other institutions.

  • Liam Earney, MD for higher education and research, Jisc.
  • Mike Clark, Director of campus infrastructure, Trinity College Dublin.

Close

Who should attend

  • These events are aimed at senior leaders with responsibility for taking forward digital transformation within their university including senior executive/director roles in learning and teaching, research and innovation, digital and IT services, libraries, estates and facilities management, registry and data management.

This event is aimed at members of UK higher and further education organisations.

Feedback from delegates who have attended our previous Demonstration digital transformation events:

  • “Excellent event - great location, good speakers, engaging and interactive round the table discussions, very topical issues raised. Plus overall positivity which is great to see in the current climate of uncertainty.”
  • “Engaged audience, willing to share ideas, approaches and experience, topical round table discussions with clear links to the day job and useful insights to take back to the office.”

Contact

For further information, please contact events@jisc.ac.uk