Demonstrating digital transformation: Turning digital vision into reality

Join us at the University of Exeter for the first event in the 2023/24 demonstrating digital transformation series.

  • One day
  • Exeter
  • Free

This event will be held on

  • 28 November 2023

    • The Creative Quadrant, University of Exeter Business School
    • 09:30 – 16:30


The University of Exeter has committed to investing in digital technology and digital skills development in order to strengthen their education, research and partnerships and to meet the needs of their students and colleagues.

As they mark the first year of their digital strategy, with the vision to be the most accessible and connected university destination, the University of Exeter’s digital strategy team will share their experiences to date.

They will cover:

  • The innovative ways in which they designed and communicated their digital strategy
  • The development of internal digital capability including design thinking, product management and agile ways of working
  • The launch of a digital skills programme for staff and students
  • Their approach to data as a vital component for enabling digital transformation

Registration, breakfast networking opportunity

Welcome and overview of the day

  • Heidi Fraser-Krauss, Chief executive of Jisc
  • Professor Lisa Roberts, Vice-Chancellor of University of Exeter

A year in the life of the digital strategy at the University of Exeter

  • Mike Shore-Nye, Senior Vice-President and Registrar & Secretary
  • Helen Cocks, Interim Assistant Director Digital and Head of Digital Strategy and Engagement

Facilitated round table group discussions

Theme 1: Design thinking - The benefits of getting comfortable being uncomfortable in the problem space.

  • Facilitated by Joe Holland, Head of Design.
  • Simon Birkett, Jisc.

Theme 2: The educator perspective on Digital Transformation.

  • Lisa Harris, Director of Digital Learning, University of Exeter Business School.
  • Raphael Dennett, Director, with Proficiency in Entrepreneurship, University of Exeter Business School
  • Liam Earney, MD for HE & Research, Jisc.

Theme 3: Agile ways of working - Agile vs Waterfall - what agile ways of working can do for a traditional waterfall organisation.

  • Helen Cocks, Interim Assistant Director Digital and Head of Digital Strategy and Engagement.
  • Emily Prevatt, Digital Operations Chapter Lead.
  • Stuart Lawton, Jisc.

Lunch break

Facilitated round table group discussions

Theme 4: Bringing digital skills into our mainstream cycles.

  • David Weller and Katie Steen, Digital Skills Leads.
  • Sarah Knight, Jisc.

Theme 5: Data-led culture - Find out more about our Data Community, set up to help implement a more data-led culture across the University and enable our colleagues to improve their data literacy.

  • Facilitated by Dan Isaac, Business Intelligence Officer & Data Visualisation Specialist.
  • Elizabeth Newall, Jisc.

Theme 6: Take a tour of UoE Digital Humanities Lab; a state of the art facility offering unique spaces, equipment and training for staff and students. A specialist team conducts and supports innovative Digital Humanities research, offers training and teaching, and undertakes the digital preservation and display of historic material and artefacts using advanced technologies.

  • Tour Host: Gemma Poulton, Digital Humanities Technical Manager.

Panel with representatives from universities discussing their approach to digital transformation

  • Helen Cocks, head of digital strategy and engagement, University of Exeter.
  • Rebecca Jeavons, performance analyst (digital strategy), University of Exeter and University of Exeter alumni.
  • Lisa Harris, director of digital learning, University of Exeter Business School.
  • Donald McLeod, director of change and transformation (digital), University of East London.

Plenary and what support is available from Jisc

  • Sarah Knight, Head of learning and teaching transformation, Jisc


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 digital, student experience, education, digital and IT services, libraries, estates and facilities management, registry and data management, learning and teaching and research and innovation roles.


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