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How to achieve your goals with learnings from UCISA Leadership Conference

This event, 21-23 March, brings together senior IT Leaders, decision makers, and industry experts to discuss latest trends, challenges and opportunities in technology and education.

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Rachel Clay

Head of Education

The annual UCISA Leadership Conference this week is one of the most anticipated events in the Higher Education calendar. 

This year’s conference promises to be no different, with a wide range of thought-provoking sessions, keynotes, and panel discussions covering topics such as digital transformation, cyber security, student experience, data management and more. 

As a leading IT solutions provider with extensive experience working with Higher Education establishments, Softcat is excited to participate in this year’s conference and support its attendees in navigating the ever-evolving landscape of technology in education. 

Here our take on what you can expect from this year’s UCSIA Leadership conference and how Softcat can help you achieve your transformational goals:

1. A focus on digital transformation 

With the pandemic accelerating the need for digital transformation, many Higher Education establishments are exploring new ways to enhance their digital capabilities and provide a seamless experience for students, faculty, and staff. This year’s conference will feature several sessions on digital transformation, including best practise and expert insights. Softcat can support Higher Education establishments in their digital transformation journey by providing customised IT solutions and services that align with their specific needs and objectives. 

2. Cybersecurity 

The rise of cyber threats has made cybersecurity a top priority for Higher Education institutions. With the increasing adoption of cloud-based technologies, remote learning and BYOD policies, protecting sensitive data and ensuring compliance has become more complex. This year’s conference will address cybersecurity challenges faced by Universities and provide practical solutions to mitigate risks. Softcat offers a range of Cybersecurity solutions and services that can help Higher Education establishments safeguard their networks, data, and applications. 

3. Student Experience 

Student experience is a key factor in the success of any Higher education institution. As students become more tech-savvy and demand personalised learning experiences, institutions need to invest in technologies that enhance student engagement, collaboration and success. This year’s conference will cover topics such as digital learning, AI, and analytics and how they impact the student experience. Softcat can help Higher Education establishments create a student-centric IT environment by providing innovative solutions that improve communications, learning outcomes and student satisfaction. 

4. Data Management 

Data is at the heart of every Higher Education institution, from admissions to research. As data volumes increase, institutions need to manage data effectively, securely, and efficiently. This year’s conference will explore best practises in data management. Softcat can support Higher education establishments in managing their data by providing scalable and secure data management solutions. 

5. Sustainability 

Softcat has a strong sustainability stance when it comes to education. The company recognises the critical role education plays in shaping a sustainable future and is committed to support the cause. Softcat has developed a range of initiatives aimed at promoting sustainability in education, such as providing free workshops and training sessions to universities on topics such as energy efficiency and waste reduction. Additionally, we have invested in renewable energy sources and support various environmental projects, including the development of sustainable technology solutions. Softcat’s sustainability stance in education demonstrates our commitment to making a positive impact on the environment and creating a more sustainable future for all. 

In conclusion:

This year’s UCSIA Leadership conference promises to be a valuable opportunity for Higher Education institutions to learn, network and explore new technologies and strategies to support their digital transformation journey.  

As a trusted IT solutions provider, Softcat can help Higher Education establishments achieve their goals by providing customised, innovative, and reliable IT solutions and services that enhance their education outcomes.