Collaboration Technology Debates launched with University of Strathclyde

Monday 2 June 2014

Collaboration Technology Debates launched with University of Strathclyde

A series of debates has been launched as part of Capita IT Enterprise Services’ Strategic Technology Partnership with the University of Strathclyde.

The knowledge exchange events aim to offer an insight into how future technology will shape education, and help Higher Education Institutions improve teaching, learning, and research.

The first in the series, entitled Collaboration: Enhancing the Art of Conversation, has taken place at the University with an audience of approximately 60 academic and professional services staff, and a panel of experts including Prof Steve Legg, university relations manager at IBM UK, and Ken Harley, sales director UK education at Dell. The debate was chaired by Prof William Kerr, of the University of Strathclyde’s Department of Pure and Applied Chemistry.

The panel explored how the University could harness emerging and potential innovations in communications technologies, to help it improve internal and external communications and leading to enhancements in collaborative programmes.

Peter Hands, executive director, Capita IT Enterpris Services, gave a keynote presentation outlining advances in communications, data sharing and collaboration.

He said: “Our unique partnership with the University of Strathclyde is leading the way in Scotland, transforming the University’s IT systems and providing expert insight into technology and innovation.

“We want this series of discussions to inform and inspire change in the way the University uses IT and communications, helping to create a centre for excellence and driving change throughout the Higher Education industry.”

Professor William Kerr, Strathclyde Academic Lead on the Strategic Technology Partnership, said: “This series of panel debates is an excellent outcome to our partnership with Capita, and will allow us to share ideas, discuss trends, and escalate collaborative engagements, all whilst helping us to get the best use of future technologies.”

The University of Strathclyde became the first university in Scotland to appoint a strategic technology partner last year, when it engaged Capita IT Enterprise Services over a five-year period to support the delivery of significant technology enhancements for the benefit of students, staff and partners.

The next debate in this academic term will consider “The Future of Public Service Delivery: Partnership Working to Succeed in New Situations” and will take place on 11th June. For a summary of the first event read the summary article. 

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