University of Leicester wins the 2011 UCISA-Eduserv Award for Excellence

Posted by pt91 at Feb 22, 2012 11:40 AM |
Leicester commended for high quality training materials on information security
University of Leicester wins the 2011 UCISA-Eduserv Award for Excellence

The winning team, with the Vice-Chancellor, with their trophy.

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 22 February 2012

The 2011 UCISA-Eduserv Award for Excellence has been won by the University of Leicester. The Award seeks to recognise and highlight levels of excellence and best practice that currently exist and are demonstrated by UCISA members within the UK higher and further education sectors.

The submission from the University of Leicester focused on a project to develop, at minimal cost, high quality training material on information security suitable for all staff in a higher education institution. The project sought to ensure that the material would to meet the specific needs of the higher education sector, could be delivered online and for which completion was auditable. The material was developed collaboratively with Cranfield University, Imperial College London, the University of Leeds and the University of York delivering a far better result than could have been achieved by a single institution.

The successful collaboration, engaging with a commercial company with expertise in the development of e-learning material, aligns with many of the themes picked out in the recent report from Universities UK’s Efficiency and Modernisation Task Group. Not only does it highlight an effective way of producing quality training material, it also promotes more efficient delivery of training to the wider university population.

On hearing of the University’s success, Mary Visser, Director of IT Services at the University of Leicester, said “I’m delighted! This is a well deserved Award. The team really applied their imagination and have brought a dry but very important subject alive. This has helped to raise the profile of information security and it was an added bonus to save money by collaborating. I hope other institutions will now take advantage of this simple shared service idea that has really produced results.”

Stephen Butcher, Chief Executive of sponsors Eduserv, commented, “Eduserv is delighted to be associated with this Award, which recognises the real difference initiatives such as this can make to the institution and the sector as a whole. The University of Leicester’s submission is an outstanding example of collaboration on a critical issue. We were impressed by the quality of the training materials and the cost effective manner of their production.”

Amber Miro, Chair of UCISA’s Support Services Group, and a member of the judging panel for the Award for Excellence, added, “This is an area many institutions struggle with but the material developed makes information security training alive and more accessible.”

Submissions from the University of Manchester and the University of Bristol were highly commended by the judging panel. The University of Manchester’s Award entry focussed on the implementation of an automated process to rapidly produce high quality podcasts of lectures. The submission from the University of Bristol described the development of an open source, geo-spatial smartphone application to permit crowdsourcing and remote validation of research data.

Peter Tinson, Executive Secretary of UCISA concluded, “The identification of cost effective solutions to enhance services or deliver efficiencies is high on every institution’s agenda. Once again the UCISA-Eduserv Award for Excellence has demonstrated the quality of innovative thinking that takes place in IT and Information Serviecs departments in order to meet these challenges.”

All Award for Excellence submissions are available from the Awards section of the UCISA website. Members of the University of Leicester will give a University Showcase session at the UCISA Annual Management Conference (14-16 March, Celtic Manor, Newport).


Notes for Editors

UCISA, the Universities and Colleges Information Systems Association, is the key membership organisation representing those responsible for delivering information systems and technology services in universities, colleges and related institutions. One of UCISA’s fundamental aims is to identify and disseminate best practice in the promotion and use of information systems, services and technologies in UK Higher and Further Education. The awards given by UCISA represent one strand of this activity.

Visit or contact Sue Fells, UCISA, University of Oxford, 13 Banbury Road, Oxford, OX2 6NN, tel. 01865 283425, email

Eduserv is dedicated to developing and delivering technology services for education and the public sector. As a not-for-profit organisation and registered charity, Eduserv provides services for the public benefit.

Visit or contact Jo Bridger at Eduserv, Royal Mead, Railway Place, Bath, BA1 1SR, tel: 01225 474307, email:

For information about the successful submission from the University of Leicester, contact Colin Atkinson, Information Assurance Services, University of Leicester, University Road, Leicester, LE1 7RH, tel: 0116 229 7956, email

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