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May 2022

Wed 25
Content Community: Balancing your data needs with your users' privacy needs new Finished 13:30 - 14:30 UIS Online Courses - instructor-led

With enough initialisms to drown in, the data privacy and protection legislation that affects our apps, online services and websites can seem impenetrable. So how do we demonstrate that we understand our users' concerns, comply with regulations and strike the balance between business and user needs?

In this session, we'll provide a refresher on cookie consent and data privacy compliance on web channels. We will review the current www.cam.ac.uk cookie and privacy setup. We will also explore when you might need to adopt local versions.

June 2022

Tue 14
UIS Learning and Development: Speed mentoring for the IT community new Finished 15:00 - 16:00 UIS Online Courses - instructor-led

UIS is offering members of the IT community the chance to join a virtual speed mentoring event. This energetic learning and networking activity will provide the opportunity to speak to some of UIS’ senior leaders and managers from different disciplines.

UIS mentors involved with the event:

  • Ian Leslie - Director
  • Stephen Riley – Chief Operating Officer
  • Kate Livingstone – Head of Digital Transformation
  • Richard Hey – Head of Institution Liaison and Relationship Management
  • Ron Chambers – Head of Enterprise solutions
  • Abraham Martin – Head of DevOps Division
Mon 27
Content Community: Maintaining your website new Finished 14:00 - 15:00 UIS Online Courses - instructor-led

Join us at the next Content Community event to get a checklist of regular website maintenance jobs that content editors can do. We will go through how to do the tasks and how they contribute to good user experience. Examples include how to find and address broken links, establishing a content review schedule, and things you should test regularly.

July 2022

Wed 6

Interested in seeing the inside of our West Cambridge Data Centre and understand more about how this is run and the innovative features reducing the energy usage? Then this is for you. Ritchie Carter will guide a small group of UIS staff around the West Cambridge Data Centre (WCDC).

Note that due to ongoing works in the WCDC, the group size is very limited. If there is sufficient demand as gauged via the waiting list, additional sessions may be able to be arranged later in the year

Thu 7

Interested in seeing the inside of our West Cambridge Data Centre and understand more about how this is run and the innovative features reducing the energy usage? Then this is for you. Ritchie Carter will guide a small group of UIS staff around the West Cambridge Data Centre (WCDC).

Note that due to ongoing works in the WCDC, the group size is very limited. If there is sufficient demand as gauged via the waiting list, additional sessions may be able to be arranged later in the year

Thu 21
UIS new joiners welcome event new Finished 14:10 - 15:40 UIS Online Courses - instructor-led

New colleagues to UIS are invited to join a welcome event to meet our Chief Operating Officer, Steve Riley and members from our Administration and HR Office.

Mon 25
Content Community workshop: Optimising content for SEO new Finished 13:30 - 14:30 UIS Online Courses - instructor-led

We all use search engines to look for information, whether it's to buy a second-hand sofa, or check when to repot the begonia.

If your content isn't optimised, people won't be able to find it easily through online search. Good SEO will help more people find your content more easily.

Come to this workshop to:

  • Get a quick recap on best SEO practices.
  • Try some of the SEO methods and tools that we’ve been demonstrating over the past year.
  • Get help and feedback from your Content Community colleagues and us.

For this session you need to bring:

  • one or two links to web pages that you want to optimise
  • any SEO or keyword information you already have
  • any ideas you have about why the content is or isn't performing well

We will also be running this workshop in August.

Content Community workshop: using data to improve your content new Finished 13:30 - 14:30 UIS Online Courses - instructor-led

Join content colleagues to talk about how we can use data that seems quite abstract to tell us about our content. Come to this workshop to:

  • recap some general principles
  • discuss some examples and sources of data
  • do small-group exercises in Microsoft Teams break-out rooms

You will want to be able to look at the exercise information, and possibly some example websites in your browser, while in the MS Teams meeting. If you have access to a desk offering a second screen, that may be the most convenient.

This session is for beginners who are not confident in interpreting analytics or similar data. No preparation is required. You do not need to be familiar with any software other than MS Office 365 and your browser.

Content Community workshop: Creating user-centred content new Finished 13:30 - 14:30 UIS Online Courses - instructor-led

We can all write well. It’s our job! But how can we make our content more user centred? User-centred content helps our users and ultimately helps us.

Come to this session to:

  • understand how cognitive burden affects comprehension
  • use some of the methods and tools that we’ve been demonstrating over the past year
  • get help and feedback from your Content Community colleagues

For this session you need to bring:

  • a piece of content from your website or intranet
  • any thoughts, feedback or queries you’ve had about the content
  • your goals for the content. For example, you might want to:
    • improve readability
    • check that it’s accessible
    • re-organise the structure
    • test understanding of a complex subject
Fri 29
UIS Staff Summer Garden Get-together new Finished 13:00 - 16:30 Fitzwilliam College, Storey's Way

Celebrate summer with your UIS colleagues at an informal outdoor gathering at Fitzwilliam College Grove and Chapel Lawn.

There will be an afternoon tea-style lunch, tea, coffee and soft drinks for you to enjoy. An outdoor bar is also available to purchase (with card) a selection of alcoholic drinks of your choice.

August 2022

Fri 26
Content Community workshop: using data to improve your content (August) new Finished 10:30 - 11:30 UIS Online Courses - instructor-led

Join content colleagues to talk about how we can use data that seems quite abstract to tell us about our content. Come to this workshop to:

  • recap some general principles
  • discuss some examples and sources of data
  • do small-group exercises in Microsoft Teams break-out rooms

You will want to be able to look at the exercise information, and possibly some example websites in your browser, while in the MS Teams meeting. If you have access to a desk offering a second screen, that may be the most convenient.

This session is for beginners who are not confident in interpreting analytics or similar data. No preparation is required. You do not need to be familiar with any software other than MS Office 365 and your browser.

Tue 30
Content Community workshop: Creating user-centred content (August) new Finished 12:30 - 13:30 UIS Online Courses - instructor-led

We can all write well. It’s our job! But how can we make our content more user centred? User-centred content helps our users and ultimately helps us.

Come to this session to:

  • understand how cognitive burden affects comprehension
  • use some of the methods and tools that we’ve been demonstrating over the past year
  • get help and feedback from your Content Community colleagues

For this session you need to bring:

  • a piece of content from your website or intranet
  • any thoughts, feedback or queries you’ve had about the content
  • your goals for the content. For example, you might want to:
    • improve readability
    • check that it’s accessible
    • re-organise the structure
    • test understanding of a complex subject
Wed 31
Content Community workshop: Optimising content for SEO (August) new Finished 14:30 - 15:30 UIS Online Courses - instructor-led

We all use search engines to look for information, whether it's to buy a second-hand sofa, or check when to repot the begonia.

If your content isn't optimised, people won't be able to find it easily through online search. Good SEO will help more people find your content more easily.

Come to this workshop to:

  • Get a quick recap on best SEO practices.
  • Try some of the SEO methods and tools that we’ve been demonstrating over the past year.
  • Get help and feedback from your Content Community colleagues and us.

For this session you need to bring:

  • one or two links to web pages that you want to optimise
  • any SEO or keyword information you already have
  • any ideas you have about why the content is or isn't performing well

September 2022

Tue 13
UIS Learning and Development: Mentoring in Practice (Unit 3) new Finished 10:30 - 12:30 UIS Online Courses - instructor-led

UIS facilitates a mentoring scheme exclusively for the University's IT community and UIS' internal staff.

Mentoring can be a really useful tool in supporting colleagues to develop their professional lives and careers, in both roles as a mentor and mentee.

This is a welcome event (Unit 3) and part of the UIS' Mentoring learning journey, for all mentees and mentors enrolled in the 2022-23 programme. This interactive workshop is designed to give an overview and introduction to mentoring, practice some key skills needed for both mentors and mentees, mistakes to avoid and become familiar with some simple models and tools to support the mentoring partnership and maximise its value and impact.

October 2022

Mon 3
Content Community: metadata for content editors new Finished 10:15 - 11:15 UIS Online Courses - instructor-led

Metadata is a fundamental component behind search and reporting functionalities. This event will introduce the concept of metadata, provide examples of common types of metadata, and how metadata will help your intranet site function well.

Rob Ireland, SharePoint Developer, will host a show and tell to show how the new intranet will use metadata. There will also be other members of the Digital Presence Programme team available to answer questions.

Topics

  • Introduction to metadata
  • Functional examples of metadata
  • Review how metadata will help your intranet function well

If you are already aware of these concepts and what they are used for, you may find the related event more useful: Metadata event for staff with a technical and data management background

A recording of this event will be available on the Content Community SharePoint site for anyone who cannot attend.

Plans for metadata event for staff with technical and data management backgrounds new Finished 11:30 - 12:30 UIS Online Courses - instructor-led

Find out how the Digital Presence Programme's work around metadata and related concepts to improve the University's websites and digital content.

This work includes the 'Intranet in a Box' project, which aims to provision University institutions or departments with SharePoint sites that will provide common tooling and templating to improve defragmentation across the University.

Data, including managing common data and improving our approach to information architecture, is crucial for this project and other University systems.

This event is hosted by a panel of experts on the Intranet in a Box project. We aim to provide a forum for technical staff to learn about the project's framework for managing domain-level and institution-level data, and how it relates to the greater information architecture of University systems. Katya Samoylova from the Academic and Financial Planning and Analysis team (AFPA, Finance Division) will also provide an overview of their work around data governance.

Topics

  • Technical capability for SharePoint data management
  • Domain-level changes, including a summary of advice we're providing to content editors
  • Institution-level changes
  • Information architecture across University systems

This event is aimed at IT and technical staff who are already familiar with metadata, taxonomies and related concepts. If you are not already aware of these concepts and what they are used for, you may find the related event useful: Content Community event - Metadata for content editors.

A recording of this event will be available on the Content Community SharePoint site for anyone who cannot attend.

Wed 5

A workshop session exclusively for UIS colleagues who have been nominated to be a 'buddy' to support new joiners to the organisation.

Thu 6
UIS Learning and Development: Speed mentoring session #5 new Finished 11:00 - 12:00 UIS Online Courses - instructor-led

UIS is offering new members the chance to join a virtual speed mentoring event. This energetic learning and networking activity will provide the opportunity to speak to some of UIS’ senior leaders and managers from different disciplines.

UIS mentors involved with the event:

  • Ian Leslie - Director
  • Abraham Martin – Head of DevOps
  • Gabby Ahmadi-Assalemi – Deputy Chief Information Security
  • Kevin Brown – Programme Manager
  • Chris Garrett – Servers and Storage Manager
  • Jessica Comber-Chaney – Teaching & Learning Systems Manager
Tue 11
UIS Learning and Development: Informal Coffee morning catch-up for mentees new Finished 10:00 - 10:30 UIS Online Courses - instructor-led

An informal coffee morning catch-up for mentees enrolled in the Mentoring scheme.

Wed 12
UIS Learning and Development: Informal Coffee morning catch-up for mentors new Finished 11:00 - 11:30 UIS Online Courses - instructor-led

An informal coffee morning catch-up for mentors enrolled in the Mentoring scheme.

Thu 20
UIS new joiners welcome event new Finished 14:30 - 16:00 UIS Online Courses - instructor-led

New colleagues to UIS are invited to join a welcome event to meet our Chief Operating Officer, Steve Riley and members from our Administration and HR Office.

Mon 31
Content Community: Using data and data visualisation in content new Finished 11:30 - 12:30 UIS Online Courses - instructor-led

We all know that it can be impossible to understand data just by looking at a slew of numbers and stats. For data to be truly helpful, it needs to be presented in a logical, easy-to-understand way. This is where data visualisation comes in. It's the process of turning data into a compelling visual story through the use of graphics, like charts and graphs.

This content community event will cover:

  • how to use data visualisation effectively in your content
  • how to make your data visualisations accessible
  • data, design and content tips for success

The session is for everyone interested in using data visualisation effectively.

A recording of this event will be available on the Content Community SharePoint site for anyone who cannot attend.

November 2022

Tue 1
UIS Staff Agile Workshops - Session1 Developing Roadmaps new Finished 10:00 - 12:00 UIS Online Courses - instructor-led

In this 2 hours online session, you'll learn techniques for creating your service roadmap and how to iterate it regularly.

Wed 2
UIS Staff Agile Workshops - Session 1 Developing Roadmaps new Finished 10:00 - 12:00 UIS Online Courses - instructor-led

In this 2 hours online session, you'll learn techniques for creating your service roadmap and how to iterate it regularly.

Mon 7
UIS Staff Agile Workshops - Session 1 Developing Roadmaps new Finished 10:00 - 12:00 UIS Online Courses - instructor-led

In this 2 hours online session, you'll learn techniques for creating your service roadmap and how to iterate it regularly.