CPHC Annual Conference 2007

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Preliminary Programme

(As at 12 March 2007)

All sessions—apart from the Reception and Dinner—to be held in the Professional Development Centre at the University of Birmingham's School of Medicine on 19th and 20th April, 2007. (Travel directions)

Day One

12:00 Registration
12:30 Lunch


Update on CPHC activities since last conference (Keith Mander):

  • Update on student numbers
  • Promotional activities
  • Links with BCS (administration, Learned Society)
  • Accreditation & related issues (Roland Ibbett)
  • Benchmarking (update from Andrew McGettrick)
15:15 Tea
15:45 Annual General Meeting, including Election of Officers for 2007–9

Other Reports:

  • Progress report on RAE arrangements (Keith van Rijsbergen)
  • European Research Council/European Institute of Technology (Wendy Hall)
  • Post-RAE2008 and metrics
17:30 Break
19:00 Reception, with guests at The Burlington Hotel
19:30 Dinner at The Burlington Hotel

Day Two
Briefings on National & International Issues


How HE Computing should respond to the Skills agenda:

  • Margaret Sambell (Head of Strategy, e-skills UK)
  • Leitch Review (Keith Mander)
  • BCS perspective (Nigel Shadbolt)
10:30 Coffee

Employer Engagement:

  • Matthew Bishop (UK Business and Marketing Officer, Microsoft)
  • Michael Gough (Chief Executive, National Computing Centre)
Matthew Bishop is responsible for the success of five of Microsoft's commercial business groups, as well as the Marketing and Corporate Affairs organisation in the UK. His remit covers orchestrating the direction and success of the sales, marketing and services resources in each of the business groups, as well as leading the marketing teams responsible for promoting the company's commercial products and services. Prior to this role, Matthew has worked as Senior Director, Developer Platform Evangelism (DPE) and Senior Director of Government (EMEA regions). Prior to joining Microsoft, Matthew was a civil servant in the UK Government Cabinet Office, where his team advised ministers on e-government goals for electronic service delivery and produced the first e-government Green Paper in Europe. Matthew leads the Information Space activity within the i2010 workstream of the DTI's Information Age Partnership.
Michael Gough is Chief Executive of the National Computing Centre, in which capacity he was responsible for re-building the NCC after it de-merged its commercial activities in 1999, into the UK's leading IT membership organisation serving the corporate, vendor and government communities. Prior to leading NCC Michael was Head of Technology Strategy for Sema Group UK where he was responsible for technical governance and knowledge management processes for the core systems integration business.
12:30 Lunch

Research Futures:

  • EPSRC perspective (John Hand, Programme Manager for ICT, EPSRC)
  • International Review (Mike Rodd, Director - Learned Society & External Relations, BCS)
15:00 Closing remarks
15:30 Close of conference

Presentation Slides

Copies of slides from the conference sessions will be available on the CPHC web site.