Brian Kelly

Brian Kelly

Brian Kelly is the main organiser of the IWMW 2014 event. Brian is the Innovation Advocate at Cetis, University of Bolton. Brian established the IWMW series of events in 1997 and has been chair or co-chair of the event ever since.

Brian established the event while worked at UKOLN, University of Bath. In October 2013 he started work as Innovation Advocate at Cetis, University of Bolton. Although, following the cessation of core funding from Jisc, the sustainability of the IWMW event was uncertain, thanks to the support of Cetis and Netskills and the sponsors of the event, Brian has been able to ensure this popular event continues.

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Brian Kelly will give the opening and closing plenary sessions.

Tracy Playle

Tracy Playle

Prior to founding Pickle Jar Communications in 2007, Tracy worked for the University of Warwick in the UK. Her work there embraced internal and external communications, web communications, press and media relations, broadcast PR, event management, copywriting and business development and planning.

She was previously Head of Research-TV, a broadcast PR service working on behalf of many universities and research organisations to help them raise the profile of their research on television channels around the world. During her time there she oversaw the production and distribution of more than 100 video news releases, achieving over 1500 broadcasts on television channels (including major international news networks) around the world. During this time she began to explore more opportunities for online video communications, and thus her move towards a specialism in digital media began.

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Plenary talk

Tracy will give the opening plenary talk (#P1) on “Why you don’t need a social media plan and how to create one anyway” from 14.30-15.15 on Wednesday 16 July 2014.

Paul Boag

Paul Boag

Paul Boag has been working with the web since 1994. He is now co-founder of the digital agency Headscape, where he works closely with clients to establish their web strategy.

Paul is a prolific writer having written Digital Adaptation, Website Owners Manual, Client Centric Web Design and numerous articles for publications such as .net magazine, Smashing Magazine and the econsultancy.com.

Paul also speaks extensively on various aspects of web design both at conferences across the world and on his award winning web design podcast boagworld.

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Plenary talk

Paul will give a plenary talk (#P2) on “Digital Adaptation: Time to Untie Your Hands” from 15.45-16.30 on Wednesday 16 July 2014.

Ranjit Sidhu

Ranjit Sidhu

Ranjit Sidhu (or Sid) is founder of statistics into Decisions (or SiD). Around 1998 Ranjit fell into the internet space whilst trying to run away from a career in law. Since then he has worked at several Internet based companies, but has found his niche in analysis and helping clients understand what is going on in the internet ether and how to use that information to improve what they do. Ranjit is currently working with 15 UK universities.

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Plenary talk

Ranjit will give a plenary talk (#P3) on “‘You are ALL so weird!’ University sector analysis and trends” from 16.30-17.15 on Wednesday 16 July 2014.

Sharif Salah

Sharif Salah

Sharif Salah has worked with Google technologies since early 2009 when he began a role as a Google Apps technical lead in Higher Education. Along the way this has given him the good fortune to be involved in evangelising extensively and affecting change and progress on the adoption and integration of Google Apps, Cloud Storage and App Engine both internationally and locally. More recently he has become immersed in and advocate on Google Cloud Platform, open source software as well as mobile app development and strategy.

Sharif is a frequent public speaker and spends time working with both education and startups on making the most of their move to the cloud. He is a Google Developer Expert for 2014 and a Google Qualified Developer for Google Cloud Platform.

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Plenary talk

Sharif will give a plenary talk (#P4) on “Building cost-effective, flexible and scalable education resources using Google Cloud Platform” from 09-00-09.45 on Thursday 17 July 2014.

Ross Ferguson

Ross Ferguson

Ross Ferguson is the Head of the Digital Marketing and Communications team at the University of Bath.

The role is responsible for the strategic direction and development of the University’s digital marketing and communications. Prior to joining the University, Ross managed digital products and services for organisations in the public and private sectors, including the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and the Government Digital Service.

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Plenary talk

Ross will give a plenary talk (#P4) on “Using the start-up playbook to reboot a big university website” from 09.45-10.30 on Thursday 17 July 2014.

Neil Allison

Neil Allison

Neil Allison is Head of User Experience for the University Website Programme at the University of Edinburgh.

He believes everyone has responsibility for user experience, and with a background in education and training, works to give colleagues the skills and confidence to conduct their own research and inform their work. He is an active member of the Scottish chapter of the UX Professionals Association.

Neil is currently playing the role of product owner in the agile development of a new University CMS and leading the evolution of the website’s information architecture.

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Plenary talk and workshop session

Neil will give a plenary talk (#P5) on “Marketing is dead, long live UX” from 11.00-11.45 on Thursday 17 July 2014. He will also facilitate with Bruce Darby a workshop session (#A3) on “Making Personas Work” (session A3) from 16.00-17.30 on Thursday 17 July 2014.

Martin Hawksey

Martin Hawksey

Martin Hawksey has held advisory roles within the UK educational technology sector for a number of government funded services. In these roles he has supported staff in the exploration and adoption of innovative approaches to teaching and learning. Martin was an early adopter of Google Apps Script recently been recognised as a Google Developers Expert (GDE) and this tool regularly features in the solutions he publishes on his personal blog.

As Chief Innovation, Technology and Community Officer at the Association for Learning Technology (ALT) his work is focused on the development of ALT’s member services exploring how connectivist approaches can be used to support the community. This includes the application of data aggregation and dissemination techniques using existing open source platforms such as WordPress.

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Plenary talk and workshop session

Martin will give a plenary talk (#P6) on “Hyper-connectEd: Filling the vacuum by switching from blow to suck” from 14.00-14.45 on Thursday 17 July 2014. He will also facilitate a workshop session (#A1)  on “Rapid Development: Analytics reporting powered by Google Apps Scripts” (session A2) from 16.00-17.30 on Thursday 17 July 2014.

Chris Gutteridge

Chris Gutteridge

Christopher Gutteridge works as the Linked Open Data Architect at the University of Southampton. He is  lead developer for data.ac.uk which was launched in March 2013. In 2012 he accepted the Times Higher Education award for “Outstanding IT Initiative of the Year”  for the data.southampton.ac.uk project. Before working on Linked Open Data services, Chris was lead developer for EPrints.  Chris is a strong supporter of Open Standards, Research, Access and Data; but puts the emphasis on pragmatic rather than perfect solutions.

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Plenary talk and workshop session

Chris will give a plenary talk (#P8) with Andrew Milsted on “What Does The Data Tell Us About UK University Web Sites?” from 14.45-15.30 on Thursday 17 July 2014. He will also facilitate with Andrew Milsted a workshop session (#A7) on “Working with data.ac.uk, Creating your Institution’s OPD (Organisational Profile Document)” from 16.00-17.30 on Thursday 17 July 2014.

Andrew Milsted

Andrew Milsted works at the University of Southampton.

Plenary talk and workshop session

Andrew will give a plenary talk (#P8) with Christopher Gutteridge on “What Does The Data Tell Us About UK University Web Sites?” from 14.45-15.30 on Thursday 17 July 2014. He will also facilitate with Christopher Gutteridge a workshop session (#A7) on “Working with data.ac.uk, Creating your Institution’s OPD (Organisational Profile Document)” from 16.00-17.30 on Thursday 17 July 2014.

Martin Morrey

Martin Morrey

Martin Morrey is the manager of the Web Integration Team at the University of Edinburgh, with responsibility for portal, wiki, web hosting and web development services.  He has been working with the web for 18 years, and the mobile web for 14 years (remember WAP?).

He presented at EDUCAUSE last year on “Adding Analytics to the University Portal.”

Formerly an e-learning specialist and software entrepreneur, he won a SMART award in 2000 to develop a mobile-learning system and was co-founder of Intrallect Ltd.

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Plenary talk

Martin will give a plenary talk (#P9) on “Rebooting MyEd – Making the Portal Relevant Again” from 09.30-10.15 on Friday 18 July 2014.

Hiten Vaghmaria

Hiten Vaghmaria

Hiten Vaghmaria is Head of Digital Development at the University of Westminster, where he leads a team responsible for the operation and development of web-based services for students and staff. Previously, Hiten has worked as a Service and Product Manager for the University of Edinburgh and the BBC.

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Plenary talk

Hiten will give a plenary talk (#P10) on “Allocating Work: Providing Tools for Academics” from 10.15-11.00 on Friday 18 July 2014.

David Cornforth

David Cornforth

David Cornforth is a designer living in Newcastle. He spends his time designing and building digital products that involve a mix of interaction design, content strategy, web development and project management.  He is Developer/Analyst for Jisc infoNet which is based at Northumbria University.

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Workshop session

David Cornforth and Richard West will facilitate a workshop session on “Reframing Content Strategy” (session A2) from 16.00-17.30 on Thursday 17 July 2014.

Richard West

Richard West is passionate about user experience and great content.

He leads a team of content editors at Jisc keeping their site focused on their users. He is also working on a project to simplify and unify Jisc’s portfolio of 80+ sites.

Previously he was at UWE Bristol managing ‘soft’ communications to their enquirers, applicants, freshers and alumni. He also launched and managed their Twitter and Facebook presences.

Contact Details

Richard WestEmail: r.west@jisc.ac.uk

Twitter: https://twitter.com/rvwest

Linkedin: http://uk.linkedin.com/in/rvwest/

Organisational website: http://www.jisc.ac.uk/

Richard West and David Cornforth facilitated a session on Reframing Content Strategy (session A2) from 16.00-17.30 on Thursday 17 July 2014.

Bruce Darby

Bruce Darby

Bruce Darby is a project manager for the University Website Programme and UX lead in an agile development project to build a new Content Management System for the University of Edinburgh. He is using personas in this project every day.

Bruce also has 10 years experience supporting disabled students with assistive technology and accessibility testing of websites and software.

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Workshop session

Bruce Darby will facilitate with Neil Allison a workshop session on “Making Personas Work” (session A3) from 16.00-17.30 on Thursday 17 July 2014.

Richard Prowse

Richard Prowse

Richard Prowse is Web Content Manager at the University of Bath, where he leads a team responsible for the management and creation of content.

Co-founder of Bath’s first content strategy meetup. He is passionate about content, information architecture and user experience.

He has previously spoken at IWMW events and regularly posts on the subject of content strategy on his personal blog Content Bear.

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Workshop session

Richard will facilitate a workshop session on “Learning to COPE (Create, Once, Publish Everywhere)” (session A4) from 16.00-17.30 on Thursday 17 July 2014.

Helen Sargan

Helen Sargan

Helen Sargan has been a webmaster since 1994, and in IT since 1990. A career before that as an editor in scientific and medical textbooks and journals gives a different perspective on information. 2012/13 saw the redesign of the University web templates and their installation into Drupal and Plone, and 2014 saw us switch to Funnelback as our site search engine. Although currently absorbed in supporting the new templates and managing and supporting a Plone-based content management service that uses them, the process also includes encouraging people to use analytics and introducing them to what the analytics show about the way their sites are being used.

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Workshop session

Helen will facilitate a workshop session on “Google Analytics For Beginners” (session A5) from 16.00-17.30 on Thursday 17 July 2014.

Scott Wilson

Scott Wilson

Note that Scott Wilson is now no loner able to attend the IWMW 2014 event.

Scott Wilson has worked in both the software industry and public sector, particularly in the areas of interoperability and open standards. Scott has a great deal of practical experience of open development; he is a committer on several projects at the Apache Software Foundation, and is chair of the Apache Wookie project. He is also co-chair of several W3C groups. Scott has also been involved with numerous European-funded collaborative ICT projects, leading work packages and developing proposals.

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Workshop session

Scott will no longer co-facilitate the workshop session on “How to Buy Free Software” (session A6) from 16.00-17.30 on Thursday 17 July 2014. Mark Johnson will now be the sole facilitator.

Mark Johnson

Mark Johnson

Mark Johnson comes from a web development background having worked in Further Education as a Moodle developer since 2009. His work has seen him contribute code to the open source VLE as well as starting his own open source projects. He also presents The Ubuntu Podcast and organises OggCamp, a free culture unconference.  Mark joined OSS Watch in 2012 and uses the experience he’s gained to advise and support developers who want to contribute to the open source community.

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Workshop session

Mark will facilitate a workshop session on “How to Buy Free Software” (session A6) from 16.00-17.30 on Thursday 17 July 2014.

Mike Nolan

Mike Nolan

Mike Nolan is Head of Web Services at Edge Hill University where he is responsible for development  of external Web sites and a portal service for staff and students.

Michael has previously facilitated sessions at IWMW events on a variety of topics and  regularly posts about HE web development topics on the Edge Hill Web Services blog.

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Workshop and panel session

Mike Nolan will facilitate a workshop session on “WordPress as a CMS” (session A8) from 16.00-17.30 on Thursday 17 July 2014. He will also take part in a panel session on “What is our vision for the institutional web and can we implement that vision?” from 11.30-12.15 on Friday 18 July 2014.