The Institutional Web Management Workshop is the premier event for the UK’s higher educational web management community.

The annual 3-day event provides opportunities for those with responsibilities for managing institutional web services and related digital channels to learn from case studies, hear about innovative approaches and share and discuss challenges in managing institutional web services.

The event attracts core members of institutional Web teams such as developers, designers, content creators and managers.


The Institutional Web Management Workshop (IWMW) series was launched in 1997 to provide an opportunity for those with responsibilities in managing institutional web services to develop their professional skills, keep informed of new developments and develop and cultivate their professional networks.

The IWMW has been held annually since 1997. Over the past 22 years it has taken place at higher educational institutions throughout the country.

Recent IWMW events: [IWMW 2014] – [IWMW 2015] – [IWMW 2016] – [IWMW 2017] – [IWMW 2018

IWMW 1997

Theme: Running An Institutional Web Service
Dates: 7 – 9 July 1997
Host: Kings College London


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IWMW 1998

Dates: 15-17 September 1998
Host: Newcastle University
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IWMW 1999

Theme: The Next Steps
Dates: 7 – 9 September 1999
Host: Goldsmiths College, London
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IWMW 2000

Theme: The Joined-Up Web
Dates: 6 – 8 September 2000
Host: University of Bath
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IWMW 2001

Theme: Organising Chaos
Dates: 25 – 27 June 2001
Host: Queen’s University Belfast
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IWMW 2002

Theme: The Pervasive Web
Dates: 18 – 20 June 2002
Host: Strathclyde University
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IWMW 2003

Theme: Supporting Our Users
Dates: 11 – 13 June 2003
Host: University of Kent
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IWMW 2004

Theme: Transforming the Organisation
Dates: 27 – 29 July 2004
Host: University of Birmingham
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IWMW 2005

Theme: Whose Web Is It Anyway?
Dates: 6 – 8 July 2005
Host: University of Manchester
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IWMW 2006

Theme: Quality Matters
Dates: 14 – 16 June 2006
Host: University of Bath
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IWMW 2007

Theme: Next Steps for the Web Management Community
Dates: 16 – 18 July 2007
Host: University of York
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IWMW 2008

Theme: The Great Debate
Dates: 22 – 24 July 2008
Host: University of Aberdeen
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IWMW 2009

Dates: 28 – 30 July 2009
Host: University of Essex
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IWMW 2010

Theme: The Web in Turbulent Times
Dates: 12 – 14 July 2010
Host: University of Sheffield
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IWMW 2011

Theme: Responding to Change
Dates: 25 – 26 July 2011
Host: University of Reading
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IWMW 2012

Theme: Embedding Innovation
Dates: 18 – 20 June 2012
Host: University of Edinburgh
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IWMW 2013

Dates: 26 – 28 June 2013
Host: University of Bath
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IWMW 2014

Theme: Rebooting the Web
Dates: 16 – 18 July 2014
Host: Northumbria University
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IWMW 2015

Theme: Beyond the Digital: Transforming the Institution
Dates: 27 – 29 July 2015
Host: Edge Hill University
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IWMW 2016

IWMW 2017

The future of the event was reviewed at IWMW 2013 and it was clear that there was a demand for the event to continue, in order that web managers are able to continue to support and develop web services which are essential for delivering institutional services and can respond to new opportunities provided by the web.

From 1997 until 2013 the IWMW event was provided by UKOLN and supported by Jisc. Following the cessation of Jisc’s core funding for UKOLN, the IWMW 2014 event was provided by Cetis and Jisc Netskills in conjunction with Brian Kelly, who founded the event. The IWMW 2016 event was organised by Brian Kelly (UK Web Focus) and Liverpool John Moores University, supported by an advisory group.

IWMW 2017 was held at the University of Kent.  The event was organised by Brian Kelly (UK Web Focus), Claire Gibbons and the University of Kent, supported by an advisory group.

IWMW 2018 will be held at the University of York on 11-13 July 2018. The co-chairs will again be Brian Kelly and Claire Gibbons who are support by the IWMW 2018 Advisory Group.

The Context

  • The IWMW event has been held across the UK since its launch in 1997.
  • The event regularly attracts up to 200 participants with responsibilities for supporting the provision and management of institutional web services.
  • The event provides an opportunity for practitioners to share their experiences and approaches with their peers.
  • Vendors and consultants have also spoken at IWMW events, but are discouraged for simple marketing presentations.
  • IWMW social events provide participants with opportunities for informal networking

The Recent IWMW Event

  • IWMW 2018 was held at the University of York on 11-13 July 2018.
  • IWMW 2018 was the 22nd in the series.
  • Details of IWMW 2018 were announced on the UK Web Focus blog on 25 October 2017.
  • The IWMW 2018 Advisory Group advised on the event content and format.