We are pleased to provide details of the IWMW 2019 event, the annual 3-day Institutional Web Management Workshop.

IWMW 2019 will take place at the University of Greenwich on 25-27 June. The cost of the event is £420, which includes 2 nights’ accommodation, meals and social events (although note that online bookings are not yet available).

The theme of this year’s event, the 23rd in the series, is Times They Are A-Changin’. The talks, workshops and other sessions at the event will explore how institutions are responding to the changing times higher educational institutions currently face and provide an opportunity for delegates to learn from their peers and from sponsors who with closely with the sector.

The programme for the event is currently being finalised, but we are able to announce details of the opening day.

The opening session, on Changing Times Across the Institution, the Sector … and for Future Audiences, begins with a talk on “Collective Genius – how to nurture a sustainable creative culture” by Martyn Edwards, Associate Director, Marketing, Recruitment and International at Swansea University. As described in the abstract, this talk addresses challenges we all face in the higher education sector:

We find ourselves in a period of rapid change and turbulence, wracked by adverse geopolitical and demographic headwinds.  During periods of such uncertainty our ability to drive digital innovation and collaborate effectively can be a source of enduring competitive advantage. Martyn will share his experience of trying to consciously cultivate a fertile environment where staff are encouraged to take risks, develop their resilience to failure and the creative process is protected.

Dan Jackson, Senior UX Designer, Voice + Artificial Intelligence at the BBC explores the changing audiences we may be supporting in 20 years in a talk on “Deceptively Simple – Designing a voice experience for an audience that is still learning to speak“. In the talk he will describe how the BBC approached the unique challenge described in the title.

In the final talk in the opening session Ayala Gordon. University of Southampton will address a question which will probably be relevant for many of the delegates: Your big digital transformation project has been approved, now what?”

The IWMW 2019 web site will shortly be updated with details of the event programme and online bookings will be opened shortly afterwards.