Off to Manchester to a UCISA Leadership Forum. Lots of networking tonight and meeting colleagues - always good to share information and swop experiences. We also had a very inspiring talk about why Leadership is important in IT. The main message being that we need to understand the business of the Univeristy, not just IT - we need to rise above the operational and firefighting issues and not stay in our IT bubble. Our institutions need us as we have a good understanding of cost control, of managing user expectations, of risk management, of business process change and of rationalisation. Difficult times are facing all sectors, including ours, and we need to extend our sphere of influence and show that we can achieve.