Spent a lot of today meeting a newly appointed IT Director of another Russell Group University. Of course I showed him round the Information Commons and I'm pleased to say he was impressed. We also shared information on a number of developments in our institutions - it's one of the things I like about working in education is that we're very good at sharing information. They were particularly interested in our CampusM development. I finally got a working version on my iPhone today - lots of things still to modify but it's looking good. Some good ideas from their side as well which I'm going to pursue - especially around PC management in academic departments.
Lots of stuff going on at the moment - we've just begun a major review of our VLE and also of our portal service. Depending on the outcome, we could be undertaking some major changes next year. uSpace (our collaboration environment) and Google mail for students have gone live - generally very successful but with some minor issues which we're working to solve as they arise. And we're trying to cope with the loss of 20 staff, at the same time as the students have returned. Everyone across all areas of the department working really hard and pulling together really well - thanks folks.