The University of Strathclyde and IT outsourcer Capita have launched a series of education technology debates.
The debates aim to offer an insight into how future technology will shape education, and help higher education institutions (HEIs) improve teaching, learning and research.
The first in the series, entitled "Collaboration: Enhancing the art of conversation", has already taken place at the university with an audience of around 60 academic and professional services staff. There was a panel of experts including Steve Legg, university relations manager at IBM UK, and Ken Harley, sales director for UK education at Dell.
The debate was chaired by professor William Kerr, of the University of Strathclyde's Department of Pure and Applied Chemistry. The panel explored how the university could harness emerging and potential innovations in communications technologies, to help it improve internal and external communications and to enhance collaborative programmes.
Peter Hands, executive director of Capita IT Services, gave a keynote presentation outlining advances in communications, data sharing and collaboration.
Hands said: "We want this series of discussions to inform and inspire change in the way the university uses IT and communications, helping to create a centre for excellence and driving change throughout the higher education industry."
Professor Kerr said: "This series of panel debates is an excellent outcome to our partnership with Capita, and will allow us to share ideas, discuss trends, and escalate collaborative engagements, all whilst helping us to get the best use out of future technologies."
Last year, the University of Strathclyde brought in Capita as a strategic partner to improve its IT services as part of a five-year contract.
The next debate is "The future of public service delivery: Partnership working to succeed in new situations" on 11 June.
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