Project journal

Title Description Author Post date
University of Edinburgh Contributes to UCISA Project and Change Management Best Practice Resource

Mark Ritchie, the Deputy Director and Head of Project Services within Applications Division, also chairs the Project and Change Management Group for the University and Colleges Information Systems Association (UCISA).

In this capacity Mark has promoted and developed the Major Projects Governance Assessment Toolkit for adoption as a UCISA Best Practice resource.

Mark Ritchie 25-Aug-2014
OUTAGE - website offline at 11:30am Tuesday 20th for 30 minutes

The projects website will be going offline at 11:30am on Tuesday 20th to allow for a maintenance tasks. The site will be offline for approximately 30 minutes.


Dawn Holmes 20-May-2014
New RSS Feed for Project News Articles

A new RSS feed has been added to the projects website homepage to allow users to subscribe to the latest project news articles.


Dawn Nichols IS Applications Division

Dawn Holmes 25-Apr-2014
PMO team presenting at UCISA 2014

Rhian Davies and Mark Ritchie are presenting a poster session at the annual UCISA conference in Brighton on 26th March, talking about some of the ways in which Project Services have helped to develop a project culture at the University.

For more details please see

Dawn Nicholls IS Applications Division


Dawn Holmes 26-Mar-2014
Enhancements to the Projects Website

In response to user feedback, a number of enhancements have been applied to the Projects Website including: -

Dawn Holmes 02-Apr-2014
Ediburgh University Contributes To UCISA Good Practice Guide For IT Infrastructure Projects

Iain Fiddes, from IS Applications Development Services, has developed a new good practice guide "Delivering Business Benefits From IT Infrastructure Projects" which has been published by the University and Colleges Information Systems Association (UCISA).

The paper proposes techniques to be used to improve the identification and realisation of business benefits from IT infrastructure projects and includes case studies taken from recent University projects including Shared Academic Timetabling and EUCLID. The paper recommends:

Mark Ritchie 03-Dec-2013
Projects Website supporting Learning and Teaching

The projects website is increasingly being used across the University to support a wide range of projects being managed by areas other than IS Applications.

For example, the Technology Enhanced Learning Programme run by User Services Division, which focuses on providing joined up tools and infrastructure to support core teaching and learning within the University and incorporates the work of the eLearning and Information Skills team.

Maurice Franceschi 25-Nov-2013
Agile Software Development - Survey Results

In July IS Applications ran a survey on the uptake of agile software development and agile techniques in Higher Education across the UK, America and Canada. 

We posted the invitation on the UCISA PCMG mailing list and the EDUCAUSE Project mailing list in and were delighted to received feedback from 38 institutions  - 21 in the UK and 17 in North America. 

The analysis of the feedback is now complete and the results are available online at

Dawn Holmes 09-Oct-2013
Enhancements To The Projects Website

In response to user feedback, a number of enhancements have been applied to the site over the last week including: -

Dawn Holmes 25-Sep-2013