Project journal

Title Description Author Post date
IS Applications Project Update - 19th September

New Projects

QMP Upgrade 2014/15(TEL018) - (project site available shortly)

Postgraduate Research Student Lifecycle (SAC041) -

UniDesk Service Level Management (SMI007) - (project site available shortly)


Projects at the End of Planning

Mark Ritchie 25-Sep-2014
Successful Start of Term for IT Services

Week 1 of start of term 2014 has been completed successfully with IT services generally running well through this busy period. Staff in Information Services and our business partner organisations have worked effectively to ensure that even those IT services with known issues have continued to deliver a good services for students and staff over the critical start of term. IS Applications would like to thank colleagues for their  engagement with the process this year and for their contribution to the delivery of smooth running and stable IT services.

Mark Ritchie 22-Sep-2014
IS Applications Project Update - 12th September 2014

New Projects

MyEd Continuous Improvement(WEB006) - (Project Site available shortly)


Projects at the End of Planning

CRM for HSS Options Appraisal (HSS004) -

Mark Ritchie 17-Sep-2014
IS Apps Project Update - 5th September 2014

New Projects

Question Mark Perception Upgrade 2014/15 (TEL018) (Project Web Site available shortly)

Projects at the End of Planning

Essential Enhancements for Finance Applications 2014/15 (FIN099)

Mark Ritchie 12-Sep-2014
Certification Exam Success for IS Applications Division Staff

A number of staff in our Project Services team have just passed external certification examinations in project and programme management. These exams are used worldwide to demonstrate a good level of understanding of industry best practice in these key disciplines. The staff achieving certification were:

Mark Ritchie 08-Sep-2014
External Recognition for the Projects Web Site

Ron Rosenhead, CEO of the Project Agency author of Strategies for Project Sponsorship and respected project management consultant recently interviewed Mark Ritchie, the Head of Project Services, and commented favourably on the IS Applications Projects Web Site in his blog "How much project management information do you share"

Mark Ritchie 25-Aug-2014
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

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