The main focus is the conference – July 14 at Kassam. Please contact the Steering Committee with your ideas for workshops and plenary sessions. Sponsorship has begun to be committed, everyone is encouraged to ask about conference sponsorship when doing their purchasing deals.
There was no report except to say that a new College rep is required by this group. This is a small group handling University-wide agreements (only those on a smaller scale that MS campus though). All the Divisions are represented and the commitment would only need to be about 1 hour per term. Anyone willing should contact Tony Brett as Richard Saxton is retiring next week.
Tom Anstey reported that some people/departments are being pulled in multiple directions. Medical departments are expected to follow the (might tighter) Cabinet Office guidelines which contain 70 mandatory checkpoints.
It is suggested that joint SIGs could be formed, also there could/would be joint meetings of the reciprocal collaboration SIGs. It was reported that a request for information about existing collaborations had identified about 20 existing college and departmental collaborations.
Paul indicated that there was about £1.5M/year to be allocated and that people were welcome to bid for a slice. He noted that the 2011-12 pot would be 10% down, £1.35M. Funded items included Groupware, ISBP. Central Machine Room soft-fit (racks, cooling). There would be racks available for rent in the Central Machine Room.