BencHEIT Taskforce Workshop in Bologna Dec 1st 2014

Ciao Dear Friends!

We are pleased to invite you to participate in the third EUNIS higher education IT benchmarking workshop, organised by the EUNIS BencHEIT Task Force and hosted by CINECA on the 1st of December 2014 in Bologna, Italy.

Participation in the event is open, free of charge, to all EUNIS Members. If you are not a EUNIS Member Institution, but interested in this topic, please contact Michele Mennielli ( to learn more about the event. There are limited number of seats available, but it might be possible for you to attend.

Participants will have to register using the form below  (deadline November 16th) and, if needed, book a hotel room.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Update on the BENCHEIT benchmarking round using 2013 data, planned changes and improvements for the next round
  • Experiences and best practices on how to use IT benchmarking results for the benefit of IT leaders in European universities
  • Update on a UCISA initiative in the UK to measure the digital readiness and IT capabilities of both higher education students and personnel; Discussion on how we could make this a European wide initiative
  • Update on the CHEITA IT benchmarking group, which is attempting to take higher education IT benchmarking a step further by combining data from EDUCAUSE (USA), UCISA (UK), South Africa, Australia as well as the Europe wide BENCHEIT benchmarking and bring the top level IT cost data together in a mutually comparable form, taking into account the size and complexity of the participating institutions.

The final agenda will be circulating in the next days.

The workshop will take the whole day on Monday 1st December (09:00 – 17:00 CET), followed by a dinner together.

Hope to see you all soon in Bologna!

Register to the event

How to arrive in Bologna

Flights: Guglielmo Marconi International Airport is located 15 minutes out of the city center and links Bologna to major international hubs and, with over 90 domestic and foreign destinations, places Bologna at the centre of business connections.

Trains: Located in the productive heart of northern Italy, Bologna is one of the country’s most important railway junctions, now served by new high-speed trains (30’ from Florence; 1h from Milan; 2h from Rome)

Where to sleep

A fixed fee is available at the Stars Hotel Excelsior in Bologna, where the event will be. To book a room for a fixed price, use one of the following forms:

Other options:

– Hotel Orologio:

– Hotel Novecento:

Additional hotels with CINECA discounts can be found at the CINECA website.

September 30th: EUNIS to speak on ERAI in Orlando

During the upcoming EDUCAUSE annual conference in Orlando, Florida; Johan Bergström and Michele Mennielli will speak about the ERAI project and exchange ideas with the session participants on how this project could evolve. If you are planning to be in Orlando for the conference, please make sure you stop by and take the opportunity to discuss this with us. The session will be held in meeting room W207C, Tuesday Sep 3oth @11:40.

JISC initiative: From Prospects to Alumnus

On behalf of Jisc, we would like to bring to your attention an online consultation: “From Prospects to Alumnus” (

The survey is open until the end of August 26, and Jisc would really value your input. It is part of the consultation process for a Jisc co-design project: for which Jisc are keen to gain a wide range of views.

A workshop will take place on September 4th in London, where areas for intervention and candidate projects will be agreed. The workshop is by invitation only, but if you are interested in the Prospect to Alumnus area (student relationship management lifecycle), from a cross-sector and information management perspective, and would particularly like to attend and contribute to the workshop, Jisc could accommodate one or two people in order to bring other European good practices to the table.

Please contact Simon Whittemore ( if you would like to participate.

New EUNIS Project – ERAI

ERAI – the EUNIS Research and Analysis Initiative – wants to be the answer to a very simple question: where can I find information about the use and trends of IT for the European Higher Education system?

The main goal of ERAI will be to provide a platform where to find this very information and share it. Through ERAI, EUNIS will:

  • provide case studies from specific countries
  • compare studies between two or several countries
  • share contributions coming from Members
  • write EUNIS specific articles
  • publish and promote surveys and analysis of the working group

An internal working group has been created in order to analyse the best possible structure this project can have. Johan Bergström of Umeå University, Sweden, has been asked to lead and coordinate the working group.

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