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Call for 2014 EUNIS Elite Award

Call for 2014 EUNIS Elite Award for Excellence in implementing Information Systems for Higher Education

The EUNIS Board of Directors is pleased to invite submissions for the 14th EUNIS Elite Award for Excellence.

Goal of the Award

The main purpose of the Award is to recognize and promote best practice in some aspect of the use of information systems in higher education in Europe. The competition will:

  • recognize excellence
  • stimulate wider awareness and use of information systems in research, administration and community service in institutions
  • encourage best practices

Submissions for the Award may come from any area related to information systems, including for example:

  • Portals
  • Identity Management
  • Administrative Information Systems

Judging criteria

The panel of judges needs to see an evidence of successful implementation. Entries will score well if they clearly show some or all of the following:

  • Demonstrable benefits to the target community
  • Efficiency and productivity gains
  • Innovation
  • Imagination
  • Collaboration
  • High levels of technological integration
  • Transferability to other organizations

Entries will not be restricted to in-house developments only. Solutions acquired elsewhere will also be accepted for consideration by the judges, but there must be clear evidence of original and imaginative use of the technology by the institution making the submission.

Rules for submission

All members of EUNIS are eligible to compete for the Award, including institutions in national organizations in membership of EUNIS.
Only one entry per institution will be accepted.
A member of the winning team must register to attend the Congress and be ready to present and preferably make a demonstration of the project.
The submission document for the Award should describe:

  • The goals of the project
  • The environment in which the project takes place, including technical, administrative and financial constraints
  • The results of the project and its impact on the institution
  • The state of development of the project
  • Any planned further developments
  • The applicability of the project to other institutions

A brief summary of the project is also required.

Submission procedure and deadline for 2014

Extended abstract submission at EUNIS 2014 Congress (see, and in the same time, indication of intention to submit an entry for the Award contest.

Contest entry submissions (limited to 6 to 8 pages): deadline is 31 January 31, 2014
All entries should be sent by email to the EUNIS Executive Secretary, Jean-François Desnos (


The project team of the winning submission will receive an honorary diploma and an art piece. The winner of the Award will have an invited slot at the Congress. The winning presentation will be put on the EUNIS web together with the previous winners.

Previous Winners

1999: Oxford Brookes University (UK)
2001: Helsinki University of Technology (Finland) and University of Porto (Portugal)
2002: London School of Economics (UK)
2003: Technische Universität Graz (Austria)
2004: University of Manchester (UK)
2005: Masaryk University Brno (Czech Republic)
2006: Universitat Jaume I Castello (Spain)
2007: MUCI Consortium (Poland)
2008 to 2010: no award
2011: AlmaLaurea Interuniversity Consortium (Italy)
2012 : Waterford Institute of Technology (Ireland)

2013: University of Porto and FCCN Portugal


Bomgar – University for the Creative Arts

Meeting the Changing Support Needs of the University Across Five Campuses and Internationally

 The University for the Creative Arts (UCA) is a specialist university formed to foster a unique community for its students around subjects including fine art, digital media, journalism, animation, crafts, fashion and photography. UCA has five campuses and several annex sites across the South-East of England, including Chatham Historical Dockyards and Maidstone TV Studios.

Before using Bomgar, UCA found its IT team was facing challenges around remote support on both the business and technical sides. The biggest challenge was supporting an increasing number of staff working remotely and travelling internationally as part of the University’s recruitment and internationalisation strategies. Together with the growing number of different devices being used by staff connecting to the network, this placed new challenges on the University’s service desk and support teams when it came to dealing with requests.

Read the case study here

EUA e-learning survey: deadline Nov 18

EUA is carrying out an online survey on e-learning among its members and other higher education institutions. The purpose of the survey is to find out more about the capacities of European higher education institutions for e-learning and assess their perceptions regarding the changes and their impact on learning and teaching in general. The second part of the survey is dedicated to the topic of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), given that relatively little information exists on their growth in Europe.

Please follow this link to the Survey:

The data collected through the survey, which is anonymous, will be published in a study to provide information to our members, and also feed into the European higher education policy debate on technology-enhanced education and e-learning. This includes the discussion on the innovation of learning and teaching in the context of the EU Modernisation Agenda, the recently launched European Commission Communication on “Opening up education” (September 2013) and the Bologna Process, to which EUA contributes actively.
EUA will also use the results to devise measures for supporting and networking higher education institutions interested in the matter. The issue will be addressed in the framework of our upcoming Annual Conference at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) in Brussels on 3-4 April 2014, which we hope you can join.

The survey should be completed and submitted by 18 November 2013.

If your institution does not offer e-learning and you therefore do not wish to take the survey, we would appreciate a short notifying email to

For any questions or if you wish to receive a copy of the survey, please contact