Conference Day 1

Tuesday | 4 July 2023

Conference Day 2

Wednesday | 5 July 2023

Conference Day 3

Thursday | 6 July 2023


SCHOMS Partner Exhibition

Tuesday 4 July 2023

09:05| Day 1

The Great Hall

Exhibition Opens

Welcome SCHOMS Partners

09:00| Day 1

The Great Hall

SCHOMS Welcome to Exhibition Day

Mark Dunlop - SCHOMS Chair

09:15 | Day 1

The Great Hall

AVIXA Drop-in Opens

Come and drop-in on the AVIXA team with any questions you have about member benefits, education, certification, team rosters or anything else you’d like to discuss. In attendance will be Paul Streffon, Senior Staff Instructor & Technical Advisor, Sarah Carless, Member Relations Manager and Ben Barnard, Regional Manager.”

Ben Barnard

Avixa | Regional Manager UK & Ireland

Paul Streffon

Avixa | Senior Staff Instructor / Technical Advisor

Sarah Carless

Avixa | Member Relations  Manager, UK & Ireland

10:50 | Day 1

Muster at the Great Hall Foyer

Campus Tour - Parallel Activity

Glen Donnachie and Team- Swansea University

Delegates and partners invited to an optional campus tour for a look at facilities and discuss spaces and technologies

13:00 | Day 1

The Great Hall

Exhibition Continues

13:15 | Day 1

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Partners and Delegate Round Tables: Future of Learning Technologies - Practical Approaches to Hybrid Learning

Name - Designation

17:15 | Day 1

The Great Hall

Exhibition Closes / Day End

09:00 | Day 2

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Welcome to the Conference Presentations

Mark Dunlop - Chair


Wednesday 6 July 2023

09:05 | Day 2

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Welcome to Swansea University

Paul Westmore - Swansea University

Paul joined Swansea University in February 2022, bringing extensive experience within the Higher Education sector having come from Plymouth University (where he was IT Director for 8 years and successfully led their digital transformation strategy). Paul has worked at senior levels within both the public and private sectors including retail, banking, software engineering and central government, with a proven track record of building cross functional teams to deliver major change programmes.

Since Paul’s arrival he has put in place the University’s Digital Strategy, and re-organised the IT department to professionalise service delivery. This has included the introduction of a new Cyber Security team, Business Partner team, a larger and reformed Service Desk team, Change Control team and Contracts team.

Email: [email protected]

09:20 | Day 2

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Gaming in a Pandemic

Alex Humphreys - Presenter | Journalist | Technologist | Author

A familiar face in Wales, Alex is a bubbly and creative presenter, journalist and author, with a wealth of live broadcasting experience – most notably with CBBC's children's news programme, Newsround, BBC news programmes and S4C’s national weather service.

Born in Chester, Alex grew up in Flintshire in Wales with a Welsh language education. After studying music in Cardiff University, Alex joined the office of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, before moving into broadcasting, where her programme credits include CBBC’s flagship programme, Blue Peter and the BBC Proms.

In 2014, Alex began producing and presenting Ffeil: a Welsh-language children’s TV news programme, produced by BBC Wales. This led to her co-presenting S4C’s primetime entertainment series, Band Cymru, along with co-presenting coverage of the world's biggest youth festival - the Urdd Eisteddfod.

In 2018, Alex became one of the presenters on CBBC’s Newsround, a role which included interviewing countless celebrities, such as David Baddiel and Olly Murs. Since then, Alex has presented CBBC ‘s Live Lessons, worked as Senior Journalist Reporter on BBC1’s Wales Live, reported for BBC Breakfast, the BBC's technology programme, Click, and BBC1’s Sunday Morning Live.

Passionate about gaming, Alex has presented several radio documentaries including ‘What’s in a Game?’ for BBC Radio 4, and ‘In the Studio: World of Warcraft’ for the BBC World Service. At the end of 2022, Alex became an author with the publication of her first non-fiction book, 'Playing with Reality: Gaming in a Pandemic', which explores how the gaming industry thrived and evolved over the pandemic years, with player and expert stories.

Alex also hosts live events, which has included the CBeebies Live Stage with Dr Ranj, BAFTA Q&A sessions, the BBC’s coverage of the Welsh Proms and Proms in the Park, BBC National Orchestra of Wales’ first ever gaming concert, and an evening with gaming developer and co-founder of Wales Interactive, David Banner.

As a journalist, Alex has filmed across the world including in the US and Russia, but her main role is now as presenter of S4C’s weather service and the news review programme for Welsh-learners, Yr Wythnos. Alex can occasionally be seen and heard reading news bulletins on S4C and BBC Radio Wales, and with her expertise in gaming and music is often a guest pundit on TV and radio.

In this talk I will be looking at how the pandemic changed the gaming landscape – from studios’ experiences of adapting to lockdown and finding new ways of working, to what impact this has had on the industry moving forward. Not only did the pandemic help the industry in many ways, but in turn, gaming helped people through it, and I will also look at the changing role that technology plays in our lives because of Covid-19.

Twitter @allyhumphreys

Instagram: @alexhumphreystv:

LinkedIn: Profile 

‘Playing with Reality: Gaming in a Pandemic’

10:10 | Day 2

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The Jisc framework for digital transformation

Working with SCHOMS to co-create a sector maturity model.

Simon Birkett - Jisc | Senior Consultant Digital Transformation

Simon will present the Jisc framework for digital transformation and talk about the six key areas of the framework.  The purpose of the framework is to enable universities to assess current capability and then provide a foundation to inspire future digital ambitions and investments. It will enable institutions, whatever their unique circumstances, to effectively plan and deliver transformational change. In this session we will then work in groups to focus on the section that relates to Physical and Digital Infrastructure; considering what each delegate thinks about their own institutional digital maturity. All contributions will be fed into the sector wide co-created maturity model. The framework can be found here Framework for digital transformation in higher education | Jisc

Email: [email protected]


Twitter: @simonbirkett


11:30 | Day 2

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Technology Update

12:00 | Day 2

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Power Platform

‘Borrowing’ good ideas from SCHOMS presentations!

Session Delivered Remotely

Simon Stevenson - IS Senior Analyst - Durham University

Chris Pearson - Senior Manager (IT Installations) -  Durham University

Using Power Apps, Power Automate, SharePoint, and API’s, to create unique experiences for different end users from the same set of data.

Building on a previous SCHOMS demonstration around Power Platform, Durham University has taken the concepts and built a set of Power Apps for various users around AV equipment in the university.  The apps are designed to make managing assets, room checks, loans, and communication easier and more efficient, whilst at the same time giving useful information to staff and students on AV equipment within teaching spaces. We will also share some of the future developments we have done concepts for, which will continue to improve the end users experience, and make processes more efficient. 

Email: [email protected]

Email: [email protected]


13:30 | Day 2

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Design Thinking in a Nutshell

Jens Werner Product Manager, Thomas Jaskolka Solution Architect

Sennheiser electronic GmbH & Co. KG

The aim of this workshop is to learn how to apply core principles and techniques of design thinking to solve problems in a structured way. After a short presentation of the principles and techniques, the attendees apply design thinking on AV/IT topics by themselves in individual and group work. Afterwards, the attendees present and discuss their results.  

Because of the hands-on character of the workshop, the attendees will not just learn the fundamentals of design thinking, but also (a) share their experiences, (b) highlight the issues they face (e.g., audio quality, device compatibility, user experience), and (c) generate insights together in an open and creative environment.


Jens Werner

Product Manager

Thomas Jaskolka

Solution Architect

15:45 | Day 2

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Reports and Updates from the SCHOMS Executive


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Higher Ed AV in the US in 2023

Don Merritt - President | Educational Technology Collaborative

The pandemic has greatly shifted the behaviours and expectations of those in higher ed. Shifting teaching methods and supply chain issues, along with new hardware and software entries in the AV vertical, present challenges and opportunities for institutions’ classrooms. This session will present the University of Central Florida as a case study in how public institutions in the US have responded, and how the Educational Technology Collaborative is enabling cooperation and communication between individual institutions, and between institutions and manufacturers.

Email: [email protected]





Thursday 6 July 2023


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Chewin the fat – Development of AV Staff | Development of AV Service support

Mark - Media Services Manager | University of Aberdeen


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Swinburne’s 1st HyFlex Learning Space

Overview of Swinburne’s Government Funded Hybrid and HyFlex Learning Spaces 5 Room Project

Scott Doyle - AV Manager | Swinburne University of Technology

With no key stakeholders or functional requirements, the Swinburne AV Team were set a difficult task of development, design and deployment of 5 pilot learning spaces without a project and change management team.

Email: [email protected]

Email: [email protected]





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Supporting the University of St Andrews' digital journey

From traditional to digital at Scotland's oldest university

John Coulter - AV Architect | University of St Andrews

How cross-team working helped us to support the university's ambition to deliver hybrid teaching and meeting spaces during the pandemic and beyond.

Email: John.coulter@st-andrews


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Starting a Technology Museum

Roh Hyde - AV Manager | University of Bath

Email: [email protected]





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Closing Remarks and Next Host University

Marl Dunlop - SCHOMS Chair

Our Vision: To provide strategic direction in the development and support of learning environments, systems, associated technologies, and professionals.
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