13-15 March 2020

City, University London

Achieving Drupal at Scale in UK Higher Education - Panel Conversation


Whilst panelists represent HE establishments, agencies, developers and client side stakeholders across any industry sector will find this session illuminating as many of the themes to be covered are applicable to any organisation approaching large digital project.

Even if you are at the very start of your journey, regardless of your technical level this session will have valuable takeaways and different perspectives from organisations of widely ranging scale, approach to digital and applications being served by Drupal.

Session details


Paul Johnson, Director and HE Specialist, CTI Digital


Adrian Ellison, Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor & Chief Information Officer University of West London
Billy Wardrop, CMS Service Support Officer at Edinburgh University
Iain Harper Head Of Digital, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford
TBC, The Manchester Metropolitan University


The Higher Education (HE) sector is fiercely competitive on the domestic and global stage rendering the reach of their digital presence as essential. However advancements in alternative education paths, increased regulation in terms of GDPR, information security, and new accessibility laws place an additional burden on universities in the digital space.
HE establishments are increasingly turning to Drupal to combat the challenges faced, and introduce greater agility. They aim to deliver user-centred digital experiences that support student recruitment, grow their reputation in academic research and diversify incomes.

This panel conversation is a rare opportunity to bring together stakeholders from the University of West London, Edinburgh University, Manchester Metropolitan University and Saïd Business School. All have unique perspectives on similar problems, representing organisations having differing cohorts, scale and complexity, age and legacy systems.

What is the role of Drupal in ensuring each University prospers in this new era where digital is so crucial to the existence of HE? How do approaches vary between institutions. What pitfalls and benefits have they encountered?




Weekend Keynote Speakers

Kevin Bridges


CxO Keynote Speakers

Michel van Velde

One Shoe, CEO

Nick Rhind

CTI Digital, CEO

Greg Harvey

Code Enigma, Director

Rachel Lawson


Carrie Lacina


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