The UK Web Focus Consultancy

brian kellyBackground

Since 1995 Brian has supported effective use of Web technologies across the UK’s higher education community, initially as senior trainer at Netskills then, for over 16 years, as UK Web Focus at UKOLN. Following cessation of UKOLN’s core funding Brian worked as Innovation Advocate at Cetis for about 19 months. However this finished following the cessation of Jisc funding which led, after a period of two years, the closure of the organisation at the University of Bolton.

After working as a Web and technology adviser for the UK’s higher and further education communities since 1996 Brian Kelly is now an independent consultant.  This web site provides details of Brian’s consultancy work, access to the UK Web Focus blog and links to Brian’s papers and presentations.

The UK Web Focus Blog

The UK Web Focus blog was launched in November 2006 and originally hosted by The blog has been migrated to the web site and will continue to contain posts about use of Web technologies, especially developments of interest to the higher education community.

The IWMW Event

IWMW, the Institutional Web Management Workshop series, was launched in 1997. The event has proved to be sustainable, with continued interest across the UK’s web management community in participation in an event which focusses on the challenges of providing large-scale web services in higher education.

IWMW 2016 marked a special occasion – the event was the 20th in the series. The event was held at Liverpool John Moores University of 21-23 June 2016.

IWMW 2017 will be held at the University of Kent on 11-13 July 2017. The call for submissions was launched on 20 January 2017.

Recent posts

The uwebd Online Community [blog post, 14 Feb 2017]

CILIP West Midlands Annual Members Day 2017 [blog post, 13 Feb 2017]

IWMW 2017: Call for Submissions Now Open [blog post, 26 Jan 2017]

The 10th Anniversary of the UK Web Focus Blog [blog post, 1 Nov 2016]

Planning For IWMW 2017 (comments from #IWMW16) [blog post, 24 Oct 2016]

Use of Technologies at #IWMW16 [blog post, 17 Oct 2016]

Commercial Involvement at the IWMW 2016 Event. [blog post, 11 Oct 2016]

IWMW 2016: Participants’ Feedback. [blog post, 10 Oct 2016]

Reflections on #IWMW16: The Parallel Sessions. [blog post, 4 Oct 2016]

Access to video recordings and slides of the plenary talks at the IWMW 2016 event is now available. [blog post, 28 Sept 2016]

Initial post providing reflections of the IWMW 2016 event is now available. [blog post, 27 Sept 2016]


Brian Kelly truly inspires thought and action toward the future. I had the pleasure of seeing Brian present live and I was blown away by his work on innovation and how well he wove the practical into the thought provoking. Joe Murphy

Library Futures Consultant

Brian is a remarkable individual. He combines detailed knowledge of the technologies used in higher and further education with enthusiasm, but tempers this with a real understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of that technology, and where it is best applied or not applied. He is a skilled presenter and writes in a fluent and approachable style. He won’t remember this, but he is the man who introduced me to Twitter many years ago! He will be an outstanding consultant. Charles Oppenheim


I have worked with Brian both in the capacity of a speaker and attendee at the events he has managed and as a colleague at the University of Bath. He is extremely knowledgable and has an infectious passion for what he does. I have personally learnt a great deal from Brian about the way technology can be utilised particularly by academics. He is fantastic at sharing ideas and encouraging debate and his blog is regularly cited as the place to look for the latest thinking in the technology sphere for HE. Alison Kerwin

Director of Strategic Marketing and Digital Communications at University of York

I first met Brian in 1997 when I idly attended a course on HTML that he was delivering. I was not to know at the time that this would act as a catalyst for me to change my entire vocation. Meanwhile, Brian was busy establishing a nationwide network of education web professionals which flourishes to this day. This network and its associated conferences and subgroups has sustained and developed my career and that of many others. Brian’s relentless enthusiasm and embracing of change is infectious and the value he has delivered to the sector is immeasurable. Mike McConnell

Business Applications Manager, University of Aberdeen

UK Web Focus blog

The uwebd Online Community

In December 2009 the <uwebd/> Ning network was created by Mark Greenfield “as an experiment to see if web 2.0 technologies could be utilized to create a community for [US] higher education web professionals.” The network grew steadily over the years...

CILIP West Midlands Annual Members Day 2017

On Friday 10 February 2017 I gave an hour-long invited talk on “Predicting and Preparing For Emerging Learning Technologies” at the CILIP West Midlands Annual Members Day event which was held at the Priory Rooms Meeting and Conference Centre in Birmingham....

IWMW 2017: Call for Submissions Now Open!

I am pleased to announce that the call for submissions for the IWMW 2017 event is now open. The IWMW 2017 event will be held at the University of Kent on 11-13 July 2017. This year’s event is the 21st in the series, which was founded in 1997. This event is the...

The 10th Anniversary of the UK Web Focus Blog

The UK Web Focus blog was launched on 1st November 2006 so today sees its 10th anniversary! I suspect there will only be a handful of blogs which have been in operation within the UK educational technology over this period: Tony Hurst’s OUSeful blog is one that...

Planning For IWMW 2017 (comments from #IWMW16)

About This Post Having established the IWMW event series 20 years ago I am very aware of the importance of event evaluation, which can help to identify successful aspects of an event, areas which can be improved and how the event can be shaped for future years. This...

Use of Technologies at #IWMW16

About this Post A recent series of posts on this blog have looked back at the IWMW 2016 event. This post reviews the use of technologies at the event. Background The IWMW series of events has provided opportunities to evaluate a variety of online technologies, which...

IWMW 2016: Participants’ Feedback

About This Post A number of posts have been published recently which have summarised the feedback received for the IWMW 2016 event. These are: Reflections on #IWMW16: The Talks: review of the plenary talks IWMW 2016: The Resources: links to video recordings and slides...

Reflections on #IWMW16: The Parallel Sessions

Recent posts on this blog have provided Reflections on #IWMW16: The Talks and provided access to IWMW 2016: The Resources (links to video recordings of the plenary talks and to accompanying slides). But as the full name of IWMW events implies the Institutional Web...

Reflections on #IWMW16: The Talks

About IWMW 2016 IWMW 2016, the annual Institutional Web Management Workshop, took place at Liverpool John Moores University on 21-23 June. This is the first of a number of posts which provides the event organiser’s perspective of the event. For those who are...

IWMW In Miniature

IWMW – the Annual Event IWMW, the Institutional Web Management Workshop, celebrates its 20th anniversary on 21-23 June, with the IWMW 2016 event taking place at Liverpool John Moores University. As is the norm, the event provides a wide range of plenary talks...

IWMW 2016 Now Open For Bookings!

I’m pleased to announce that bookings for the IWMW 2016 event are now open. This year’s event will be held at Liverpool John Moores University on 21-23 June The IWMW 2016 event is the leading event for those with responsibilities for managing institutional...

Do You Have Memories Of IWMW Events?

20 Years of IWMW! This years annual Institutional Web Management Workshop, IWMW 2016, will be the 20th in the series. The event was launched in July 1997 with a two-day event. Although initially envisaged as a one-off event the feedback for the first event made it...

IWMW 2016: Call For Submissions Open

IWMW 2016, the annual Institutional Web Management Workshop, will be held at Liverpool John Moores University on 21-23 June 2016. The theme of this year’s event is “Understanding Users; Managing Change; Delivering Services“. The event, the 20th in the...

Should We Boycott

The “Why Are We Not Boycotting” Event I recently came across a tweet which announced an event which addressed the question “Why Are We Not Boycotting“.  As described on the Eventbrite booking page: With over 36...

Back to the Future at #ILI2015

Looking To The Past To Predict The Future   On Monday Tony Hirst and myself co-facilitated a workshop on “Preparing for the Future: Technological Challenges and Beyond” which preceded the ILI 2015 conference. In the workshop we explored ways in which...

Reflections on a Twitter Discussion About ORCID

“Can’t Get Excited About ORCID” On Friday (4 September 2015) I took part in an interesting discussion about ORCID which began when I came across the following tweet which provided a link to an interesting post about ORCID, a standard for IDs for...

Feedback on #IWMW15 (and Plans for #IWMW16)

About IWMW 2015 IWMW 2015, the 19th annual Institutional Web Management Workshop, took place from 27-29th July at Edge Hill University, Ormskirk. As described last year in a post on Reflections on #IWMW14 the event is undergoing a transformation: after 17 years of...