The UK Web Focus Consultancy
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 WordPress.com. The blog has been migrated to the ukwebfocus.com 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.
Later this year sees a special occasion: IWMW 2016 will be the 20th IWMW event. The event will be held at Liverpool John Moores University of 21-23 June. The call for submissions is currently open.
The announcement of the call for submissions for IWMW 2016 was published in February. IWMW 2016, the 2oth Institutional Web Management Workshop, will be held at Liverpool John Moores University on 21-23 June.
A post published in December asked “Should We Boycott Academia.edu?” and contained details of a survey of use of Academia.edu by Russell Group universities. The survey was a follow-up to a 2012 Survey of Use of Researcher Profiling Services Across the 24 Russell Group Universities which summarised usage of several researcher profiling services (Researchgate, ResearcherID, LinkedIn and Google Scholar Citations as well Academia.edu). Although there may be interests in developing sectoral alternatives to such services, any plans will need to take into account the popularity across the research community of existing services, understand the reasons for such popularity and the risks that a new sectoral competitor may fail to attract sufficient numbers of users to make it viable.
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
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
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