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

IWMW 2017 Open For Bookings [blog post 25 Apr 2017]

IWMW 2017 Programme Available [blog post 11 Apr 2017]

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

IWMW 2015 Open For Bookings!

IWMW 2015 Open For Bookings I’m pleased to announce that bookings are now open for IWMW 2015, the 19th in the series of annual Institutional Web Management Workshops, which provide development opportunities for those with responsibilities for the provision of...

Master Classes at IWMW 2015

Strengths and Weakness of Workshops at IWMW Events In a recent post I asked “What Can IWMW Learn From Higher Education Web Events in the US?“. In the post I pointed out that the eduWeb and HighEdWeb conferences, the two main events for web professionals in...

Revisiting Ideas for IWMW 2015

Beyond Digital: Transforming the Institution A recent post on this blog announced the Call For Submissions for IWMW 2015. The post suggested that the theme for this year’s annual Institutional Web Management Workshop should be along the lines of “Thinking...

Call For Submissions for IWMW 2015

About IWMW A year ago, in a post entitled “Call For Submissions for IWMW 2014” I reviewed the history of IWMW, the Institutional Web Management Workshop series which was launched in 1997 and, from 1997 to 2013, provided the main annual event organised by...

Sharing Project Practices: the LACE Compendium

Open Practices Covered in this Blog I have written a number of posts on various aspects of openness since this blog was launched back in 2007, with posts in recent months covering topics such as protocols to support open services (“OpenSocial and the OpenSocial...

Librarians and Wikipedia: an Ideal Match?

Characteristics of Librarians What are the key characteristics of librarians? According to the basic personal traits and skills which librarians typically share include: A love of knowledge and learning A desire to work around people Love of...

Sharing Information, Misinformation and Untruths

Recent Mainstream Examples of Misinformation and Untruths It’s good to share. And we now have a global infrastructure in place which facilitates sharing and encourages discussions on the information which has been shared. But as well as sharing information the...