UCLan Timetable – What you need to know about UCLan Timetable
UCLan Timetable has launched its own timetable system. The project started with feedback from students. This was obtain through the National Student Survey (NSS), internal UCLan surveys, and other means of student feedback. A common theme was that students wanted an online timetable that was accurate and up-to-date. Also, they wanted better communication about changes to the timetable.
Review of uclan timetable project
The review of the UCLan timetable project was design to determine whether the system would be a success. The project team conducted workshops with key staff in the various departments, including academics, front line student service staff, and student liaison officers. Students’ union representatives were also invited to join the project board. The team was made up of people with extensive experience in the implementation of ICT change projects. They applied a PRINCE2 methodology to the project. They started by modelling the “As-Is” state to understand its current status and issues, and subsequently developed a “To-Be” state.
The project team also conduct a survey of students to determine how their current timetables were perceived. They found that many students would like to be able to view their own personal timetable online. Moreover, students expressed a need for a system that would notify them about any changes to the timetable.
The project was establish by Cliff Olsson, a Senior Lecturer in Sports Coaching and Development at UCLan. He worked with two NGOs to create an immersive learning experience for students. The students, from various disciplines, travelled to Zambia to support the work of Sport in Action, a project that aims to teach key life skills to people living in remote areas.
UCLan offers over 500 undergraduate and postgraduate courses. The University has a unique reputation for producing graduates who are well-equip for meaningful careers. Its comprehensive degree programmes are based on industry-relevant knowledge, and many include work placements. In addition, the University has a world-class career support service. Its reputation has led to the recognition of UCLan as a Top Modern University for Student Experience by the Times Higher.
Issues with uclan timetable system
One of the biggest challenges with the UCLan timetable system is data capture, which has proved to be complex due to the variety of data and proforma, as well as the restrictions imposed by different schools. To overcome this challenge, the project team has met with Leeds Metropolitan University, who are currently running a project very similar to UCLan’s. They have also referred UCLan to the JISC mailing list, where many other institutions are discussing timetabling. In the long run, developing an appropriate data capture process is vital to the continued management of the timetabling system.
The project team at UCLan were conscious of the benefits of an online timetable and realised that the new system could help improve the experience of students. They conducted a survey among students to get their feedback on the current system and found that a large proportion of students would like a personal online timetable. Moreover, they also want an online timetable that would notify them if changes made.
The UCLan project team successfully integrated the new timetable system with Banner, the university’s student record system, and the User Registration network account system. The latter provides support for developing and managing course timetables and generating reports at different granularities. In addition, it provides a comprehensive tool for enrolment in individual sessions. It also keeps track of daily student attendance and allows for reports to generated on various levels, including on mobile devices.
Recommendations for future development
In addressing the issue of security at UCLan, a number of recommendation are made to improve the University’s ICT infrastructure. These recommendations included a more robust security system, the development of dedicated workshops and ongoing vendor-agnostic advice. The project also identify a project which could implemented to test new governance and structure options.
In the project, UCLan will identify a high level business process to review and then implement the new approach. An example would be the process for allocating mobile devices. This will governed by the SICTT and reviewed to ensure that it meets the standards of the maturity framework. The project will also focus on using existing EA resources to up skill staff and develop new processes, including Archi.
The project started with the objective of championing the Enterprise Architecture (EA) approach, but many stakeholders were not ready to embrace it. In order to overcome this resistance, the project analyzed current processes and identified issues. It then developed a series of recommendations based on the EA approach.
The University of Central Lancashire is one of the leading modern universities in the UK, founded in 1828 as the Institution for Diffusion of Knowledge. Today, the university has over 38,000 staff and a distinctive course portfolio. It is the largest provider of graduate-level qualifications in Lancashire and has links with global businesses.