Digital transformation - The top 5 challenges facing research teams

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The last 18 months have challenged every research organisation across the globe in terms of collaboration, funding, and resourcing.

In this webinar, our experts discuss the top challenges UK universities face today, as they emerge from the pandemic and start planning for the future.

We share successful strategies on how to digitally transform your office, streamline workflows, and build efficiencies, showing how the choices made today can have a positive impact no matter what challenges arise along the road ahead.


  • How to transform the full research lifecycle from pre-award through to researcher success
  • How to digitally transform postgraduate research programs to increase efficiency, minimise risk, and optimise operations
  • Enabling a newly remote workforce with technology tools that drive efficiency
  • Protecting your research data through secure SaaS solutions
  • Integration of technology to create a connected research administration infrastructure


Richard Forrest - SVP, Global Operations, Cayuse

With over 20 years of higher education enterprise architecture and solution deployment experience, Richard has advised education institutions on their immediate and longer-term transformation options across Europe, the Middle East, India, and Asia Pacific. Richard has close involvement in many working groups and strategic projects helping define and develop new processes, strategies and innovations for the Higher Education and the Research community. Richard has also presented over the years at numerous conferences around the world. Prior to Cayuse, Richard spent over 20 years at Ellucian, most recently as VP of Global Services Architecture and Governance. Richard is a graduate of The University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST) where he received an Honours Degree in Medicinal Chemistry and went on to study for a PGDip in Computing Science at Staffordshire University

Bryan Littlefair - CEO, Cambridge Cyber Advisors

Bryan Littlefair is the Chief Executive Officer of Cambridge Cyber Advisers (CCA). He has over 25 years’ experience leading teams within information and cyber security. He specialises in advising executive teams and boards of some of the world’s largest organisations on their security strategy as well as providing security consultancy, guidance, and mentorship to the Chief Information Security Officer community. Prior to founding CCA Bryan held the role of Global Chief Information Security Officer for Aviva and Vodafone Group. Bryan has significant experience within the higher education sector working with several Russell Group universities on their security, risk and data protection strategies. This has been especially important during Covid-19 where the academic sector was being actively targeted. Bryan has also held the role of interim-chief information security officer for several major UK universities whilst security improvement activities were undertaken and has close working relationships with the academic security leads within the UK government. Bryan holds several individual and joint patents in the information security field and is a regular keynote presenter at the major security conferences.

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Cayuse empowers globally connected research.

Cayuse’s integrated, cloud research platform powers a suite of applications that maximises researcher success, improves collaboration, and streamlines work across the entire research lifecycle as well as the commercialisation of research outcomes.  Cayuse solutions are deployed by over 450 institutions worldwide.


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