Press Releases 2017

UWTSD hosts masterclass by Director of Finance & Business Assurance at NHS Wales Informatics Service (NWIS)

15.03.2017

University of Wales Trinity Saint David was delighted to welcome Mike Flanagan, Director of Finance & Business Assurance at NHS Wales Informatics Service (NWIS) to the Faculty of Architecture, Computing and Engineering.

Mr Flanagan delivered a masterclass on The 5 Case Business Model at UWTSD’s Mount Pleasant campus. The lecture was the first in a series to be organised by Professor Ian Wells, Head of School of Applied Computing. UWTSD Professor of Practice Wendy Dearing, Head of Workforce & Organisational Development at NWIS also joined the interactive session.

Professor Ian Wells said: “As a part of the strengthening of the strategic relationship between NWIS and UWTSD, Mike Flanagan Director of Finance for NWIS, delivered an excellent Masterclass on the 5 Case Model which is the best practice standard recommended by HM Treasury for use by all Public Sector bodies in Wales. Mike discussed how it is applied and the reasons why major IT investments fail. He examined the option appraisal and value for money to help ensure successful delivery of major IT investments. I think that everyone in attendance benefitted from the expert knowledge and practical examples that Mike covered.

“At UWTSD we believe that theoretical computer science concepts should sit hand-in-hand with practical 'hands-on' experiences where you will learn to code. Our Students are studying applied computing subject, such as, business IT and databases, games and software engineering, networks and cybersecurity, and web development. Additionally, some students are studying hardware subjects such as Electric and Electronic Engineering.”

Professor Wendy Dearing said: “I was really pleased and encouraged at the first master class as this is just one aspect of forging the partnership between UWTSD and NWIS to enable us to encourage the students to apply for part time working with a view to securing full time employment after their courses have been completed by working together we can create a pathway for STEM students.”

James Williams, Lecturer at the School of Applied Computing added: “It was very informative and reassuring to hear that such comprehensive methods are being used by the public sector organisations to ensure optimal use of funds. Students who attended this lecture got up-to-date methodologies.”

Mark Stanley, who is studying MComp Computing and Information Systems, said: “The lecture was excellent both in its content and delivery. Having a masterclass from an external company gives you something different, the background knowledge offers you a different view point. We got a lot of information, very relevant to what I am doing at the moment which is working on projects. I will be attending the next lecture and would recommend it to others.”

This is the first of a series of Masteclasses by NWIS. Check out the Faculty online Calendar of events for the next ones: www.uwtsd.ac.uk/face/faculty-events

To find out more about the courses being offered at USWTSD click on the link below: www.uwtsd.ac.uk/computing

Further Information

  1. For further information, please contact: Cate Hopkins, Press and Media Officer on: catherine.hopkins@uwtsd.ac.uk / 07872 423 788