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Conference Information

We look forward to welcoming you to SROC at the University of Edinburgh

Our aim is to offer an engaging and exciting event located in the iconic city of Edinburgh.

We hope you enjoy our facilities, carefully chosen speakers, breakout session topics and social events and look forward to you joining us to make the 2023 SROC a valuable and enjoyable experience. This year's breakouts will be aligned with the themes Integrate, Innovate, Motivate.

Meet our plenary speakers 

Professor Sir Peter Mathieson

Professor Sir Peter Mathieson, Principal, University of Edinburgh

Our welcome plenary will be delivered by Professor Sir Peter Mathieson, Principal, University of Edinburgh. Professor Sir Peter Mathieson MBBS(Hons)(London), PhD(Cambridge), FRCP(London), FRCPE, FMedSci, FRSE assumed the office of Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Edinburgh in February 2018.

Peter Mathieson was born and educated in the United Kingdom. He went to a state grammar school in Penzance, Cornwall and was the first member of his family to go to university. He read Medicine at the London Hospital Medical College and qualified with First Class Honours from the University of London in 1983. After junior medical posts in London, he obtained a research training fellowship from the Medical Research Council (MRC) to study at the University of Cambridge. He was awarded a PhD by the University of Cambridge in 1992. He became Director of Studies for Clinical Medicine at Christ’s College, Cambridge following his PhD. After a further MRC fellowship he moved to Bristol in 1995 as the foundation Professor of Renal Medicine at the University of Bristol and Honorary Consultant Nephrologist, North Bristol NHS Trust. In 1999, he was elected to Fellowship of the Academy of Medical Sciences. In 2021 he was elected as Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

Heidi Fraser-Krauss

Heidi Fraser-Krauss, Chief Executive Officer, JISC

Plenary two will be presented by Heidi Fraser-Krauss, Chief Executive Officer, JISC. Heidi joined JISC in September 2021 as CEO. Her career includes a variety of leadership roles in higher education, including executive director of corporate services at the University of Sheffield, deputy registrar and director of corporate and information services at the University of York, and head of the technology change team at the University of St Andrews.

Sunday Blake

Sunday Blake, Associate Editor, Wonkhe

Plenary three will be presented by Sunday Blake, Associate Editor, Wonkhe. Sunday Blake is associate editor at Wonkhe. Sunday is coming from the University of Exeter where she works in strategic development and delivery with a specific focus on belonging and inclusion. Previously, she was President of the University of Exeter Students’ Guild, where she worked for two years after completing a postgraduate degree.

She has carried out policy change work both locally and nationally in areas such as sexual misconduct, drug and alcohol use, student sex work, freedom of speech and no-detriment policies. She has worked alongside a diverse range of partners, from AdvanceHE to the Department for Education, and is interested in widening participation, access and retention, and graduate outcomes.

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Academic Registrars' Council

Plenary four will be presented by a representative of the Academic Registrar's Council.

Meet our conference sponsor

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TechnologyOne provides a global SaaS ERP solution that transforms business and makes life simple for our customers. Our deeply integrated enterprise SaaS solution is available on Any device, Anywhere and Anytime and is incredibly easy to use. As Australia’s largest enterprise software company and one of Australia’s top 150 ASX-listed companies, with offices across six countries including the United Kingdom. Over 1,200 leading corporations, government agencies, local councils and universities are powered by our software. For more than 32 years, we have been providing our customers enterprise software that evolves and adopts to new and emerging technologies, allowing them to focus on their business and not technology. 

General information

Local Organising Committee

  • The local organisers are the current SROC Breakout Session Co-ordinator, Andrew Crossland and the university’s Events Manager, assisted by a small group of staff from different areas of the university.
  • For enquiries before the conference, please contact
  • For enquiries during the conference, please contact the Conference desk which will be situated in the John McIntyre Conference Centre.

Registration for the Conference

  • You may register for the conference from 2.00 pm on Monday at the conference venue in John McIntyre Conference Centre.
  • If you are arriving later on the Monday the events will be taking place on the Old College Campus, please let us know in advance and then upon arrival, make yourself known to one of the conference team.
  • On Tuesday a conference information desk will be available in the main conference venue from 8:30am.
  • On Wednesday a conference information desk will be available in the main conference venue from 9:00am.

IT/Internet Access

  • All hotels have free Wi-Fi available
  • Visitor Wi-Fi is available throughout the University campus.  Further details on how to access this will be available in your delegates pack.
  • If your device is logged into Eduroam prior to arrival you should be connected automatically while on campus

Your SROC Account

  • When registering to attend the conference you will be prompted to create an account on the SROC website.
  • Your email address will be your username and will allow you to sign into your SROC account
  • Your invoice can be found in your account. Please make sure you download a copy of your invoice for payment, unless you have used the on-line store to pay for your delegate place.

Conference App (Guidebook)

  • We will be using Guidebook as our conference app.  Download the guide to access up-to-date information about the conference, including schedules, maps, and much more. 
  • You can download our guide here: and will need to use the passphrase ‘sroc23’.
  • You’ll need to have the Guidebook app on your device, but you won't be required to create an account or log-in.
  • We will also be using the app to collect feedback on the conference.

Dietary requirements

  • Special diets can be catered for. Please inform us of your needs using the conference booking form. Additional queries can be sent to

Monday evening social

  • Our Monday evening social event will offer a drinks reception and buffet meal.  
  • The evening's events will be held in Playfair Library on the Old College campus.
  • After the meal there will be the traditional Monday evening quiz.

Conference Dinner

  • The Conference Dinner will be held in South Hall on the Pollock Estate.
  • The evening's entertainment will be brought to you by Ceilidh Minogue.
  • The dinner is not black tie but we do encourage you to put your glad rags on, and don't forget your dancing shoes!
  • There will be a shuttle running to the city centre accommodation on the Old College campus after the dinner.

Follow us on Twitter

  • You can follow updates and announcements on our twitter @sroc_he
  • This year’s hashtag is #sroc23  
  • Please join in and tweet about your experience of the conference!

Retail, Catering Outlets and Bars

  • Alcohol will be available at both the evening events with cash bars in operation as well as those drinks included in the events.
  • There is a small shop on Pollock Campus.
  • There is a SU shop located on the Old Town Campus.
  • Edinburgh city centre is a short walk from the main conference venue.

Emergency Services and Fire Procedures

  • In the event of an emergency or fire follow the instructions provided by University of Edinburgh staff.  
  • Delegates should adhere to the Hotel’s emergency evacuation protocol when in their accommodation.

Medical Assistance or other emergencies

  • Whilst on campus, visitors in need of emergency assistance should contact the conference team/desk in the first instance.