10. Meeting Strategic Objectives V: Enterprise and Collaboration
OUCS's main objective here is to build up further its links with national funding agencies such as HEFCE, JISC, and the Research Councils. In turn it will seek to inform faculties, departments, and colleges about new funding opportunities; as well as bidding for external grants to cover some of its own new initiatives. OUCS will also liaise with local bodies to identify opportunities to provide appropriate (and funded) IT training and certification where possible. OUCS currently provides informal advice to Isis Innovation relating to the commercialisation of open source software. Within this area it is also worth mentioning the developments concerning the University alumni. OUCS has become closely involved with and committed to providing technical assistance for the University Society's requirements for supporting services to the alumni. The Alumni Email Forwarding Service went live in November 2006.