Data Sharing (DS3) Collaborative Group

U21 Data Sharing Supporting Strategy (DS3) Collaborative Group

About DS3 Collaborative Group

The U21 Data Sharing Supporting Strategy (DS3) Collaborative Group will promote and contribute to the sharing of expertise, performance indicators and measures, and data sharing across institutions, to support and inform strategic planning within and across the Universitas 21 (U21) network institutions.  The strategic priorities and the annual workplan for the group will be formulated by the DS3 Steering Committee, who will oversee the activities of the collaborative group.

The DS3Collaborative Group will meet annually (Annual Symposium) to review activities, and address strategic planning issues of significant importance in higher education institutions.

DS3 Collaborative Group Strategic Aims

The DS3 Collaborative Group will offer benefits to both the U21 network as a whole, and to the individual network institutions.  The Group aims to:

  • Provide a trusted, reliable source of validated data and data analyses.
  • Produce evidence to support institutional planning, policy and decision-making.
  • Provide data analyses to contribute to the wider knowledge of how the network and individual institutions function.
  • Support Senior Leaders and Clusters through provision of information and analyses supporting their strategic aims.
  • Develop a mechanism for institutional benchmarking and periodic review.

DS3 Steering Committee Membership

The DS3 Steering Committee is chaired by the Lead of the DS3 Collaborative Group, Associate Professor Amanda Gibney.  The membership of the Steering Committee will be determined by the Chair in consultation with the other existing members of the Steering Committee, and appointments will be made to ensure geographical diversity and representation. No more than one committee member per U21 member university will be permitted, however co-option will be considered where specialist expertise is desired.  Co-opted members will not be granted voting rights.

The DS3 Steering Committee will meet at least twice per year by teleconference, and face-to-face annually, at the DS3 Collaborative Group Annual Symposium.

Amanda Gibney (Chair), Deputy U21 Senior Leader, University College Dublin

Víctor Marcelo Ortíz, Director for Strategic Planning, Tecnológico de Monterrey

Thomas Loya, Director-Strategy, Planning & Performance, University of Nottingham

Martin Boyle, Director, Planning and Business Intelligence, University of Glasgow

Taizan Chan, Director, Research & Education Analytics, National University of Singapore

Sharon La Voy, Assistant Vice President for Institutional Research, Planning and Assessment, University of Maryland

Maura McGinn, Director of Institutional Research, University College Dublin (non-voting member)



Terms of Reference for Steering Committee

  • To support and strengthen the U21 network and network institutions’ strategic planning capabilities through collaborative data sharing
  • To work collaboratively with the U21 Clusters on identified issues of key strategic importance
  • To formulate the strategic priorities and the annual workplan for the DS3Collaborative Group
  • To identify funding opportunities to support the DS3Collaborative Group’s activities
  • To organise the DS3Collaborative Group Annual Symposium
  • To provide regular reporting to the Provost of U21