Over the last few years we have been transforming and changing the physical appearance of our campus. New buildings, such as Davison, Shilling and Eliot, and the refurbishment and repurposing of others are helping us to ensure our estate meets the modern needs of people studying and working at our university today. We will continue to develop our physical estate, but we also have an ambitious and wide-ranging programme to improve our digital infrastructure that will also benefit everyone studying and working at the College.
Changes to our IT, systems and network are already happening. Some of the basics are in place, for example we have excellent wifi and our new website is now live. However, we need to increase our investment in these areas to meet the expectations and needs of students and colleagues.
Over the next 12 months, an IT change programme will rebuild a solid foundation and create an improved environment for everyone. Increased stability and updated systems will give us the capability and capacity to move to the next level, enabling us to improve our offer for both students and colleagues.
At yesterday’s Staff Open Meeting, I outlined some of the current programmes of IT change and spoke about some of the changes that we’ll be exploring for potential future developments, such as integrating the user experience and virtual classrooms.
I also spoke about the establishment of a Digital Futures Advisory Group, which will work on defining our future priorities. We aim to create a vision of a digitally-enabled future which will feed into project planning from 2019/20 onwards. A recording of the livestream from the Open Meeting is available if you were unable to attend.
Professor Paul Layzell