RGU has just finished the main stages of its annual University planning process. The major activity in this process is that all Schools and Departments lay out their forward action areas in the context of the overall University strategic aims and priorities. This year’s context includes a revision to the University strategy and an incremental update to the IT Strategy which I’ll share soon.
I then reviewed all the School and Departmental plans for anything that related to the use of IT and after discussion with IT Managers and colleagues on SPARG we’ve all agreed to approach these IT requirements under seven overall major themes. These are key to delivering the IT Strategy, support the individual school and departmental plans, but do so in the context of a longer term approach which will bring greater consolidation and integration across key parts of the University’s IT estate.
At this stage we have not finalised how these will be led across the University but we have agreed that most of them should be led as key institutional change projects, with significant technology enablement support from IT, but not as “IT” projects per se. As we start to firm up on how these themes will be taken forward, I’ll provide ongoing updates and also go into more detail in relation to each theme.
Here are the 7 themes:
Engagement Life Cycle – Student, Staff and other stakeholders.
- Optimising key administrative processes across the University to create the best stakeholder experience
- Ensuring that collated information about all interaction with each stakeholder can be brought together and effectively used to enhance the stakeholder experience
Technology in Teaching and Learning
- Ensuring that the deployment and use of technology across the Campus effectively supports enhancement to teaching learning and assessment
Information and Knowledge
- A coherent approach to where information is located and presented across web based information environments
- Research data management
- Document management
- Provision of management information
- How the range of technology supported communication can support the overall communication strategy of the University, both internally and externally
- As the University activities and user community becomes increasingly diverse, an identity management solution is key to ensuring that we are able to effectively provide each person with access to the resources to which they are entitled and can manage their relationship with the University as it changes and evolves.
Use of University Services
- This theme will expand the use of technology to make it easier for users to access to a whole range of University services using, for example, smart cards online and mobile solutions as appropriate.
- Underpinning all the above themes, there is a substantial programme of work taking place to upgrade many aspects of the underlying IT intrastructure. This will include ongoing server upgrades, network fitout of the new buildings, new wireless network, and moving into new datacentres.