Digital Campus Initiative Professor Tony Stevenson PVC Planning and Resources 15 February 2012

Digital Campus Initiative
Professor Tony Stevenson
PVC Planning and Resources
15 February 2012
Digital Campus Initiative: Scope
• Executive Board considered the KPMG review in
November 2011
• We accepted the five key recommendations but KPMG
is primarily about value for money, compliance and
reducing risk. Although important these are not the only
issues to consider
• IT has changed the way we work and innovation, new
forms of communication and the ability of staff to flourish
in the digital environment, are crucial
What has happened so far
• I am the EB member with overall responsibility for the
Digital Campus Initiative which covers four aspects of
the IT business:
-Implementation of the recommendations from the KPMG report
- An academic –led future look at IT (including use of social media,
cloud computing etc)
-The external facing component, ie.positioning the University
-Digital Literacy
• The Registrar has held a series of road shows to discuss
the KPMG findings
What has happened so far.........
• We have advertised for a programme manager to be
seconded to support this wide-ranging set of projects.
• Preparations are underway for a Think Tank to be held
on March 5th focussing on the academic aspect of the
Review of IT Expenditure
Summary of Findings
• Key findings from the KPMG review are:
Stable (99.9% uptime) and scalable ISS
provided core infrastructure.
Examples of IT being used as an enabler to
support effective teaching, learning and
Skills and capabilities of some staff across
ISS, the Library, Schools and Institutes.
Examples of local responsive service
delivery within Schools and Institutes.
Examples of using outsourcing to deliver
improved technology and services to staff and
 The approach to IT service delivery is
incurring unnecessary cost and does not
represent good value for money.
 Inconsistent service delivery.
 Low IT maturity across the University is
reducing the overall effectiveness of IT to
learning and teaching (82% NSS); and
 The current approach to IT service delivery is
exposing the University to significant
operational, financial and legislative risk.
Key recommendations
1. Establish a common University infrastructure
• Undertake a discovery phase to understand and agree infrastructure
requirements with each Faculty, ISS and the Library.
• Migrate servers and data storage responsibility to the new Newcastle
University IT team (NU-IT).
• Establish and agree the IT disaster recovery arrangements that will be
based on the University business impact assessment.
2. Rationalise the IT staff model
• Establish a NU-IT organisational model, including a number of important
new roles such as Faculty relationship managers and an enterprise
architect who can link University objectives and processes to the IT
• Transition University-wide IT staff to an NU-IT reporting line, however,
IT staff who support local academic systems could continue to be based
locally. This should not include the transition of staff who support
specialist equipment (e.g. microscopes and specialist scanners).
Key recommendations cont’d
3. Professionalise service management
• The University should continue to implement a service management framework
• New technologies should be considered and implemented including remote
assistance and increasing self service for staff and students
4. Develop a University wide IT strategy and governance model
• Agree an Executive Board member and develop a University wide IT strategy
through detailed discussions with each Faculty, ISS and the Library.
• Provide a clear mandate and supporting budget for NU-IT, by clarifying the type
of IT services that they should provide to the University.
• Develop an overall understanding of the University wide systems and how
these support University activities. Develop a high level architecture vision and
a supporting set of standards that should be adhered to by all.
• Strengthen the existing governance arrangements and establish a Change
Control Board that is able to support SISG and effectively prioritise NU-IT effort
in the future.
Key recommendations cont’d
5. Realise IT procurement efficiencies
• Short to long term activities will include regularly consulting with
each Faculty, ISS and the Library to agree a standardised list of
IT hardware that is fit for purpose (e.g. Apple iPads and laptops),
however allowing variation with justification. The University IT
procurement policy should be enforced.
• Up to four years
Staff / Student
Digital Literacy