Our momentum continues

In the Digital Transformation programme team, we have continued to build on the momentum of our Foundation phase activities. Here are some current headlines about how we’ve begun delivering our Phase 2 activities:  

  • We are working closely with senior leaders to introduce Oxford’s new  digital governance  framework and operating model. This involves creating the new Information and Digital Committee (IDC), moving from the old IT Boards to new Portfolio Committees, creating new guidelines, and launching a new dedicated SharePoint Digital Hub for all digital portfolio committees.

    Soon, we will also run an away day for members of the new IDC members to help onboard and prepare them for the changes starting this year.  We are preparing the five digital portfolio committees to commence governance activities with new members and start approvals using the new framework throughout Michaelmas term. 

  • We’re supporting the University’s digital Research by initiating three new  investigative assignments. Once again, this year, the investigative teams will be relying on input and ideas from colleagues across Oxford to make sure their work reflects everyday work scenarios. Look out for more information on these and other investigative assignments and how you can play your part.
  • We’re creating new  expert leadership  roles in specific areas that are critical to the delivery of Oxford’s digital transformation ambitions. To start with, we are (or will be) advertising for expressions of interest for new roles such as cybersecurity programme manager, head of user experience, data programme manager, head of online courses, and a manager for environmental impact assessment, taking forward the follow-on work from the investigative work last year.  
  • The  IT Infrastructure Service Review recommendations have been delivered, you can  read the recommendations report here. Working with colleagues across the collegiate University, the review has, over the last nine months, diagnosed the issues we face with the delivery of IT Infrastructure services across the University. The recommendations centre around the realisation of a new service delivery model for the University’s IT Infrastructure service whereby component services are designed so they are ‘shared by default and bespoke by exception’. 

    Our next step is to appoint a programme manager and, working closely with divisions, agree an implementation plan by the end of MT23. This plan will include a programme of change activities so we can start implementing the recommended changes to realise the potential of our service, provide greater value for departments and improve user experience.