On the suggestion of Professor Mike Giles (Comlab) a ‘straw man’ ICT Strategy will be published in January. Its rationale is to provide a focus for consultation and to test proposals emerging from the Work Tasks. The ‘straw man’, being developed by Work Task J, will propose a structure for the final report and, under each heading, draw recommendations and models together with a request for comment. The ‘straw man’ is intended as an evolving document which will enable a high-quality improved final report to be produced (for further consultation) hopefully with no surprises.
The ICT Strategy programme takes communication and consultation extremely seriously. It has, to date, reported to around 15 distinct groups, including divisional heads and IT user groups. Consultations continue through Work Tasks B and D. Another form of communication will be a series of informal seminars next term to raise awareness about new ICT initiatives within the University. More on this later in this newsletter.
I have been impressed by the level of engagement in this programme by University members, especially academics and IT Support Staff. I believe we shall produce an excellent ICT Strategy that will help to maintain our place as a world-leading University well into the future.