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Introducing our Digital Strategy

(9 February 2021)

After almost 18 months in the making, we are delighted to be sharing our Digital Strategy with the University.

Our Digital Strategy is an institution-wide strategy, not an IT department strategy.Digital technology has many touchpoints with students, staff, alumni and society. It's therefore important that we look at our Digital Strategy from an institution perspective and align these goals to the broader organisational goals.

Our Strategy therefore defines the digital tools and transformative mindset we will need to achieve our strategic aims of our University.

How did we create it?

The Digital Strategy has been developed in consultation with hundreds of stakeholders from across the University over the past 18 months. This is the culmination of many workshops and focus groups, as well as two staff surveys.

All of these findings and recommendations have then been put alongside our institutional goals and strategic objectives, as well as best-practice and sector benchmarking.

Upon aligning these, we've then consulted with teh UEC leads for each strategic area. From this, we have developed the digital priority area of focus for each part of the University.

Where can I get a copy?

We have produced three formats of the document:

- full Digital Strategy (60 pages)

- the strategy overview, explaining in simple terms what we seek to achieve (6 pages)

- a plan on a page version.

 All of these are available for you to download from our Digital Strategy pages.

What can I do to get involved?

There's an opportunity for everyone to get involved in our digital future and have your say. We want to know what's working and what's not. Where are there opportunities for improvement, and collectiveky, how can we empower our people towards achieving the extraordinary?

Send your thoughts and ideas to

John Hemingway will be talking to Professor Corbridge about the Digital Strategy at the March Senior Leaders Town Hall, so please bring your questions along and take part in the conversation.