Projects and programmes

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Our projects and programmes are the basis for continually improving the IT services and capability available to the University. These improvements are delivered through a number of portfolios and programmes of work which encompass a series of projects.

Projects fall into two strands:

  1. Designing and implementing new services
  2. Providing enhancements and upgrades to existing services

Our projects fall into one of five portfolios, as per the recent Governance Review:

  1. Education
  2. Research
  3. Administration
  4. Engagement and Dissemination
  5. Technology

Our Programmes and Projects website gives more information about what we’re working on at the moment.

What is an IT Project?

If you want to find out more about IT Projects, you might like to read this interview with Ian Wild, our former Director of Programme and Project Delivery, which explains what an IT project is, and explains the decision process for determining which projects go ahead.

How we deliver projects

Our project teams combine expertise in project management, business analysis, software testing, business change and communications. Technical specialists from across IT Services are engaged to work with the project management team. This ensures that each project is professionally run, focusing on the brief, the budget and the benefits.  

We have developed a consistent approach to managing projects, from the early stages of planning and consultation through to delivery. We have made a Project Framework (SSO required) as a useful resource for others in the University, available on our Project Delivery Centre of Excellence site (SSO required).

Projects are delivered in collaboration with other teams and users around the University, and based on their ideas. Each one starts with a project request that sets out what it is intended to achieve. Once approved, this is followed by scoping, definition and delivery.

To ensure that a project is in line with the University’s IT Strategy, requests are reviewed by the relevant Digital Portfolio Committee (Education, Research, Administration, Engagement and Dissemination, or Technology).