Professor Anne Trefethen, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Academic Resources and Information Systems), has announced the appointment of a new Chief Information Officer for the University; Dr Sean Duffy will begin work on 5 February 2018.
Sean is currently Director of IT Services at the University of Birmingham, where he has led the development of IT since 2009. In this role Sean has had overall responsibility for the use of IT in support of academic research and teaching as well as business systems.
Previously, Sean has held a number of IT posts in both academia and manufacturing industry. He was responsible for revamping corporate systems and global infrastructure in one of ICI's global businesses. At Birmingham, he has been a key contributor to the implementation of a new virtual learning environment, and projects to transform HR, finance and payroll systems.
At the same time as welcoming the new CIO, Professor Trefethen thanked Dr Stuart Lee – who took on the role of interim CIO at the beginning of October – as well as the IT Senior Management Team who have supported him. Stuart will continue as the interim CIO until Sean arrives.