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IT Services works with IT service providers across the University and, increasingly, with external providers, to deliver the systems and services required by a world-class research University.

IT Strategic Plan

An IT Strategic Plan is in place to direct this work and to ensure it is aligned with the University's overarching aspirations. Importantly this plan covers not just the central administrative units, divisions and departments, but is delivered in partnership with the colleges. The current plan – Strategic Plan for 2013-2018 – expires this year and work is underway to develop a new plan.

A new University IT Strategic Plan for 2019-2024

A new University IT Strategic Plan for 2019-2024 will be ready to submit to Council in Trinity term 2019. The work to develop the new plan is being overseen by IT Committee but facilitated by IT Services. To see progress on this go to the IT Strategic Plan 2019-2024 site (Oxford SSO needed); to contribute to the development of the plan, please use the discussion forum .


Financial support for meeting our strategic objectives comes from two sources:

  • the funding given to IT Services for its annual recurrent expenditure on maintaining and delivering a portfolio of services requested by the University.
  • the IT Development Fund (Capital) which supports the development of existing services and introduction of new services. This is managed on a three-year rolling basis and is overseen by IT Committee supported by a series of IT Boards (see governance structures). It is kept under review by Council, which receives an annual report and recommends adjustments as it sees fit. This Fund is part of a major investment portfolio for the University on a three-year rolling basis. It aims to provide Oxford with the services and infrastructure required by a world-class university, and with a plan for development and innovation that keeps us at the forefront of IT provision in the global HE sector. 

IT Architecture Principles

In order to provide a firm foundation for use and development of IT resources and assets across the University, a set of IT Architecture Principles have been agreed. These principles have been developed by the IT Architecture Group and approved by the IT Committee, and form the basis for making future IT procurement and development decisions.