Facilitating innovation in IT services across the University
New and emerging technologies in the digital world provide Oxford University with unprecedented opportunities to innovate by sharing resources and ideas, working together and coming up with new concepts. Across the University, we are finding new ways to use existing tools and identifying improvements to processes and services, as well as inventing new tools.
Identifying and supporting digital innovation
The Digital Innovation team in IT Services identifies and evaluates emerging technologies to improve research, teaching and learning and business processes in the University. We are interested in technologies such as virtual reality, augmented reality or artificial intelligence, but we also try to keep abreast of what is happening in other fields such as cloud computing, cybersecurity or the internet of things. Other IT Services teams play a key role in supporting the lifecycle of digital innovation by providing expertise to staff and student partners, and by developing new tools and services for the benefit of everyone working and studying at Oxford.
Embracing new opportunities and supporting staff and students in the generation of new ideas is recognised as a priority in the University’s IT Strategic Plan 2019–2024 (use SSO to view). Find out more about our key activities and opportunities for staff and students across Oxford University by following the links below.
We are responsible for Oxford Ideas, an idea evaluation platform available to everyone in the University that is used to gather new ideas, co-create new projects or to involve others in strategic decisions or visioning. We manage access to this resource and offer support for the entire idea lifecycle from idea generation to exploitation.
We act as an observatory for emerging trends and we offer advice to anyone in the University interested in how emerging technologies can impact their areas.
We offer access to expertise to build quick prototypes to assess the value of new tools or ideas.
We engage with students, academics, researchers and professionals within the University and externally to foster communities of expertise to share advice and support to their projects.
We facilitate events, seminars, workshops and clinics to explore and expand the use of new technologies.
Projects and events
We administer funding for projects and also run webinars and other events as part of encouraging participation in IT innovation at Oxford. More information is available below.
Find out more about innovation technologies and collaboration
Talk to an expert
We offer a free, tailored consultancy service to all members of the University interested in the use of new technologies, whether for individual use or as part of a project. Book an appointment to talk to us.
We sometimes have opportunities for students wanting to collaborate in innovation projects. If you are a student interested in collaborating with us please get in touch.
Supporting members of staff
If you are a member of staff interested in discussing your new idea for a project or you want to learn more about a specific technology and how to use it for teaching or research you can contact us to find out more.