University of Sussex is a leading research-intensive university based at the foot of the beautiful South Downs near Brighton. We have an exciting and diverse international and local outlook, with staff and students from more than 100 countries and frequent engagement in community activities and services. The University is embarking on a digital transformation journey that will impact every member of our community. Building on the University’s unique heritage and as part of the Sussex 2025 Strategic Framework, IT Services are embracing new technologies and fostering a culture of innovation.
IT Services delivers a wide range of digital services to users across our Campus and beyond. Our Chief Digital Transformation Officer, Jason Oliver, is now tasked with shaping the strategic initiatives and strategies that will secure a successful and sustainable future for the institution, where digital technology and mobile platforms will increasingly transcend physical and geographical boundaries providing opportunities for the transformation of our students’ and staff lives. Prior to joining Sussex he undertook similar advancements at the Science Museum Group and the Royal Opera House, where he built sector-leading teams and delivered a large-scale transformation agendas resulting in step-changes in organisational culture.
IT Services is organised into four main teams, delivering services through an evolving agile service management and delivery model:
The Digital Engagement team are primary changes agents working to transform our business processes and systems, to nurture the relationships between IT Services and its stakeholders, and helping us to understand and develop the ambitions for our use of digital technologies in education, research, student services and university administration.
The Strategy and Architecture team ensure our strategies, technologies, security and standards support our digital aspirations whilst planning the replacement, upgrades and improvements to our technologies and systems, ensuring that they are aligned and prioritised around the University's strategic plans and objectives.
The Infrastructure team work to define, modernise and automate our underlying platforms and network ensuring that they are optimised to meet the needs of the diverse communities across the University, to continue our journey to the cloud and to advance our approaches to ubiquitous connectivity across our campus.
The Operations team work across the research, teaching, professional services and student groups to manage our product areas, develop and integrate our platforms and applications, and support our communities to ensure outstanding service provision across the operational activity of IT Services.
Chief Digital Transformation Officer