Scottish university appoint strategic IT partner

Monday 25 November 2013

Scottish university appoint strategic IT partner

University of Strathclyde becomes first Scottish university to appoint a strategic technology partner.

The University of Strathclyde has become the first university in Scotland to appoint a strategic technology partner, with Capita ITEnterprise Services being engaged over a five-year period to support the delivery of significant technology enhancements for the benefit of students, staff and partners.

Capita will use the knowledge, innovation, and ideas of its technology experts to help the University escalate the efficacy of its IT systems, services, and capabilities. This will in turn strengthen its position as a leading technological university.

A key feature of this partnership is the creation of a joint Partnership Contribution Fund between Capita and the University. This aims to provide enhanced educational and employability benefits for students and graduates as well as economic and community benefits to Glasgow and the west of Scotland. The fund will support a range of initiatives including, company internships, PhD studentships, guest lectures, student bursaries and outreach activities with local schools.

Peter Hands, managing director at Capita IT Enterprise Services, said: “Capita has a strong record of helping schools, colleges, and universities transform their IT systems to meet the diverse range of services expected of a modern educational business. This is a unique partnership in Scotland which will provide significant economic and social benefits to the region.

“As well as using our expertise to meet the technology requirements and improve the student experience, our joint Partnership Contribution Fund will offer multiple benefits to students both now and in the future when they enter the world of work.”

Principal of the University of Strathclyde, Professor Sir Jim McDonald, said: “At Strathclyde we are committed to providing the best possible experience for our staff and students and this unique collaboration with Capita allows us to enhance that experience.

“As the first university in Scotland to appoint a technology partner, we can use the expertise of Capita’s technology experts and strengthen our position as a leading international technological university.”

Planned changes over the five year period include the replacement of many of the University’s major IT systems, improvements to the management and storage of research data, and expansion and renewal of much of the University’s IT infrastructure.

The end result will be a contemporary, digital campus which will support the University’s strategic aims to increase research and knowledge exchange, improve the staff and student experience, and enhance its international profile and operational excellence.

The Partnership Contribution Fund will be financed by initial direct investment from Capita and, in future years, from a range of innovative reinvestments from Capita and its partners.

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