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IT Strategy

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The IT Strategy provides an overall framework and vision for information technology at York for 2017/18-2019/20. The strategy is aligned with the University's overall policies, aims and objectives.

The document builds on the previous IT strategy and has been informed by deep engagement with our customers, academic staff, students and support staff, as well as an extensive and sustained examination of the external technology landscape more generally.


Based on feedback from customers and taking into account technology changes, new IT services or projects should aim to meet and be evaluated against the following principles:

We recognise that some of these principles can conflict - for example, ease of use and security - and we will therefore use a pragmatic approach to balance risk and the user experience.

  • Designed to support the needs of students, lecturers and researchers
  • Easy to use, easy to access and easy to learn
  • Resilient
  • Energy efficient
  • Agile and easy to maintain
  • Cost effective
  • Secure

Summary of projects

Summary of the projects proposed to implement the strategy:

Projects are grouped into five programmes:

  • Cyber Security and Information Governance
  • Ensuring our Infrastructure keeps pace with University needs
  • Supporting Research
  • Departmental and Faculty IT
  • Digital Services