Section 10: Information Technology Services

Office of the Director of IT (ODIT)

  • provides co-ordination for ICT across the collegiate University;
  • leads the development and implementation of the ICT Strategic Plan.

The Director is also secretary to the ICT Sub-committee of PRAC (Planning and Resource Allocation Committee of Council), which

  • plans and prioritises funding bids to PRAC;
  • oversees the work of OU Computing Services.

Computing Services (OUCS)

  • provides IT services and facilities in support of teaching, learning and research across the University;
  • provides associated training (see

Business Services and Projects (BSP)

  • provides central systems and support for the central administration (e.g. Finance, Student Information, Payroll, Personnel), including project management for new developments.

ICT Support Team (ICTST)

  • provides a desktop service and support to Central Administration, OU Library Services, and OU Computing Services;
  • is developing a new Enhanced Computing Environment (ECE) which will provide a common desktop service to those three units;
  • is expected to be asked to develop an extended version of the ECE which can be made available to units across the collegiate University.

ICT Forum

  • a meeting place for IT support staff from across the University - all members of the IT Support Staff register are automatically members;
  • meets termly, normally in 9th week.


  • provision and maintenance of telephone systems for colleges and departments on the university network;
  • advice and support regarding the planning, purchase and installation of new telephone equipment.
  • policies, priorities and service charges overseen by the Telecomms Panel (chaired by Dr Roger Treweek) which includes representatives of colleges and departments.