With 31,000 students and 3,000 staff members, Northumbria University is among the country’s largest and most diverse organisations. Its vision is to be one of the world’s leading learning and teaching universities, renowned for excellence in student experience, innovative research-based practice and high-quality enterprise. In the heart of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, the award-winning City Campus east and the newly developed City Campus west together create superb, state-of-the-art facilities for students, staff and the local community.
At the core of this ongoing investment is an innovative, award-winning IT infrastructure which has seen Northumbria University named as the “UK’s most IT-enabled organisation” at the prestigious Computing awards for excellence in 2006. The University faced stiff competition from leading organisations throughout the UK for this sought-after award, including the Honda Formula 1 team and the International Development Agency.
“We’re very proud of the fact that we’re driving the use of technology in higher education,” said Joe Evans, who served as Technical Services Manager, IT Services, with a centralized team that looks after IT for the university’s nine schools across two campuses. “The innovative IT infrastructure we’ve created is designed to underpin and enhance every aspect of university life by improving communication and interaction and, at the same time, making us more efficient as an organisation.”