Dr Ross Parry appointed to help the University be ‘Digital by Default’

Posted by rmt22 at Oct 26, 2016 02:44 PM |
As Deputy PVC (Digital) Dr Parry will lead the implementation of our new Digital Strategy.

Becoming ‘digital by default’ is a key part of our Strategic Plan and aims to ensure that we use technology to enhance our learning and teaching, facilitate innovative research, communicate better and improve efficiency in our management and administration activities.

We are committed to taking a ‘digital by default’ approach to all of our academic and service initiatives. We have already made a number of steps towards this, with the introduction of RefLect lecture capture, the “swipe green to be seen” attendance management system and the introduction of a student focused MyUoL app.

To provide the academic leadership that is crucial to the success of the strategy, we have appointed Dr Ross Parry to the role of Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Digital).

Ross will be the institutional champion of ‘digital by default’. Working closely with Liz Bailey, our Director of IT, as well as the PVCs in research and enterprise, education and internationalisation, he will identify and represent digital possibilities for our staff and students whilst also bringing new ideas in from outside the University and the sector on how we can innovate and improve.

In taking on the post he said: “It’s a real privilege to have this opportunity to work with colleagues right across the institution on the delivery of our ambitious Digital Strategy. This is work that touches not just on how we approach our research and teaching, but on the shape and use of our estate, as well as the digital skills and literacies of our staff. Excitingly, Leicester is ready for this new connectivity and this new confidence with digital.’

Provost, Professor Mark Peel said: “Having worked with Ross on key projects in learning and teaching, and knowing of his interest and expertise in digital approaches to research, I can think of no one better suited to help us embrace a ‘digital by default’ approach“.

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