Digital and IT Strategy


Digital technologies support our commitment to teaching, research and organisational excellence. Although, for us, ‘education is not an app’, we believe that new technologies/digital literacy can enhance staff and student learning relationships. Specifically, we believe that technology has great potential for learning if utilised in careful and caring ways. We also recognise and affirm the need to demonstrate and enable the development of the digital skills to support our graduates to engage with, and thrive in the midst of, life opportunities. Our commitments to enabling and benefiting from digital technologies are set out below.  

Digital Learning

To provide students with an outstanding learning experience from before your application to your graduation and beyond, we will; 

  • Provide technology and information that is personalised, intuitive and familiar.
  • Support our students in engaging in all the best opportunities in education, extra-curricular activities and work experiences
  • Enable virtual classrooms, remote access to specialised equipment and a comprehensive library of e-resources.
  • Enable the recording of lectures (where considered appropriate)  so that you can view when and where that is convenient to you.
  • Enable access to teaching and support staff when you need it.
  • Pioneer new approaches to digital inclusion, decolonising digital content, and developing the digital skills all students need to thrive, in their context, in an increasingly digital world.
  • Use and enable digital technologies to benefit students and to extend Chichester’s academic reputation.

Digital technologies in everyday life

To research, consult and adopt the effective and emerging use of digital technologies across, learning, working and living, we will;

  • Adopt the technologies and techniques people use in everyday business and social life into University processes and services.
  • Maximise social inclusivity, including through recognising that you may be studying within a busy home environment.
  • Use technology to enable widening participation, expand on accessible modes of study and to reduce inequalities.
  • Ensure all of the University services you need are always available when you need them.
  • Ensure our devices and services integrate well with what you use at home and that are used in business.
  • Support the need for openness, convenience and research objectivity, whilst maintain privacy and integrity.
  • Ensure our services are resistant to cyber threats, and that we support the development of skills to maintain safety on-line.

New Ways of Teaching

To adopt established and new methods to extend and enrich learning on and off campus, using digital technology to; 

  • Enable widespread availability of technologies across the learning and teaching, campus and accommodation spaces.
  • Promote environmental sustainability, through enabling on-line sessions, and file sharing - to avoid undue copies and printing.
  • Use technology to support innovative, and encourage accessible, personalised modes and times of study.
  • Support our teaching staff in using the latest technologies and anticipating new ones in their course design and delivery.
  • Ensure our teaching incorporates the digital technologies needed to advantage our students in employment and employability.
  • Promote the use of media rich teaching including through lecture recording and enabling audio and video feedback.
  • Enable on-line access for sharing teaching and research information.

New Ways of Working

To encourage a digital first approach with accessible information available anytime, anywhere, using digital technologies to;

  • Enabling all systems and communications facilities to be available  for on and off campus smart working.
  • Promote environmental sustainability, through enabling on-line meetings, and file sharing - to avoid undue copies and printing.
  • Extend collaboration facilities for innovation amongst colleagues, partners and international communities.
  • Increase cyber awareness, digital skills and confidence for smart-working amongst the University community.
  • Keeping you safe from privacy and other cyber-crime, including by minimising the risks of grooming, bullying and radicalisation.
  • Encourage the development of digitally enabled services to increase timeliness and service quality.
  • Ensure privacy by design by using products and methods that ensure cyber-safety in the use of University technologies.

Extending Digital Communities

To develop and improve engagement with all our stakeholders, from prospective students through to business partners, we will;

  • Ensure our teaching and support staff are accessible when you need them, both on-line and face to face.
  • Add to Campus and Accommodation WiFi Hotspots, and work with local providers to extend our digital accessibility.
  • Use assistive technologies to increase inclusivity and to reduce other barriers such as language, time and location.
  •  Provide and encourage the use of safe on-line environments that minimise bullying, cybercrime and exposure to radicalism.
  • Invest in ICT training to decolonise digital, enable digital inclusion,  and to increase social inclusivity.
  • Use technologies and work collaboratively with industry to maximise opportunities for employment and employability.
  • Work with commercial and academic partners to share in the development of academic excellence, and international research.

Enabling Digital

To exploit the digital technologies that contribute to achieving the University’s core aims, we will;

  • Research and adopt emerging technologies and techniques into our learning, teaching, business and social lives.
  • Enable collaboration facilities, on-line and face to face
  • Explore and exemplify multi-modal working and learning.
  • Continuously develop our awareness, and ensure our staff and students have the digital skills they need.
  • Ensure all our staff are conscious to, and safeguard against bullying, cybercrime and exposure to radicalism.
  • Invest in the infrastructure, devices, processes and techniques that enable digital learning and research.
  • Use ‘standards based’ technologies to ensure information sharing, with maximum cyber and information security.
  • Ensure our technologies contribute to an outstanding learning experience for studying, working and future lives.  




Aug 2022


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