IT Architecture and Design

The IT Architecture and Design team works with stakeholders across the University to plan how our hardware systems, data, software applications, business processes and operating models work together.

We ensure these IT building blocks create services that are strategic, user-centred, reliable, secure, data-driven, and sustainable.

Team responsibilities 

Enterprise architecture, comprising:  

  • Business architecture  
  • Infrastructure architecture 
  • Application architecture  
  • Data architecture 

Service design: 

  • Reusable design frameworks and 
  • Guiding the development of standardised services which are fit for purpose

IT Architecture

Our approach - which supports all aspects of University research, teaching, learning and professional services - is divided into three primary areas: 

  1. Ecosystems
    These are the core digital ecosystems and the underpinning technology backbone areas which define the IT 'blueprint' of the University. Roadmaps and detailed architectures are developed in each of these areas.

  2. Business capabilities
    Business capabilities form a useful model of the University’s business processes and how people, processes, information, and technology combine to deliver our institutional research, teaching and learning outputs. This forms a comprehensive model against which software and technologies can be mapped to form an aligned portfolio of services. 

  3. Architecture principles
    Our Architecture principles help ensure that products and services we procure or develop align with the core business needs of the University, along with legislative and statutory requirements.  These are used within the IT Services governance framework when aligning solutions and services to requirements. 

How can we help you

Our Architecture facility provides guidance and advice on: 

  • IT Principles and standards  
  • Software and technical ecosystems 
  • Business capability models 
  • Data models  

Our Service design facility can help with: 

  • Design principles 
  • Development of design patterns  
  • Development of functional manageable, compliant services 
  • Capturing of service designs 
  • Management of technical debt  



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