Jim Nottingham Bio

Jim Nottingham is the Chief Information Officer (CIO) at the University of the Arts London which consists of 6 world class Colleges of Art & Design, the Colleges include; Camberwell College of Arts, Central St Martins, Chelsea College of Arts, London College of Communications, London College of Fashion and Wimbledon College of Arts. The Colleges currently occupy 15 sites across central London.

My role as CIO encompasses all aspects of operational University IT, Institutional Wide IT strategy, Leading on the University Digital strategy, Major Institutional-wide change projects and Institutional wide change programmes. Jim also heads legal compliance in relation to all aspects of the Digital Estate.

I believe that I would bring to Eunis a different view of Higher Education and Information Technology. I strongly believe that Eunis has a developing and important role to play in a pan-European organization that can offer a community to professionals and developing professionals who can share experiences, set policy and create an organization that can engender change.

Change is apparent within University IT in Higher Education, some CIO’s and University IT Directors have embraced this change while others have stayed firmly within strict traditional parameters of activity. Leadership that spans all University areas of activity is now an essential pre-requisite for a CIO. This is especially true as we deal with ever more digital interventions and opportunities to better place our staff and students at the centre of an edgeless learning experience that crosses boundaries and provides for a digital higher education ecology.

As the core University IT service becomes ever more reliable and resilient then the function of the IT Department comes into question. Instead of becoming a Department where innovation and enablement is normal the IT department could become nothing more than an autonomous monitoring function.

I see my role as enabling the use of Digital Technology throughout the University, this of course extends into Learning & Teaching. It is vital to move beyond the narrow structures and processes that encumber IT in a University setting and be a key enabler of all digital activities and service transactions across the University. This in turn requires a mind-set change and a new generation of CIO’s who are fully engaged with the primary function of a University and see their role as highly informed across all aspects of the learning organisation.

Jim studied at Loughborough University for his undergraduate degree and Louisiana State University for his post graduate degree (MFA) Jim is a Charted IT professional and has been a cohort member of Gartner’s CIO Academy and the Entrepreneurial University Leadership Programme. Jim has over 30 years of experience of working in Higher Education in many different roles and institutions including Virginia Commonwealth University, The University of Reading, University of the Creative Arts, London South Bank University & Regents University London. Jim has research interests in Fine Art Printmaking, The Conservation of Engraved Printing Plates, The History of Early Printing at Oxford & the IT/Digital aspects of Higher Education. Jim is an active member of UCISA, Educause, NCAA and Eunis.