14. Meeting Strategic Objectives IX: Finance

It is important that as well as facilitating administrative processes identified in the Corporate Plan, sufficient funding is diverted to IT projects and services, and money is made available to allow OUCS to upgrade its existing services, and add new ones as required. The financial burden of adding new IT services and maintaining them must be recognised by the University. Furthermore, procedures must be adopted to streamline any increased revenue arising from the adoption of Full Economic Costing for central services into the infrastructure charge.

Specifically therefore, over the next five years OUCS plans to:

  • Align its spending plans and cycles with the recommendations to emerge from Work Tasks H and I of the ICT Strategy which are focusing on large-scale IT investments, timescales, and costs (http://www.ict.ox.ac.uk/strategy/worktasks/h/ and http://www.ict.ox.ac.uk/strategy/worktasks/i/).
  • Investigate which services might be costed into research grants as 'directly incurred' rather than remaining within 'indirect' under FEC.
  • Provide advice on writing bids via our RTS unit, and also on the implications of FEC and TRAC and the opportunity to buy-in IT support and development via our NSMS unit.

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