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The following are general questions about the SRS Programme.
There are three main benefit categories around which benefits can be recognised for the new SRS:
The University has learnt several lessons from past IT projects which have informed ways of working within the SRS Programme.
First of all, we do not see the SRS Programme as simply an IT project. Oxford Brookes has recognised that implementing Banner will bring changes to the University. We have therefore formed a team of change facilitators who will work with key teams to make sure we can extract all the benefits that the new SRS can bring us.
In addition, we have set up an appropriate governance structure that is apt for the scale of the SRS. This structure has clear lines of reporting and responsibility. You can find a breakdown of it in our “Who makes decisions?” section in our About page.
In order to address acknowledged gaps in the University’s capacity and capability for this large body of work, we have appointed PA Consulting as our strategic partner. With an off-the-shelf system, the University also gains the knowledge, support and expertise of Ellucial Global Ltd.
You can find a breakdown of members in our Meet the Team section. In that same section, you can also see a breakdown of our Governance structure including who is in our Executive Board as well as in our Operational Management Groups.
Additionally, several SRS stakeholders including support staff, students and academics, will also contribute to the SRS Programme in several ways. One of this is through the Change Network. You can find out more about it in our dedicated Change Network Google Site.
Where suitable, existing interfaces will be migrated from eCSIS to the new system. These will continue to operate as today with minimal changes. We will continue to use Moodle. Modules will continue to be synchronised between it and the new system. However, the structure of modules in Moodle will be updated to match the new system.
In addition to Moodle, there are about 30 interfaces that will continue to be used with the new system. We will also add some new interfaces such as WPM, which will replace our existing card payment system.
The Academic Framework Review (AFR) is an initiative to refresh the regulations and policies of programmes of study at Oxford Brookes University. It aims to help structure and organise the University’s programmes in order to enhance the student and staff experience.
The AFR implementation is intended to dovetail and complement the implementation of the SRS whilst also taking into account the volume of change happening within the University. Although the AFR is a separate project from the SRS, we are working to ensure that our new system is flexible enough to support any academic structure and policies that the AFR intends to implement.
If you have any questions about the Academic Framework please go here.
The systems currently being developed to interface with the SRS are:
The following questions relate to the implementation of Banner's Curriculum functionality.
The following questions relate to the implementation of Banner's Admissions functionality.
Admissions and Oxford Brookes International (OBI) teams are now preparing to test the applications that colleagues submitted during the dry-run. Our faculty staff will also help with this work to ensure that we can test the complete journey of a student application.
Admissions and OBI will receive training in April to enable them to use the new system and will also receive more training closer to the go-live dates. Our findings from the dry-run testing will feed into our change plans ahead of Go-Live. These plans will be updated and managed by the Admissions change group.
Banner's reporting tool is called Argos. We are currently working on creating user-friendly reports - statistical data and lists of applicants - and writing a training programme which we hope to have ready in December 2018. We plan to deliver the training to Faculty and Directorate staff initially on a face-to-face basis and thereafter to create an online course so that newly-arrived staff, or those who don't get to the initial sessions, can access this on an ongoing basis.
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