Swansea University has appointed CIO Mike Day to be Chief Digital Officer (CDO) the Welsh academic establishment has confirmed to the Horizon CIO Network.
Day is returning to the UK following a three year CIO role in Sydney Australia.
“We are pleased to announce the appointment of Mike Day as Swansea University’s Chief Digital Officer,” Swansea University said in a statement to the Horizon CIO Network. “Day has extensive experience and has an innovative, transformational, strategic and student-focussed approach that is an ideal fit to advance the University’s ambitious plans. We are confident that he has both the talent and experience to help lead the University through the next stages of its digital journey.”
Swansea is the latest university in the UK to recruit a business technology leader with experience and provide them with a remit to lead major change in their organisation. Recently the University of Exeter hired former British Army CIO Alan Hill, the University of Sussex hired Jason Oliver from his role as CIO of the Science Museum Group. As Hill told the Horizon CIO Podcast, the role of technology in the lives of students and academics is changing rapidly.
Day has been CIO of the University of Sydney in New South Wales, Australia since January 2016. At the largest university in New South Wales Day had 300 IT staff operating 700 systems across the university if 57,000 students and 7,000 academic staff.
Day headed to Australia from Nottingham Trent University where he was Director of Information Systems for four and half years. During his time in Nottinghamshire Day was also director for Education Support Centre, a shared service organisation founded by the Nottingham Trent University. Day has spent the bulk of his technology leadership career in higher education, heading up IT for the University of Lincoln between 2008 and 2011, an organisation he began his technology leadership with.
Day will begin his career as CDO on April 1, 2019.
Swansea University was founded in 1920 and is the third largest university in Wales. There are 120 courses for the 19.160 undergraduates and postgraduates that study there.