My name is Colin Coghill and I have the pleasure of being the Director of Information Services. I have been here for seven years with a previous career in HE IT consultancy and IT leadership in HE and the private sector. I can honestly say that in so many ways this is the best job I’ve ever had.
Working with my colleagues in the Service and across the university is never dull, often challenging (normally in a good way) and we can always see the impacts of the work we do. The breadth of skills and services we provide to our students and colleagues is huge and we all have the ability and authority to make a difference.
What makes Cumbria special is the lack of formality and the willingness to share and work together at all levels. Coming from an IT background where it’s so often the case of needing to be very persuasive to be involved, the opposite is true here: we are constantly being asked to work across the university in so many ways; fortunately we have a pretty strict planning and prioritisation process though to help manage workload and ensure we do the things that really will make a difference. We have earned the trust and respect of the Vice-Chancellor and across the university and this is often acknowledged.
If you have the skills and attitude to be part of our team and the wider university, you will never find life dull and your contribution will be recognised and appreciated.