New Chief Information Officer appointed

26 Apr 2013 13:52:49.317

The University of Nottingham has appointed Mary Visser as its new Chief Information Officer.

Mary, who has 23 years of experience in the IT industry, joins the University in July this year. She will be responsible for developing and executing a new strategy aimed at transforming IT capability across the University’s campuses in the UK, China and Malaysia.

After graduating from the University of Manchester with a degree in Physics, Mary began her career in global corporation IBM, before going on to play leading roles in the IT departments of two research intensive universities, most recently as the Director of IT at the University of Leicester.

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Challenging role

Despite the challenges and uncertainties facing the higher education sector, The University of Nottingham continues to be one of the leading research and teaching institutions in the world. Income has grown to over £520m.

In her new role, Mary will be tasked with delivering IT services that will further enable excellent teaching and learning, support high quality research and deliver an overall high quality experience for students and staff.

Mary, whose skills range from strategic management of IT services and managing business change programmes to day-to-day operational management, said:

“I’m very excited by this opportunity to join the Nottingham team. It’s a prestigious institution with huge ambition and will need its IT department to be an innovative, robust and dependable partner during the next stage of its development.  It’s also an enormously talented community of staff and students with plenty of ideas. I’m going to enjoy meeting people and working out how IT can make a difference to them.”    

Welcoming her to the University, Chief Financial Officer Chris Thompson said: “We are delighted to announce the appointment of Mary Visser as our new CIO. Mary has an impressive record of experience in both a corporate and educational environment. She brings with her invaluable experience in designing and implementing new IT infrastructures serving multi sites spanning across a large geographical area, and this experience will support our key strategic activities moving forward.”

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Notes to editors: The University of Nottinghamhas 42,000 students at award-winning campuses in the United Kingdom, China and Malaysia. It was ‘one of the first to embrace a truly international approach to higher education’, according to the Sunday Times University Guide 2013. It is also one of the most popular universities among graduate employers, one of the world’s greenest universities, and winner of the Times Higher Education Award for ‘Outstanding Contribution to Sustainable Development’. It is ranked in the UK’s Top 10 and the World’s Top 75 universities by the Shanghai Jiao Tong and the QS World Rankings.

More than 90 per cent of research at The University of Nottingham is of international quality, according to the most recent Research Assessment Exercise. The University aims to be recognised around the world for its signature contributions, especially in global food security, energy & sustainability, and health. The University won a Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education for its research into global food security.

Impact: The Nottingham Campaign, its biggest ever fundraising campaign, will deliver the University’s vision to change lives, tackle global issues and shape the future. More news

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