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University appoints Head of Computing Services

03 September 2007

Canterbury Christ Church University has appointed a new Head of its Computing Services Department.

Head of Computing Services Ian Ellery Head of Computing Services Ian Ellery.

Ian Ellery, who was formerly the Head of IT at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge, brings a significant amount of expertise to the post and is responsible for leading the department as it embarks on a number of new initiatives.

Ian will will be responsible for: managing the University’s computer networks in Campuses across Kent in Canterbury, Broadstairs, Chatham and Tunbridge Wells.  He will also assist on ‘Kentman’, a regional network with links to all the country’s higher education institutions and colleges which also provides internet access for all schools across Kent. Ian will also manage a new initiative which will provide the University’s staff and students with a virtual private network and wireless internet access across the four campuses. 

In addition, he is responsible for all front-of-house staff support, ensuring that their computers and software are up to standard; maintaining and upgrading all student computer labs; managing and backing up all servers which include data storage, finance systems, human resources data and email servers; and managing a sophisticated audio visual service which provides projectors, computers or laptops for over 100 teaching rooms. 

Speaking of his move to the University, Ian Ellery said: “Canterbury Christ Church University is an incredibly welcoming organisation and there is a clear understanding of the benefits of IT.  It is a great place to work and everyone is appreciative and helpful.  Staff and students want our service and I shall look forward to providing it to them.”

If you would like an interview with or photograph of Ian Ellery, please contact Canterbury Christ Church University’s External Relations Assistant, Laura Jones, on 01227 782826.

Notes to Editor

Ian Ellery

Ian completed three degrees – a BSc in Maths and Computing at St Andrew’s University; MSc University of Edinburgh in Knowledge-based Systems; and PhD at the University of Aberdeen in Artificial Intelligence Systems and Machine Learning.  He started out at the University of East Anglia as a Junior Computing Officer; and was later appointed as Head of Networking.  Ian then became the Director of IT over a period of ten years.  Ian then left the University and took up a post at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge as Head of IT. That post was removed due to a restructure and he was appointed as IT Security Manager. Following on from that, he left Addenbrooke’s Hospital took up his current post as Head of Computing Services at Canterbury Christ Church University.

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Canterbury Christ Church University,
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