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Sarah Cockrill.


Sarah Cockrill

Director of Digital Strategy and Information Technology 

I have worked in the higher education sector for the last 15 years at various institutions in the Midlands ranging from the University of Oxford to Coventry University. During my career I have worked on implementing several well-known HE systems for timetabling, HR, student records and many more. The system is only part of the story though as you could have the best system in the world, but it will only ever be part of the puzzle, you have to make sure the people, processes and culture are in place in order to achieve true digital transformation.

My career has enabled me to gain experience of running and leading an IT department in addition to an excellent understanding of how a university operates, and the challenges faced by the higher education sector

I am an advocate of Women in IT and increasing awareness of, and access to, technology-based career paths for women and in 2019 I won ‘Team Leader of the Year’ in the Women in IT Excellence Awards.

What are your current priorities?

I am responsible for leading the University’s Digital Strategy and ensuring we are ready to support our current and future students in a digitally enabled university and I am Senior Responsible Officer for the MOSI Programme.

What inspires you about Christ Church?

The people and the people-based values of Canterbury Christ Church really inspire me as digital transformation is not about technology alone.  Digital Transformation can only be successful if we have the right, people, culture, processes and technology working in harmony.