UMT Service Group

The Service Group (UMT SG) oversees the Programme for Operations and Services Transformation (POST).  The purpose of this programme are to:

  • create a better experience for UCD’s academics, students and staff;
  • better enable UCD’s teaching, our research and our student and staff services;
  • better deliver UCD’s strategy and ambitions; and
  • better enable UCD to be resilient to external demands and pressures.

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Purpose and Function

  1. To oversee the implementation of the Programme for Operations and Services Transformation, agreed by the University Management Team (UMT), in order to:
    1. Create a better experience for UCD’s academics, students and staff;
    2. Better enable UCD’s teaching, our research and our student and staff services;
    3. Better deliver UCD’s strategy and ambitions; and
    4. Better enable UCD to be resilient to external demands and pressures.
  2. Within a remit determined by the UMT, and under its delegated authority , to make decisions deemed necessary by the Group to implement the Programme for Operations and Services Transformation.


Terms of Reference

  1. To ensure this programme’s people-centric, technology-enabled ethos is clear in all aspects of the programme.
  2. To project UCD’s values of collegiality, creativity, diversity, engagement, excellence, and integrity in its work and decision-making.
  3. Develop and implement a programme for the transformation of the operational services and processes that support our communities (academic, student, staff), including:
    1. A roadmap with a five-year horizon
    2. The supporting programme of work
    3. A benefits realisation framework, to be approved by UMT, and reporting against that framework
    4. A technical and enterprise architecture roadmap
    5. Programme assurance/governance gateways
  4. Ensure consistency and coherence throughout the programme, to include:
    1. Consistency and coherence of the service experience; and
    2. Structures and mechanisms to enable consistency and coherence in the delivery of services (e.g. centre of excellence, transformation design authority, common skills and capabilities development).
  5. Ensure the UCD community is directly engaged in agreeing priorities and shaping the design and development of new supports and operations
  6. Establish and direct Service Focus Segments, led by a Service Focus Lead, to:
    1. Drive the transformation
    2. Ensure the participation and contribution of the community
    3. Ensure the participation and contribution of central support units
    4. Provide a unified service experience for users
  7. Manage change arising from this programme, in conjunction with UCD HR and its overall remit for institution change capability and change management.
  8. Develop a workflow and service integration platform and systems architecture that will help people to integrate supports, services, and underlying processes, and ensure further systems procurement and development add to this integrated architecture.
  9. Develop and sustain the ability of teams and individuals to transform and provide their supports and services.
  10. Ensure planning processes under this UMT sub-group are fully integrated with the University’s annual, integrated planning cycle.
  11. Work with other UMT subgroups to ensure the coherence of service-focused transformations and their alignment with UCD strategy.
  12. To consider and respond to issues referred to the Group by UMT relating to the needs and experiences of UCD service users.

Authority

  1. To make decisions, in line with the Programme for Operations and Services Transformation, on the following:
    1. The plan for implementation, to include prioritisation of projects and decision-making criteria;
    2. Approaches to be adopted to ensure the transformation of systems and services is focused on users;
    3. Standards and quality assurance:
      1. Setting the programme guardrails;
      2. Establishing the programme ‘design authority’, i.e. a central repository of programme standards, norms, methodology, etc.
    4. The system requirements for delivering the services;
    5. Procurement of products and services, subject to approval by UMT or FRAMC in accordance with any spending limits that may apply;
    6. Spending and allocating the resources assigned to the Group by UMT and under its delegated authority; and
    7. Data management, data access, data governance, identity management, and service access.

The UMT Service Group may not delegate decision-making with respect to these items.

Outcomes
To be accountable for delivering the following outcomes:

  1. Enhanced service experiences for all in UCD, including students, faculty, researchers, technical, professional staff.
  2. Effective people-focused mechanisms established and implemented by which we ensure enhanced capabilities, skills, role and career opportunities for staff.
  3. More effective control of the costs of, the capacity to plan for, and the effective delivery of, the support environment.
  4. Enterprise technical architecture which supports the people-centred transformation and delivery of supports and services and shapes to context for on-going technical developments
  5. A more supportive and enabling culture of innovation, transformation, experimentation, collaboration and creativity.
  6. Change management mechanisms in use which both support the effective delivery of individual transformations and support the changes of ways of working and nature of roles arising from the transformation of services, supports and processes.
  7. Benefits realisation framework and mechanisms to enable programme planning, governance, and reporting.
  8. Effective operations management and planning enabled through: operational metrics; operational analytics; strategic alignment; prioritisation mechanisms etc.
  9. Effective community channels are established and implemented through which the service beneficiaries can shape the development of the supports and services they need, share challenges, and find solutions.

The following are members of the UMT Service Group:

The Acting President (Chair)
Prof. Mark Rogers

Chief People Officer and Director of SIRC & Legal Services (Deputy Chair)
Tristan Aitkin

The Programme Director
Michael Sinnott

Support Unit Nominees: 

  • Estates
    Andrew Myler
  • Finance
    Eamonn O’Neill
  • Human Resources
    Michael McGinley 
  • IT Services
    Phillip Fischer
  • Registry
    Kevin Griffin
  • Research
    Triona McCormack
  • Library
    Dr Sandra Collins

Service Focus Leads for the service focus segments 

  • Temporary Service Lead: Campus Living
    Ciaran Bennett
  • Temporary Service Lead: Enabling Services
    Aoife Mac Gabhann
  • Temporary Service Lead: Researching
    Andrea Forde
  • Temporary Service Lead: Teaching
    Jeremy Britton

Two nominees of the Registrar

  • Director, School of Medicine Office
    Gillian Reilly
  • Associate Professor, School of Geography
    Assoc. Prof. Niamh Moore Cherry

Members of the Programme Management Office

The Group may co-opt additional members as necessary to undertake its programme of work. The UMT shall be informed when members are co-opted.

Submission Deadline

Meeting Date

Wednesday, 6 July 2022, 14:00

Friday, 8 July 2022; 09:30

Wednesday, 27 July 2022, 14:00

Friday, 29 July 2022; 09:30

Wednesday, 24 August 2022, 14:00

Friday, 26 August 2022; 09:30

 Meetings take place between 9.30am-12.30am unless otherwise specified.

The UMT Service Group is in formation over the summer of 2022 and has not yet established a structured form and procedures.