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Information Technology Advisory Committee



The Vice-Chancellor has established the Information Technology Advisory Committee to oversee Information and Communication Technology (ICT) strategies and directions for the University. This Committee will provide advice and undertake appropriate investigations on current and potential ICT developments and issues within the University and beyond. The Committee is most interested in hearing views, aspirations and complaints from members of the University community on ICT matters. Staff and students are therefore encouraged to contact their Divisional representatives to bring any matters they wish to raise to the attention of the Committee.

Terms of Reference

  • To provide advice to the Vice-Chancellor on information and communications technology (ICT) strategy and policy direction;
  • To determine policies for the use of ICT in relation to the University's Strategic Direction;
  • To provide leadership and encourage participation in the development of ICT strategies and policies for the University;
  • To act as the coordinating body for ICT strategy and policy issues promoted by CALT, CSSG, Academic Divisions and other bodies;
  • To establish and maintain appropriate mechanisms to ensure appropriate research and investigations on emerging information technology solutions are undertaken by the University;
  • To convene working parties to advise on particular information technology approaches;
  • To receive and consider reports on the effectiveness of University information technology policies and strategies;
  • To consider and report on any matter concerning information technology referred to it by the Vice-Chancellor.

ICT Strategic Direction to 2021

The University's ICT Strategic Direction to 2021 sets out six key imperatives to guide those who use, provision, develop, or support Information and Communications Technology at the University of Otago. ICT Strategic Direction to 2021 was developed by ITAC following University-wide consultation. It supports the vision and mission outlined in the University's Strategic Directions to 2020 document.


Professor James
Marj WrightAcademic ServicesNominee of Deputy Vice-Chancellor,
Professor Michael WinikoffInformation ScienceRepresenting
Craig LawsonICT Manager, Health SciencesRepresenting Health
Dr Shef RogersEnglish and LinguisticsRepresenting Humanities8892

Associate Professor Colin FoxPhysicsRepresenting
Howard AmosUniversity LibrarianRepresenting the Service

Dr Jared Hayes

Human Resources

Representing the Service Divisions


Dr Tobias LanglotzInformation ScienceJoint ITAC / Web Advisory Committee
Mike HarteDirector of Information Technology Services
Nicola WalmsleyCustomer Services Manager, ITS Representing ITS8565

Roger YanOUSA Campaigns OfficerRepresenting the


Members' Biographies

Professor James Maclaurin

Department of Philosophy

James is Associate Dean (Research) for the Division of Humanities.  In this role he works to build research income and capacity, particularly in the Digital Humanities.  James was Head of the Department of Philosophy from 2009 to 2014. He is active in teaching and research, specialising in philosophical methodology and philosophy of science.  Current projects focus on the application of evolutionary principles in non-biological domains such as computing and economics as well as philosophical issues arising from commercialisation of artificial intelligence.  He is the co-author (with Kim Sterelny) of What is Biodiversity? (2008, University of Chicago Press) and the editor (with Greg Dawes) of A New Science of Religion (2012, Routeledge). James is also active in the commercialisation of research. He has recently been co-developer of the University's new Bachelor of Arts and Sciences (BASc) degree.  He has been on a number of divisional and university bodies charged with developing IT policy and strategy and is currently the Convenor of the University's IT Advisory Committee and a member of the Otago Innovation Advisory Committee.

Mr Howard Amos

University Librarian, Representing Service Divisions

Since qualifying as an Information Management specialist and Librarian Howard has worked in both the private and public sectors in Libraries and telecommunications. Howard has over 20 years experience working for library software companies and as a practicing librarian developing library digital services. He led the project to develop an Australasian inter-lending and document delivery system that has now been deployed as VDX. While working at the State Library of NSW in the early 1990’s he established the first non academic network of libraries connected to the Internet and chaired the NSW Government’s Internet technical committee. Later he worked for a major telecommunications service provider, managing international outsourcing contracts.

In the Academic sector, Howard has served as Chief Investigator and chaired the technical group for the establishment of the Dictionary of Australian Artists Online ( ) and served on the project steering committees for the implementation of a new Grants Management system and the Identity Management program for the University of NSW in Australia. Howard established the UNSW Library Repository Services team and built Library support services for the management of data for research projects and led the development of expertise in data librarianship and collaborative programmes that support e-research. Howard has contributed to the understanding of the use and re-use of research data, leading a study into how academics at the University of New South Wales use and share research data.


Associate Professor Colin Fox

Department of Physics, Representing Sciences

Colin Fox is Associate Professor in Physics, and Director of the Electronics programme. Colin's career has mainly been university-based research and teaching in the mathematical and computational sciences, though he has also undertaken significant periods of commercial activity as a consultant and through running an electronics design company. Colin completed his PhD in 1989 in image formation for Radio Astronomy at Cambridge University, held a postdoctoral position in Otago's department of Mathematics and Statistics modelling sea ice, then took up a position in Applied Mathematics at Auckland University. For a decade he directed Auckland's Acoustics Research Centre that undertakes research and commercial testing in building acoustics, and directed the development of applied mathematics teaching including teaching computational methods at all levels, both in Science and Engineering. Colin has held visiting positions in Mexico, France, UK, Finland, USA. Colin returned to Otago in 2008, continuing his research in statistical methods for physical inverse problems, currently focussed on computational (Bayesian) inference. This work often involves computing at a massive scale, particularly in geophysical applications. He is a member of several international societies concerned with inverse problems and engineering, as well as the SIAM activity groups in Image Science and Computational Science and Engineering. In 2009 Colin initiated the sharing of graduate Physics courses with Auckland through video-linked classrooms using the Karen network.

Mr Mike Harte

Director, Information Technology Services

Mike has over 30 years' experience in the ICT industry across the banking, retail, Local Government and education sectors.  As Director of Information Technology Services, Mike is responsible for the effective and efficient provision of Information Technology services to the University and for providing professional, strategic and administrative leadership in the areas of strategy, policy and innovation in the use of ICT to support teaching, research and administration. Mike is a past National President and Fellow of the NZ Institute of IT Professionals ( He is also a Past President and Life Member of the Association of Local Government Information Management (ALGIM) ( and in 2002 was awarded ALGIM’s Industry Leadership Excellence Award. Mike also was a Director of NZ Local Government Online Ltd ( from its formation in 1997 until he left the Local Government sector in 2005. Since 1998 Mike has served on the Executive of the NZ International Science Festival (, served as President from 2007-2012 and was awarded Life Membership in 2014.   Mike is also a Trustee of the Dunedin Digital Trust ( which has been responsible for developing digital strategies for both Dunedin and Otago. Mike has presented nationally and internationally on a wide range of topics such as leadership, strategic and business planning, performance management and e-Government.

Dr Jared Hayes

Human Resources Information Systems Manager, Representing Service Divisions

Jared is a member of the HR Senior Management Team and is responsible for the ongoing operation and enhancement of the HR systems used throughout the University. Prior to commencing this position in 2013, Jared has undertaken a variety of IT roles including project management, business analysis and software development at a number of commercial and government organisations. Jared’s research interests are in the field of Human Computer Interaction and more specifically human decision making within complex socio technical systems.

Mr Craig Lawson

ICT Manager, Health Sciences, Representing Health Sciences

Craig is the ICT Manager for the University's Health Sciences Division, responsible for the delivery of the Division's ICT strategy.  Prior to commencing his position earlier this year, Craig has been involved in numerous IT roles, racking up almost 20 years experience in the industry.  Having travelled to London in the late 1990's, he took on roles that included desktop / server and network support, IT project management, business continuity and disaster recover, AV design and rollouts, and IT security best practice and implementation.  He soon made the move from support roles to management roles, his last in London as an IT Director of a major marketing company.  An Otago alumni, Craig is excited to have returned from London recently and gained a role at the University of Otago.

Dr Tobias Langlotz

Department of Information Science, Joint ITAC / Web Advisory Committee Representative

Tobias is a Senior Lecturer in Information Science and joined the University of Otago in 2014. Before moving to Dunedin, he was a senior-researcher at the Graz University of Technology (Austria). Tobias received a Diploma degree in media systems (Bauhaus University Weimar, Germany) and a PhD in computer science (Graz University of Technology). Tobias has more than 10 years of experience in mobile information systems and related fields such as Human Computer Interaction, Pervasive Computing, and mobile Augmented Reality. He was a founding member of the Qualcomm co-funded Christian Doppler Laboratory for Handheld Augmented Reality, an active member in several research projects granted by the European Union, and a guest researcher at the Osaka University (Japan). Beyond research, publishing and supervising students, Tobias is also an active software developer and author of commercialized augmented reality software for mobile phones. He received several patents in the field of mobile AR technology.

Dr Shef Rogers

Department of English and Linguistics, Representing Humanities

Shef Rogers represents the Division of Humanities where he is a Senior Lecturer in English, specialising in eighteenth-century British literature and book history. Along with Donald Kerr, he is co-director of the University of Otago Centre for the Book and edits the Bibliographical Society of Australia and NZ journal, Script & Print. Shef follows developments in Digital Humanities and data-driven book history work, but is most interested in campus-wide management of electronic resources to enable the University to provide its staff and students with reliable and user-friendly systems that support our research and teaching.

Ms Nicola Walmsley

Customer Services Manager, Information Technology Services

Nicola is a member of the ITS Senior Management Team and heads the Customer Services section.  Within this role she is responsible for the effective and efficient provision of high quality customer service to ITS customers.  She leads the Service Desk, Student IT Services, IT Training, IT Procurement and Licensing and Desktop support teams.  Since joining ITS in 1985, Nicola's roles have always focused on ITS' support and services for the University community.

Professor Michael Winikoff

Department of Information Science, Representing Commerce

Michael Winikoff joined the department of Information Science in 2009, and was Head of the Department from 2011 to 2016.  Before moving to Dunedin he was an Associate Professor at RMIT University (Melbourne, Australia).  Michael's training was in computer science (BSc(Hons), PhD, both from Melbourne University).  In addition to his academic career, he has spent a year working in industry as a software developer, and another year working in the educational media group at Otago's HEDC (including a stint as acting director of educational media).  Michael's research focuses on improving how software is developed, and over the past decade he has focussed on so-called "agent-oriented software", where software is conceptualised  and designed in terms of interacting autonomous entities, drawing on ideas from Software Engineering and Artificial Intelligence. He has also done some work on educational uses of technology.

Ms Marj Wright

Manager, Student Management Systems Support Office, Academic Services
Nominee of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic

Marj is currently Manager of the SMS Support Office and is System Owner of the eVision student management system and Syllabus Plus timetabling system.  She has previously been an administration manager in several departments in the University. She has also worked outside the University as a Technical Writer of software and hardware documentation for a worldwide scientific equipment company.

Mr Roger Yan

OUSA Campaigns Officer

Representing the Otago University Students' Association

Roger is the 2018 Campaigns Officer for the Otago University Students' Association and is currently finishing his BA in Politics and Psychology.  Since he was young, Roger has always been interested in computers and he maintains a deep-seated interest in IT and technology in general, based on the outstanding progress he has seen in technological developments in the last few decades.  Roger's main interest is in Human-Computer Interaction.  He would like to configure his Psychology major into postgraduate studies, focusing on Human Factors and Ergonomics.  In addition to ITAC, Roger also sits on many other technology based university groups such as the Student App Steering Group and the Computer Based Examinations Working Group.

Communicating with ITAC

Information on communicating with ITAC is available for download (PDF document)