Q&A: Simon Hogg, Oxford Brookes University

The IT portfolio manager - and Leader Board member - discusses life as a tech decision maker in modern day academia.

Describe your role in three words.
Juggling with fire.
Who is your tech hero? And why?
Linus Torvalds, because he broke a business model and opened up computing to people who were excluded due to cost, thus increased innovation, competition and creativity.
What does your current role involve?
I manage a diverse portfolio of projects with limited budgets and resources. Coupled with a slow change in HE, primarily brought about by the introduction of tuition fees, students expect and deserve better services and facilities, thus [there's been] a step change in IT service provision in the HE sector in the UK.

Linus Torvalds broke a business model and opened up computing to people who were excluded due to cost, thus increased innovation, competition and creativity.
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How did you arrive at your current role?
Through an internal restructuring of the IT department. The vacancy arose, I applied, was interviewed and was appointed.
Did you always want to work in IT?
No. It happened by chance many years ago. It seemed to be an interesting area, there was a vacancy and I go the job.
What do you enjoy most about your role/working in IT?
Solving problems and getting bound up in the detail far too often. 
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And what is your least favourite aspect about your role/working in IT?
Not meeting as many students and academic staff as I used to. 
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