Oxford University modernizes IT with Microsoft Power Apps

The University of Oxford has become one of the largest users of Microsoft Power Apps in the UK, using the solution to modernize and speed up IT and administrative processes.

The education provider, which teaches approximately 25,000 students each year, has created a range of apps to manage course fees, funding applications, college assignments, ID cards, student accounts, courier, children’s services and travel insurance for staff.

“If we didn’t have the Power Platform or Microsoft 365, we would be in a very difficult situation,” said Matthew Castle, manager of application platforms in the university’s central IT departments. “We would look at next year and figure out how we are going to interview 25,000 students and help them prepare for life at our university. That’s a lot of work that is made easier by using Power Apps to automate many of the manual and repetitive tasks that our staff have to do. This frees up time that our staff can use to focus on more pressing matters. “

The university plans to build on this success by using Power Automate, which Microsoft says “will allow more departments to create their own solutions to specific problems their staff may encounter.”

“PowerApps gives organizations control over their data,” said Chris Rothwell, director of education at Microsoft UK. “Power Platform tools are perfect for any team that wants to increase their agility, solve problems and improve their operations. I am inspired by the way the University of Oxford uses this technology.

Rosemary C. Kearney