About UW-IT

Last updated: August 30, 2022

UW-IT is the central IT organization for the University of Washington, providing critical technology support to all three campuses, UW medical centers and global research operations. UW-IT collaborates with University partners to advance teaching, learning, innovation and discovery at the UW.

UW-IT’s responsibilities include:

  • Strategic planning, oversight and direction of the University’s IT infrastructure, resources and services
  • Consulting with academic, clinical and administrative units to evaluate their IT requirements, capabilities and requests
  • Managing UW central IT infrastructure and services, including academic and collaborative applications, accessible technology, administrative systems and information management, classroom technology, computing infrastructure, customer service, data centers, information security and privacy, IT services and strategic sourcing, networking, technology business continuity and telecommunications
  • Providing technology tools and resources for UW students, faculty and staff.
  • Working with the President, Provost and appropriate governance committees to determine IT strategies, policies, priorities and resource allocations
  • Representing UW’s IT interests at the state, national and international levels

IT at the UW

IT at the University of Washington is large, complex and largely distributed.

UW Information Technology (UW-IT) has around 500 staff members and accounts for around 32 percent of the total IT at the University of Washington. An additional 25 percent lies in UW Medicine IT Services, while 43 percent of the IT is spread out or distributed among University units.

UW Bothell and UW Tacoma each have their own centralized IT units.

Together, IT at UW supports approximately 40,600 faculty and staff and 60,000 students.

In addition, UW-IT partners with the Pacific Northwest Gigapop, the K-20 Education Network and Pacific Wave to deliver critical technology infrastructure across the University of Washington’s three campuses and across the state of Washington and beyond.