The University has accounts with two Apple Developer Programs:
A normal Apple Developer Program account which units may use to sign and release their iOS and macOS applications to the relevant App Stores (see https://developer.apple.com/programs/)
An Apple Developer Enterprise Program account, for signing and distributing 'in-house' applications (see https://developer.apple.com/programs/enterprise/)
The NSMS team within IT Services purchased Developer Accounts with a signing identities for the University of Oxford when they became available several years ago. Apple only allow one developer/enterprise developer identity per D-U-N-S number, and the University only has one number, so we have kept the management of these accounts and provide a best efforts service in administering it. Please note that since we do not receive compensation for our time it is not a formal service with an SLA. It is now under the management of the Orchard team within EDMS (Endpoint Device Management Services).
There is a mailing list, email@example.com which all members of the Apple Developer accounts should be signed up to. This is where any discussion about the Developer Account should take place.
For detailed information on what each level of membership entails, please see Apple's documentation. In summary:
There is only one agent account, and this is managed by IT Services (EDMS). This is the account that can accept legal terms, create developer ID certificates and renew the account.
Each unit that wishes to use the Developer Account should nominate one person to be their developer admin. This person will have admin permissions on the Developer Program account portal. The admin can change the app id of an application, and also sign them for distribution. Admins can also add new members, but we ask that they do not grant or alter membership levels for any other person in the team.
Members can create development certificates and register devices to develop on. Please note that we suggest that you stick to a maximum of 5 development devices. This is because there is a maximum of 100 total for the entire University.
App Store Connect allows developers to submit and their apps on the relevant App Stores, App Managers to release them, and allows admings to transfer in apps from other Developer IDs.
By becoming part of the University's Developer Program, you agree to maintain the security of any certificates involved and their private signing keys. Please alert the mailing list immediately if you believe any of the following have happened:
Do not attach certificates or private keys to emails to the mailing list.
Requests for access should be done formally by someone with high level administrative responsibility for a department/research group etc. They should email firstname.lastname@example.org with the request, which should include:
Please include the line "I agree to the terms laid out on https://docs.orchard.ox.ac.uk/DeveloperPrograms"
We will set up your access to the account/mailing list as soon as possible and inform you when this is done.