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Working collectively rather than competitively benefits all parties

All universities and student unions need to embrace a collaborative approach, participants in a recent workshop involving seven universities have said. Writers of an Times Higher article about the workshop, involving staff and students from seven campus universities, said that while the current HE policy environment encourages greater competition, there has never been a more important time for institutions to collaborate.
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Retention levels come under scrutiny, but universities are on the case

Universities must focus on retention as much as they do on widening the pool of applications and enrolments, a report by the the Social Market Foundation suggests.
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Have your say on easing the burden of data collection

A seemingly simple request for information can turn out to be a painful experience for providers if data is not well managed within an institution. A consultation has been launched to develop a code of practice for higher education data collectors, which HESA's Andy Youell argues on Wonkhe will influence an approach to the behaviour of data collectors and the assessment of burden.
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Student communications: cutting through the noise

Keeping students informed about life at university is complex but Suzanne Wigley of the University of Derby likes a challenge. She shares what they've been doing to ensure students have the information they need and also reveals what didn't quite work.
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New chief for SUPC as it explores collaboration options

Southern Universities Purchasing Consortium (SUPC) has appointed Simon Hill to the role of interim head in advance of a review that will examine how SUPC and London Universities Purchasing Consortium (LUPC) can work more closely together. Hill, who has experience of change management in the private and not for profit sectors, starts in September at SUPC, which has agreed a collaboration project brief with LUPC outlining background and objectives for the review.
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What makes good leadership during times of major change?

University leaders won't get an institutional doctor's note excusing them from sudden seismic changes in funding or policy, they must plan for these uncertain times says Mike Shore-Nye. In a post for the AHUA blog, the University of Exeter's registrar says institutions must be measured, proactive and proportional, while prioritising resources on strategic objectives.

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