Single discipline teaching labs can often be under used: typically for just 24 weeks per year. Ian Tidmarsh explains how new larger teaching labs at the University of Birmingham aim to provide more flexibility, higher utilisation and thus deliver better value for money.
Scientific research is vital to medicine and many other fields, but it can have negative effects on the environment. Martin Farley of King's College London says universities must adopt more efficient practices in research for the benefit of the environment - and their bottom line.
With higher education institutions in England being required to report annually on value for money, Simon Perks argues that universities need to raise their game when talking about what they do and how well they do it.
Lean is just one method of continuous improvement and there are a range of others that are commonly used in higher education (HE). We close our lean series with three viewpoints from HE professionals and consultants on different ways of applying lean and its alternatives.
The European University Association (EUA) is seeking contributions to a survey focused on three dimensions of efficiency in universities: institutional framework, implementation practices and impact. The responses will help determine how universities understand and achieve efficiency savings whilst maintaining high levels of effectiveness. The deadline for responses is Monday 16 January 2017.
Procurement teams can play an important role in releasing savings to help to reduce budgets in higher education institutions or to bank and reinvest. But Jim Reed, who has held senior procurement roles in a number of sectors, argues that there is room for improvement in how universities measure the benefits they secure.