Efficiency Exchange on the Guardian: launches Tuesday 12 November


On 12 November the Efficiency Exchange and the Guardian Higher Education Network will launch a new hub for university managers, administrators and service providers. The launch will feature the following contributors:

  • Professor Sir Ian Diamond on the future of the efficiency agenda
  • James Lacey on ‘one version of the truth’ at Nottingham Trent University
  • Mark Pegg on the leadership development dimension of efficiency
  • Dr David Duncan on valuing managerial and administrative staff
  • Sarah Jackson taking stock after her report on efficiency for BIS

About the new hub

The new hub will bring together the latest thinking, success stories and good practice, as well as news and comment from a range of professional perspectives. Within this section, an Efficiency Exchange zone will promote the modernising and smart working practices of universities as they become more efficient and thereby help to create a stronger sector.

Our goal is twofold: to help professionals discover and share ideas and resources via the Efficiency Exchange and its partners, and to tell higher education’s ‘efficiency story’ for the benefit of readers within and beyond the sector.

Call for content

All institutions are invited to participate in this unrivalled opportunity for showcasing and network building. We are interested in content from all parts of your university, for example estates, IT, administration, finance, libraries, procurement, student services, research – you name it. We are particularly keen to see examples of how smarter ways of doing things has enhanced the student experience and has helped to build a stronger university.

We seek content in these formats:

  • Showcases – Generate blog articles to showcase your new work to achieve efficiencies. These are ideal for providing a quick and accessible introduction to an initiative or achievement — and if they promote a forthcoming event or link to a case study or resource, so much the better.
  • Top tips: “Six ways to be more efficient…” – Suggest ideas and help us compile a new series offering a range of top tips “Six ways to..”. e.g. streamline processes/optimise estates utilisation/share research equipment/implement smart procurement practices etc.”
  • Ten minutes with… – Nominate a colleague to be the subject of an informal “Ten minutes with…” interview. These will be part of a series featuring professionals in a wide range of functions. They are ideal platforms for talking about new work and sharing with communities.
  • Commentary and calls to action – Identify and encourage thought leaders in your university who want to blog about new thinking, commentary or calls to action. We can support them in publishing online.

For more information, contact Ian Powling ian.powling@universitiesuk.ac.uk.

Visit: Guardian Higher Education Network