Efficiency Exchange update March 2014


News and comment about smarter working in universities

With the ‘Working for a smarter, stronger sector: the 3rd annual Efficiency in HE’ conference only a day away, the Efficiency Exchange asks Professor Martyn C Harrow, chief executive of Jisc, to talk about how efficiency is at Jisc’s core.

Since the iPhone launch in September 2007, the ‘mobile ecosystem’ has become ubiquitous. ‘How should universities interact with students in this new world?’ asks Samuel Sanders of KPMG.

Andrew Rothwell of Loughborough University’s School of Business and Economics shares his thoughts on making shared services work, based on 10 years of research in the UK and across the world.

Laura Watson, deputy director of procurement at Durham University, talks with John Lakin of Procurement UK about procurement as an institutional priority.

We sat down for a ten minute chat with Adrian Cox of the University of Southampton to find out how the EPSRC-funded equipment.data service is creating opportunities for efficiencies among institutions UK wide.

Collaborating, upskilling buyers and factoring in social impact are three key ways in which the higher education sector is achieving efficiencies via smarter procurement practices, says Nick Petford, vice-chancellor of the University of Northampton and chair of Procurement UK. Read his guest post on ProcurementLeaders.com.

You’ll find a lot more news and comment from around the sector on the Efficiency Exchange.