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Simon Perks

Simon Perks

Simon is founder and director of Sockmonkey Consulting, which helps organisations in the public, not-for-profit and social enterprise sectors to make better decisions, improve their performance and achieve better value for money. He is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy and a qualified executive coach.

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Efficiency in a student focused world

With universities coming under growing pressure to justify how they use their resources, efficiency is back in the spotlight. But, as Simon Perks explains, the focus will increasingly be on how well institutions meet the needs of their students, while accommodating growing cost pressures.

Helping you get to grips with the efficiency agenda

The Leadership Foundation is preparing a guide to help university governors get a better understanding of the efficiency agenda and of the responsibilities that it places on them. Author Simon Perks is keen to hear your views.
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VFM: it’s about the value, not the money

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.

HERBi shared services tool unveils enhanced functionality

The web-based HERBi tool which allows higher education institutions to explore the benefits of sharing services is now bigger and better. Project manager Simon Perks tells us about these improvements, which aim to make HERBi more responsive to the needs of users across the sector.

HERBi shared services tool goes live

A web-based tool that allows higher education institutions to explore the quantitative and qualitative costs and benefits of sharing services is now live. Project manager Simon Perks tells us more about how HERBi can help you.

New HERBi shared services tool seeks beta-testers

The HEFCE-funded ‘HERBi’ project, which will help institutions to understand the potential costs and savings of shared services arrangements, is almost ready for launch. And project manager Simon Perks is looking for volunteers to test the interactive tool before it goes live

New Hefce-funded project models costs and benefits of sharing services

The shared services delivery partner of Falmouth University and the University of Exeter is starting work on an exciting new project to measure, analyse and model the costs and benefits of collaboration between UK higher education institutions. Project manager Simon Perks tells us more.