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Collaboration and shared services in UK higher education

Improving higher education efficiency through shared services

Today, the Efficiency Exchange team is at Inside Government's Improving higher education efficiency through shared services event in Manchester, so what better time to share some of our resources on shared services.

New business intelligence service to widen access to data insights

Universities need insights about the wider environment in which they operate to help them make better informed decisions about their products and services. A new business intelligence service will be launched by Jisc and the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) later this year to support university staff in making the most of the data available to them.
HESA's Paul Clark, Jisc's Paul Feldman and the QAA's Douglas Blackstock (L to R)

Agencies join forces to provide better services for higher education

The M5 group, made up of Jisc, HESA and the QAA, recently formed to help create long term solutions to the issues being faced by universities. Dr Paul Feldman, chief executive of Jisc, explains how the partnership will work.
Niamh Lamond, CEO of FX Plus.

FX Plus CEO: ‘we want students to view our services seamlessly’

Falmouth Exeter Plus, chief executive officer, Niamh Lamond tells Efficiency Exchange how services shared between two Cornwall universities are saving money, improving delivery to students and having a transformational impact on the area both economically and socially.

Ensemble purchasing: mighty oaks from little acorns grow

Smaller institutions in London are joining forces to get bigger bang for their buck from procurement. Kat Humphries introduces Ensemble Purchasing, a new cost sharing group dedicated to procurement.
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Creating a shared library management system for Wales

The Wales Higher Education Libraries Forum (WHELF) is a partnership to deliver a library management system across Welsh university libraries, thought to be the first of its kind in the UK. Programme Manager Gareth Owen explains how the THELMA award-winning project will bring benefits to its members.

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.
Collaboration and shared services in UK higher education

Collaboration and shared services in UK higher education: report launch

Today sees the launch of a report on collaboration and shared services in higher education, which was commissioned by Efficiency Exchange. The report’s co-author Andrew Rothwell explains that with shared services "the best is yet to come”.
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Sharing made easy – Jisc support for equipment sharing

From anechoic chambers to wind tunnels, mass spectrometers to supercomputers, institutions are increasingly looking to share high value items of research equipment. Martin Hamilton outlines how Jisc is working with a variety of partners to help embed and accelerate asset sharing.

VAT cost sharing exemption – a spur to shared services

The Government’s VAT cost-sharing exemption presents a major opportunity for the higher education sector to explore the benefits of sharing services, says Steve Butcher, Head of Procurement and Shared Services at Hefce.