Discover and share good practice for smarter working universities

Saving universities millions a year in online subs

Subscription fees for software and other online resources can amount to a substantial sum for universities. Eduserv’s Jenny Carroll explains how its licences for these products help higher education budgets to go further.

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.

Introduction to shared services – Jisc InfoKit

This infoKit from Jisc explores the potential for shared services in the sector, given the technologies available to support such collaborative activity, as well as the key issues and cultural barriers. Includes reports and feasibility studies, guidance on benefits, risks and models, plus practical resources.
Sarah Jackson

N8 Research Partnership: making it easier to share equipment

Sarah Jackson, Director of the N8 Research Partnership, published her report on efficiencies in higher education earlier this year. We thought we’d catch up with her now that she’s gone back to her day job.

Kingston City Group – forming a cost sharing group

The Kingston City Group (KCG) Consortium became a Cost Sharing Group (CSG) on 1 August 2013 under the UK Finance Act 2012 and is the first fully operational CSG in this sector. KCG provides services to the member institutions fully exempt of VAT, thus providing real cost savings. Maria Vetrone is the Managing Director of KCG and she shares some of the lessons being learned along the way.

University of London Computer Centre

Services include hosted Moodle VLE, business systems, infrastructure services and digital preservation.

University and council publish cost sharing group options

A HEFCE-funded study into establishing a cost sharing group (CSG) to deliver VAT-exempt IT services to Portsmouth schools has been published. The study by the University of Portsmouth and Portsmouth City Council investigates ways of sharing resources and the demand for a not-for-profit CSG.

How health and safety can contribute to the efficiency agenda

Health and safety is often wrongly perceived as just another layer of bureaucracy, and yet successful health and safety management enhances a university’s reputation, says Gary Wood of the Universities Safety and Health Association.

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.

CREST – Consortium for Research Excellence, Support and Training

Provides an innovative model for how to further research excellence and promote institutional and interdisciplinary collaboration.