Discover and share good practice for smarter working universities

Andrew Rothwell

Making shared services work in higher education

Dr Andrew Rothwell of the Shared Services Research Group at 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.
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.

Shared Data Centre Space

Shared data centre space for research and education, connected by the high speed Janet network.

Cloud Services for Education Agreements

Includes exclusive amendments and due diligence on contractual documents for Microsoft Office 365. We are also preparing to offer due diligence on Google Apps.

Timeline revealed for Heidi Plus data analytics service

Key dates have been revealed for the roll out of the Heidi Plus data analytics service, part of the HESA and Jisc business intelligence project. A series of screen shots have also been released for the service which will be phased in from November to replace the original Heidi system.

Cloud and Data Centre Framework

Cloud computing and the co-location of systems and services for data storage can help institutions drive down costs and drive up performance. Jisc provides advice and guidance on selecting solutions and suppliers of cloud and data centre services.

Cost sharing benefits outweighed by risks and costs, says N8 Research Partnership

A report by the N8 Research Partnership concludes the benefits of university 'cost sharing exemption' are outweighed by risks and costs, after running a cost sharing group for universities which share equipment. This press release produced by N8 following the two year project claims that too many legal and financial hurdles exist

The future is global, collaborative and shared

New areas for collaboration across higher education have been identified in a report commissioned by Efficiency Exchange, which will be launched at an event at Loughborough University on 22 April.

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.