Discover and share good practice for smarter working universities

If it looks like a shared service…

More and more universities and colleges are looking at the potential for shared services to deliver efficiencies, says Steve Butcher of Hefce.

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.
Times Higher Education

RESULTS: territorial or communal – which tribe are you?

The Times Higher Education recently quoted a report by a Dutch University, which claimed that universities could reduce estate footprint by 25% if staff become less “territorial” and shared teaching and office space with colleagues in other departments.

Collaborative approaches to cost savings

Jisc's Martyn Harrow describes some key collaborative approaches to saving money, boosting efficiency and reducing risk in a blogpost for Universities Business.

Process improvement

Guide to improving business processes. Includes review, analysis, design, implementation and continuous process improvement. A Jisc InfoKit.

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.

HE Shared Legal

Subscription-based legal guidance service for UK HE institutions. Includes help desk and assistance with engaging legal advisers. Operating on a pilot basis, with HEFCE funding.

Transnational Education: opportunities to engage, share and learn – conference 22 October 2013

UCAS, Universities UK and the UK HE International Unit are offering a one-day conference on 22 October 2013 to share best practice and examine ways in which shared services can help institutions achieve their Transnational Education (TNE) goals, whilst debating the future shape of UK TNE.
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.

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.