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.

Are we really competing? Should we be collaborating?

Following their presentation last week to the Embracing Efficiencies and Shared Services in Higher Education event, Andrew Rothwell and Ian Herbert of Loughborough University's Centre for Global Sourcing and Services outline their prediction for a range of new public-private partnerships with shared services centres taking a key role.

The Keepers Registry

information about the archiving arrangements for electronic journals.

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.

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.


Includes Why benchmark?, approach to benchmarking, maturity framework. A Jisc InfoKit.
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UK research secures new national data centre

A new Jisc shared data centre housing the data of six leading UK scientific and academic organisations will enable the sharing of high volumes of data. The facility represents a significant example of asset sharing in the sector with the potential to deliver cost savings and reduce the procurement needs of institutions.

Three posts on efficiency from leading speakers at last week’s conference

The 4th annual efficiency conference was held on Wednesday 25 March, with more than 20 speakers from across the higher education sector. Here are three blogposts written for Efficiency Exchange by three of the star speakers from the Universities UK event.

University of London Computer Centre

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

Relationship management

Guidance and good practice in the management of relationships with stakeholders, groups and partnerships. A Jisc InfoKit.