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