Discover and share good practice for smarter working universities

Benchmarking

Includes Why benchmark?, approach to benchmarking, maturity framework. A Jisc InfoKit.

Higher Education Degree Datacheck – Prospects – case study – June 2016

Degree fraud is an international problem but Britain is the European capital for bogus universities with twice as many fake institutions as genuine ones, and more appearing online daily. The problem is compounded by the increasing number of degree mills who charge anything from £10 upwards for a fake certificate.

Developing and supporting a sharing culture

Collaboration has led to efficiencies in areas such as procurement and shared services, but it can be a challenge to embed this culture. The University of Nottingham’s Paul Greatrix shares his experiences of a successful collaboration with the University of Birmingham.

CREST – Consortium for Research Excellence, Support and Training

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

Cost sharing group’s VAT claim rejected by tax tribunal

A cost sharing group (CSG) recently had its claim for VAT repayment rejected on appeal. Neil Hunter of HE Shared Legal explains the importance for CSGs of following guidance closely and keeping good records.

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.

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

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.

Process improvement

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