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Changes to key metrics that make up the TEF will mean that universities will become more reliant on good quality outcomes data. Brian Hipkin says more demanding requirements will mean less time chasing staff for up-to-date student data but will require universities to forge a new relationship with graduates.

The right tools for the job: harnessing the power of student voice through HearNow

In this blog Jo Clarkson, Market Research and Insight Manager at the University of Warwick, shares how the HearNow project increased students’ feedback while minimising survey fatigue. The project by gathering students’ opinions as ‘snap-shot’ sentiments through technology and Gamification raised the number of active users from 200 to 13,000 with an average of 50% response rate.
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Three posts about open data and efficiency

With open data the focus of an event organised by Universities UK on 18 November, we look back at Efficiency Exchange's previous coverage of this area. Here are three posts focusing on the use of open data in Higher Education.

Digital Preservation and Data Curation Requirements and Solutions

Solutions and practical help for tackling everyday digital preservation issues.
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Open data mashup challenge

Do you have a brilliant idea for an app that uses open data sets to support university students through their learning journey? Enter the open data mashup challenge, organised by University UK, Jisc and the Open Data Institute, for the chance to participate in an immersive day exploring the value of working with open data with development support of up to £5,000 to be won.

Europe-wide MOOC on reducing data centres’ energy consumption

A consortium of institutions from around Europe including Leeds Beckett University and University College Dublin have launched an online course highlighting ways of reducing the costly levels of energy consumption by data centres.


Rob Hunter is Managing Director and Founder of Hunterlodge Advertising. In this piece he draws our attention to the changing landscape of personal data management and the need for the HE sector as a whole to prepare for effective compliance with the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation).

Calls for more data sharing in policy making and HE

With open data to form a key strand in the second phase of efficiency work in higher education led by Sir Ian Diamond, we feature a contribution to the discussion by the Royal Statistical society that argues for the importance of data in policy and academia.

Managing data management – can you help?

As part of Efficiency Exchange's mission to help institutions share expertise, Alison Wallis from Royal Holloway, University of London would like to hear your experiences of improving data management.
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Efficient sharing of university data is closer than you think

Open data is enabling higher education institutions to discover and make the most of opportunities to collaborate, share equipment and expertise. Adrian Cox, project manager at, writes about how how this kind of collaboration is helping to achieve efficiencies.