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Leadership Foundation launches guide to efficiency for governors

Getting to Grips with Efficiency explores the concept of efficiency and the efficiency agenda within the higher education sector. As part of the Leadership Foundation's guide for governors series, it seeks to provide governors with the information to help guide their institutions to greater efficiency and to plan for new reporting requirements that may push them to go even further (log-in required to download publication).

Change management

A guide providing evidence-based research from projects involving large-scale change, focusing on: organisational efficiency, the student experience, business and community engagement and environmental performance.

Jisc SSL certificate service

Here at Jisc, we have been helping customers protect their websites through our certificate service. The service allows customers to obtain secure socket layer (SSL) certificates which are a vital part of internet security.
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Sharing research equipment: how can we do it better?

Last year staff from Jisc set out to better understand institutional and researchers' needs around sharing research equipment. Senior co-designer Daniela Duca reveals the team's findings.

Developing the tools to navigate the student journey

Last week Claire Povah explained how Lancaster University mapped the student journey, in a bid to better understand their needs. Today, Chris Dixon explains how the map informed the development of apps to give students a smoother start to academic life.
Collaboration and shared services in UK higher education

Collaboration and shared services in UK higher education: report launch

Today sees the launch of a report on collaboration and shared services in higher education, which was commissioned by Efficiency Exchange. The report’s co-author Andrew Rothwell explains that with shared services "the best is yet to come”.

Managing university performance: is there a better way?

Treating professionals as stewards of their disciplines and setting clear goals can both contribute to effective performance.
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Integrated Reporting in HE

The Integrated Reporting framework offers an opportunity for universities to develop their annual reports into something more accessible, with a potential audience beyond regulators or governors. This study gives a snapshot of reporting at seven universities, showing that while some are starting to report in far more integrated ways, even the best examples have room for improvement.

HERBi shared services tool goes live

A web-based tool that allows higher education institutions to explore the quantitative and qualitative costs and benefits of sharing services is now live. Project manager Simon Perks tells us more about how HERBi can help you.

The UK Higher Education Learning Space Toolkit: a SCHOMS, AUDE and UCISA collaboration

This toolkit has been produced by three higher education organisations to help their members share best practice and work more effectively when creating learning spaces. It is intended to serve both as a practical guide and as a source of inspiration in the design of spaces that delight and motivate students, as well as meet their functional needs.