In 2011 Sir Ian Diamond urged universities to commit to a culture of greater efficiency. Since then institutions have become increasingly creative in how they operate which has...
Procurement teams can play an important role in releasing savings to help to reduce budgets in higher education institutions or to bank and reinvest. But Jim Reed, who has held senior procurement roles in a number of sectors, argues that there is room for improvement in how universities measure the benefits they secure.
The University of Northampton is undergoing many changes ahead of the move to the Waterside campus in 2018. Vice chancellor, Professor Nick Petford, tells Efficiency Exchange about his role in the change and draws some surprising parallels between his academic specialism of volcanology and the higher education environment.
A view on shared services from the United States where an ever-growing group of scientists are seeking to integrate rock deformation labs from across the nation into one shared national facility. This was originally published in EOS magazine.
The higher education sector is facing difficulties in finding and recruiting procurement professionals with the right skills. NEUPC’s CEO Frank Rowell talks about how the consortium is addressing the issue.
A shared data centre for the north of England has been secured by Jisc to aid collaboration and the sharing of large data sets. Among the first tenants are Liverpool University, Sheffield Hallam University and the universities of Sheffield and Leeds.
Review of catering provision as part of a corporate strategy to move to more sustainable sourcing and increased support for SME, local and BME suppliers.
Prior to 2011, LUPC's cleaning and security services were tendered separately. But this time round some members of the consortium, particularly smaller ones wanted there to be scope for the two services to be joined. The changes resulted in savings and a host of other benefits, as illustrated by the Institute of Education.
Durham University, in partnership with one of its cleaning suppliers, has engaged in innovative research to meet its corporate social responsibility goals, support the environment and achieve significant efficiencies at the same time.