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University of Birmingham

University of Birmingham

Lab vials

How one university is tackling under-utilised teaching spaces

Single discipline teaching labs can often be under used: typically for just 24 weeks per year. Ian Tidmarsh explains how new larger teaching labs at the University of Birmingham aim to provide more flexibility, higher utilisation and thus deliver better value for money.
Photo: The University of Nottingham

Creating opportunities through collaboration

Last year, Paul Greatrix, registrar at the University of Nottingham wrote about the unique way in which Nottingham and the University of Birmingham work together. A year on, and now celebrating the fifth anniversary of their partnership, his prediction of the emergence of a culture of greater openness and collaboration is bearing out.

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.