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HEFCE funding for collaboration announced

Funding of £120m to promote university collaboration has been announced by the government as part of a package for the life sciences and university sector. The funding, which will be administered by HEFCE, will provide support for collaborative projects and activities between universities, across the range of knowledge exchange activity

Balancing the needs of managers and planners in a performance planning framework

When the University of Lincoln considered their current performance management processes through the eyes of their academic managers, it provided valuable insights. Liz Lacey explains how blending two different approaches helped to inform a review of the way performance planning is carried out by academic leads.

HERBi shared services tool unveils enhanced functionality

The web-based HERBi tool which allows higher education institutions to explore the benefits of sharing services is now bigger and better. Project manager Simon Perks tells us about these improvements, which aim to make HERBi more responsive to the needs of users across the sector.
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‘No prescribed format’ for 2016 VFM reporting, says HEFCE

An update from HEFCE to the sector says there is "no prescribed format" for the value for money report universities are required to submit in 2016. The circular to vice chancellors and principals says no formal guidance will be issued in 2016 but it is seeking feedback from the sector, which will be used in more specific reporting guidance next year.
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Hefce issues funding call and study supporting innovation in teaching and learning

Improving student outcomes and survival in a marketised environment are amongst the drivers for innovation in teaching in learning, according to a Hefce study. A blogpost by Hefce's Amanda Wilcox outlining the findings of the study also launches a funding call for institutions wishing to develop experimental innovations in teaching and learning.

Schools Planning Framework for Academic Leaders

The Schools Planning Framework project funded by the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education, seeks to explore the development of a practical application of a performance management tool, aimed at academic units. The report sets out the findings of the project as a case study based at the University of Lincoln.
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What do you mean – business process improvement?

From ‘change management’ to ‘business process improvement’ – it’s all the same thing, and it all matters, writes Steve Butcher on the Higher Education Funding Council for England blog.
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Letter from BIS to HEFCE calls for annual efficiency reports

HEFCE has been urged to work with Universities UK and the sector to deliver the recommendations of Professor Sir Ian Diamond’s efficiency reviews, in the latest letter from the business secretary. The letter also calls for the production of annual reports monitoring progress on efficiency, both for the sector as a whole and from individual institutions.

University and council publish cost sharing group options

A HEFCE-funded study into establishing a cost sharing group (CSG) to deliver VAT-exempt IT services to Portsmouth schools has been published. The study by the University of Portsmouth and Portsmouth City Council investigates ways of sharing resources and the demand for a not-for-profit CSG.