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...
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.
Single sign-on access has made logging in to multiple academic resource sites much easier and more secure. Mark Williams toasts 10 years of safer researching.
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.
Scientific research is vital to medicine and many other fields, but it can have negative effects on the environment. Martin Farley of King's College London says universities must adopt more efficient practices in research for the benefit of the environment - and their bottom line.
Lean is used in many institutions to improve processes in professional services from improving exam logistics to the running of counselling services. At Northumbria University, they are also applying lean techniques to research management processes, as David Young explains.
Loughborough University’s award-winning Kit-Catalogue® is an online system that can help any organisation to effectively catalogue, record and locate kit such as laboratory equipment, workshop machines, ICT and specialist tools. The aim of the Jisc-funded system is to reduce the costly duplication and double purchasing of equipment within HEIs.
Eight universities in the N8 Research Partnership are sharing a High Performance Computing (HPC) facility – a larger and higher specification machine than could be afforded or fully utilised by any one institution.
The University of Oxford has carried out a range of initiatives to increase the intensity of research equipment and facilities use. The project encouraged sharing of equipment and the use of machines for extended periods of time, helping to reduce costs and share scarce resources.