Discover and share good practice for smarter working universities



Unit DX Bristol Large Lab

Unit DX – a leaner approach to creating bio incubation centres

Unit DX opens its doors this month in the centre of Bristol, providing evidence of how universities' expertise is benefiting local economies. Created to solve...

Sir Ian Diamond: ‘We can improve… by sharing best practice’.

In an interview with Efficiency Exchange, Professor Sir Ian Diamond reflects on how universities have adapted to become more efficient.
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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.

10 years of safe single sign-on access

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.
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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.
Martin Farley receives Green Gown Award 2016

Embedding efficiency and sustainability in scientific research

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.

Case studies

Promoting the reuse of equipment: Loughborough University – March 2013

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.

Sharing advanced computing technology – N8 Research Partnership – case study – March 2013

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.

Sharing scientific equipment: University of Oxford – March 2013

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.