The UK higher education sector is committed to developing robust mechanisms for evidencing its success in delivering efficiency and cost savings. Universities need to invest to deliver excellence in research and teaching while demonstrating transparency and value to students and the public.
Sir Ian Diamond’s report on Efficiency, Effectiveness and Value for Money makes recommendations for establishing a robust and proportionate framework for capturing value for money metrics from universities and reporting annually. This work will be done by UUK, Hefce and other sector stakeholders.
Watch this video of Geraint Johnes, director of the Work Foundation, talking about the challenges of determining efficiency in higher education.
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- Sharing research equipment boosts industry in the northPosted 27 June 2017The N8 Research Partnership has improved and updated its equipment-sharing database. This will make it easier to share apparatus from the region’s most research-intensive universities. Nick Goldspink, interim co-director at N8, explains how the database's improvements will be a massive step forward to academics and to Northern industry, saving money, boosting efficiency and aiding research.
- We want to hear your views about the Efficiency ExchangePosted 30 May 2017Efficiency Exchange is a place for higher education professionals to swap great ideas that work. We have hundreds of blogs, case studies and interviews focusing on efficiency and best practice. We’d like to know what you think of them and if there are topics you think we should cover. Please take time to fill in our short survey.
- Value for money: what’s that and how do you show it?Posted 28 February 2017The government wants to introduce more structured, mandatory, value for money reporting. More than a dozen HE providers met to talk about their concerns and how it could be implemented. Steve Butcher from HEFCE summarises what was discussed.
- Sir Ian Diamond: ‘We can improve… by sharing best practice’.Posted 17 February 2017In an interview with Efficiency Exchange, Professor Sir Ian Diamond reflects on how universities have adapted to become more efficient.
- Helping you get to grips with the efficiency agendaPosted 6 February 2017The Leadership Foundation is preparing a guide to help university governors get a better understanding of the efficiency agenda and of the responsibilities that it places on them. Author Simon Perks is keen to hear your views.
- Support UUK’s social media campaign to promote the impact of universitiesPosted 18 January 2017UUK invites Efficiency Exchange readers to join a campaign to promote the wider impact of universities on the economy, society and individuals. UUK campaign manager Ian Morton explains.
- The importance of evidencing improvementPosted 17 November 2016How do you evidence the benefits of work you have done to improve processes in your institution? The University of Strathclyde has developed a guide and training on evidencing benefits and business improvement manager Nicola Cairns shares some of that expertise in this post.
- Making it easier to discover new approaches to efficiencyPosted 31 May 2016Need help navigating the higher education efficiency agenda? The redesigned Efficiency Exchange website will guide you towards the right place to find help.
- Universities failing to evidence the benefits of business improvement, survey revealsPosted 15 May 2015A recent survey by the University of Strathclyde reveals that universities are not successfully evidencing the benefits of business process improvement. Strathclyde's Heather Lawrence introduces the findings of the research.
- How do you demonstrate the success of efficiency projects?Posted 5 February 2015The University of Strathclyde is gathering information about how higher education practitioners demonstrate the success of their business improvement projects. The university’s business improvement manager Heather Lawrence explains how you can help.
- Hefce survey reveals bigger procurement savingsPosted 1 October 2014English universities’ procurement efficiencies have saved tens of millions of pounds in a year, according to a survey by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (Hefce).
- Monitoring efficiency and effectiveness in Swedish higher educationPosted 28 May 2014How does the Swedish approach to monitoring efficiency and effectiveness in higher education differ from the UK? Andrea Amft, Max Kesselberg and Anders Viberg of the Swedish Higher Education Authority reflect on their visit to Universities UK and HESA.