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Sharing Good Practice for Smarter Universities

Efficiency is high on the agenda of all university Registrars and COOs with an increasing need to demonstrate impact and to use resources efficiently and effectively. Here we bring together some of the contributions that AHUA members have made to the Efficiency Exchange, sharing best practice for smarter universities.


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Operational Efficiency: Learning from Leicester City’s Premiership Success

What can universities learn from Leicester City’s Premiership success? Perhaps more than you realise. Alison Kennell, University Secretary at York St John University discusses parallels identified between football management and institutional efficiency in a recent project to introduce LEAN processes. 


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Enabling Efficiency in Internal Collaboration

The University of Dundee have implemented new IT collaboration software to join up processes and facilitate better working across the institution. Dr Jim McGeorge, Secretary of the University explains the benefits.


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Expert-ease – Shared Services in Scotland

Shared Service centres are not just efficient and effective for institutions, they are also the preferred choice for staff. Angus Warren, CEO of APUC (Advanced Procurement for Universities and Colleges) argues that procurement could be a model for other professional services. APUC is the procurement centre of expertise for Scotland’s universities and colleges.


The Sustainability of UK HE: A Real and Present Danger?

Ian Creagh, Head of Administration and College Secretary at King’s College London looks at the future sustainability of UK higher education and examines the risks that the sector is currently facing.


Neologisms – Introducing “Co-Sectoring”

Chris Cobb, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Operations) and Chief Operating Officer at the University of London examines the idea of shared-services and outsourcing in higher education.


Uncut Diamond

Gerry Webber, University Secretary at Edinburgh Napier University and Chair of APUC discusses efficiency, effectiveness and value for money in Higher Education.