In this month's email: HERBi shared services tool seeks beta-testers; Higher Education open data mashup day launched.
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A selection of news and updates shared by the Efficiency Exchange during September

Screenshot of the HERBi tool
HERBi shared services tool seeks beta-testers
The HEFCE-funded ‘HERBi’ project, which will help institutions to understand the potential costs and savings of shared services arrangements, is almost ready for launch. And project manager Simon Perks is looking for volunteers to test the interactive tool before it goes live.
The Aber-Bangor Strategic Alliance
People, process and performance - a model for change in HE?
Aber-Bangor Strategic Alliance's Chris Drew provides the first in a series of posts by the nine ITF-funded projects focused on engaging the higher education workforce in initiating change.
Ian Herbert and Andrew Rothwell, Loughborough University
Are we really competing? Should we be collaborating?
In a two-part series, Andrew Rothwell and Ian Herbert of Loughborough University’s Centre for Global Sourcing and Services outline their predictions for a range of new public-private partnerships in universities and other developments in the sector.
Julie Northam and Richard Bond
Discussion: restructuring a research office
Restructuring can help to achieve many efficiency benefits for universities - but it is never an easy option. In this discussion, Bournemouth University's Julie Northam and Richard Bond of UWE share their experiences of restructuring a research office.
A man using Call for Participants
How student innovation is supporting efficiency in education
Following the shortlisting of six digital solutions for Jisc funding as part of the Summer of Student Innovation, Rosie Niven catches up with a 2013 winner to find out the progress of his project.
A man using Call for Participants
Embracing Efficiencies and Shared Services in Higher Education
A forum was held in September examining the issues around efficiency and shared services, following the publication of the Universities UK report on ‘Efficiency, Effectiveness and Value for Money’ led by Professor Sir Ian Diamond. Read on to find relevant Efficiency Exchange resources.

In conversation

Gerry Webber, Edinburgh Napier
Gerry Webber: ‘universities are constantly reinventing themselves’ 
Edinburgh Napier University’s secretary tells Rosie Niven about how Lego is providing an inspiration for delivering services to students and reveals his dislike of forms.
 
Casey Gutteridge/Archant
Andrew May: 'we are the vehicle for driving the efficiency agenda'
As the University of Hertfordshire approaches the midway point of its ten-year long estates strategy, its director of estates tells Rosie Niven about how estates are at the forefront of the efficiency agenda at the institution. Image: Casey Gutteridge/Archant
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Open data mashup | 17 November

The event

 
Universities and developers will be brought together for an open data mashup day on 17 November, hosted by Universities UK, working in partnership with the Open Data Institute and Jisc.

Staff from higher education institutions developers and designers are invited to register for the event, which will explore the value of working with open data. Read more >

 

The challenge

 
The mashup organisers are launching a challenge to developers in universities and the digital industries to visualise an app that uses open data to help university students navigate key points in their 'student journey'.

Finalists will be able to attend the mashup day with the potential to win development support of up to £5,000. Read more >
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