The University sector is facing growing financial pressures and a need to improve student outcomes and research productivity. Student applications to enrol at Universities are decreasing and the short to medium term trends indicate that this will only continue. Universities are competing with one another for an increasingly smaller student cohort requiring their educational offer to students, retention rates and student outcomes to be at the very highest levels to ensure financial sustainability. Brexit and recent restructuring within research councils questions the availability of research funding at existing levels. In this competitive environment, there will be inevitably winners and losers. The winners will have understood their own business performance and the market they compete in through deep analysis of all the available data. Those Universities that succeed will have the brightest and best local and international student communities and exciting funded research projects. Losers will find it difficult to attract students and research funding. Ultimately, their very survival as a viable institution will be in doubt.
In this intensely competitive environment, existing management systems need to be considerably more contextual, comprehensive, accurate and timely than what we currently see. The key to managing University performance better is contained within the incredible amount of data both generated and stored by the Universities and external bodies. There is more information available than can be managed or mined by conventional process and reporting methods and only sophisticated and structured data management and analytics systems can extract the insights that provide management and staff with what they need to plan and optimise operational, financial, student and research performance. 5 to 7% improvements in performance targets and KPI’s should be expected from an integrated University wide deployment of Data & Analytics, creating many £M’s in additional revenues and savings. Outcomes in student and research performance can be expected at similar levels positively impacting the University standing on UK and World rankings as well as REF and TEF.
For Data & Analytics deployments to transform performance, providers need to combine the best know-how of the business processes, technology and data science. OCF DATA has an unrivalled set of skills in all these areas and provides solutions as individually configured services to meet the specific business challenges and needs of the user organisation. We have:
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