In a competitive environment, against a demographic downturn in the UK, recruiting sufficient students will remain challenging which results in pressure on income. At the same time, costs of employment are increasing through national insurance, pensions and the national living wage. The grant letter from BIS in March 2016 stated that ‘We look to all higher education institutions to improve efficiency and control costs’.

    The student experience remains a key differentiator for institutions and performance in the national student survey and associated league tables has significant implications for student recruitment and reputation.

    We examine the need for higher education institutions to achieve further value for money (VfM) gains without compromising quality and satisfaction. 

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    Good practice in achieving value for money

    Good practice in achieving value for money

    We explain the key areas of good practice when developing value for money strategies and what to include wider than cost and efficiency savings.

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    How effective is your institution

    Value for money - do you really know how effective and efficient your institution is?

    Do you focus on costs or outcomes when analysing your value for money strategy? We explore the importance of linking cost and service delivery. 

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    Sustainable value for money strategy

    Developing a sustainable value for money strategy

    What approach does your institution have for value for money strategy? Most higher education institutions take three broad approaches discover which approach best suits your institution.

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    How we have helped clients

    How have we helped clients?

    We have supported a number of clients with value for money activities, hear their stories.

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