Creating Value has produced two interim reports, which summarise the evidence base for the online resource.
The first interim report (Word doc) is based on a literature review of 35 sources. It summarises some key principles for delivering efficiencies successfully, as well as some promising mechanisms for delivering efficiencies in HE.
The second interim report (Word doc) draws together all the evidence from the literature review, and interviews with managers who have delivered efficiencies successfully. It contains more detailed information on challenges, key principles for delivering efficiencies, considerations for senior managers, and approaches to use in delivering efficiencies.
The final project research report (Word doc) draws together all the evidence from the three strands of the project- the literature review, interviews, and trial projects in the four participating universities. There is also a sources of information (Word doc) paper which briefly summarises the different pieces of literature used in the research, which embedded links where possible.
The project was also involved in running a conference called Creating value: Delivering more with less in HE. The event focused on different approaches to delivering efficiencies, and the presentations from the day can be downloaded below:
- Keynote address We don't make cars, do we? Is HE ready for Lean? (PDF file) Professor Zoe Radnor, University of Cardiff
- Lean (Powerpoint file) Richard Kershaw, Capgemini Consulting
- Data mining to identify potential efficiencies (Powerpoint file) Adrian Theed and Tim Shepheard Walwyn, Lightfoot Solutions
- Making shared services successful (Powerpoint file) (Shared Services - Carol Mills.ppt) Carol Mills, University of Liverpool
- Using Idea Capture Schemes (Powerpoint file) Anthony Denatale, IdeasUK. Another useful resource is the IdeasUK blog.
- Using Enterprise Architecture to identify and realise efficiencies (Powerpoint file) Jo Smith, University College Falmouth
- Introduction of Lean at Durham University (Powerpoint file) Naomi Blayney, Durham University
- Process Map Library at the University of Kent (Powerpoint file) Melissa Bradley, University of Kent
In addition, there are a few websites of particular interest to those looking to deliver efficiencies in their university:
- The JISC Infonet has a wealth of information and resources for universities, many of which are directly applicable to the delivery of efficiencies
- Universities UK’s ongoing work on Efficiency and Modernisation provides useful insight and advice
- The Benefits-Led IT project, led by Newcastle University, has a toolkit on realising all the benefits from IT projects. The learning is transferable to activities other than IT projects.