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UniForum Benchmarking Exercise

06 Jul 2015

The University has agreed to participate in a cost benchmarking exercise of its professional support services with a number of other Russell Group institutions

This is a strategically important piece of work for the University and will give us a clear view of how activities are resourced and deployed in the PSS in order to meet our Manchester 2020 ambitions.  This work will help us to ensure we’re prepared to meet current challenges and be ready to face the future by making informed choices about future investment and building future capabilities to be competitive.

The Project is being led by Cubane, an Australian company with extensive experience in running similar projects, using a robust methodology which is tried, tested and trusted.

The first stage of the Project, now underway, involves all non-academic pay costs being allocated against an agreed Activity Framework, to enable comparison of our costs with similar activity in other institutions.

This will be a large-scale undertaking with several hundred managers required to complete the Activity Survey over the summer period. These Survey Respondents are currently being identified and training sessions are being arranged for later in July.

The Project is being co-ordinated by Helen Barton, Director of Planning and Paul Oates, Project Manager, from the Change Management and Process Improvement team.