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What we do

Planning across the University

Planning is a University-wide activity. The Directorate of Planning works closely with planning and finance colleagues in the Faculties who deal with local Faculty and School planning matters. We meet regularly and work together within the University’s planning and accountability cycle to facilitate two-way communications, ensure consistency of practice, and share data and information.

Planning and performance review

The planning and performance review team support a number of key planning processes:

  • Development of the University’s strategic plan, Manchester 2020, and production of the annual Stocktake Report
  • The University’s planning and accountability cycle, including Annual Performance Reviews (APRs) and operational priorities
  • The work of the Planning and Resources Committee (PRC)
  • Planning processes within Professional Services, including PS operational priorities

Planning and management information

The planning and management information team are responsible for:

  • Statutory reporting: submitting the University’s student HESA and HESES returns, and a number of other statutory requirements
  • Student number planning and associated resource allocation
  • Management information: the production of a range of student-related management information, including 1 December student profile, SSRs, non-continuation and widening participation data
  • Benchmarking data against other institutions through league tables, cost centre comparisons and performance indicators

Data analysis

Data analysis is conducted on a range of student based data to produce research that is used in formulating strategic and operational plans and policy. Key areas of the student experience are studied to ensure that delivery meets the needs of the diverse student population.

Strategic projects

The Directorate of Planning co-ordinates a number of strategic projects, including:

  • Establishing our relationship with the Office for Students - the OfS is the new regulator for the HE sector and we are leading the work to register the University and manage transitional arrangements
  • Scenario planning - working with senior leadership teams and Faculty planning colleagues
  • The Higher Education Business and Community Interaction Survey (HEBCIS) - this survey underpins a significant amount of annual innovation funding from the government
  • HESA Data Futures – managing the transition from an annual retrospective student return in 2018/2019 to an in-year cumulative return from 2019/2020 onwards