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SEP admissions release goes live

20 Oct 2021

Update from Simon Merrywest, SEP Programme Director, on the release of new processes and technology to support admissions

A photo of the Alan Gilbert Learning Commons

Following a delay at the start of the week due to unrelated network issues, I am very pleased to be able to confirm that the release of new admissions functionality has gone ahead and systems are now live and available to users and applicants.

The release has introduced standardised and streamlined processes for taught and postgraduate research admissions that will improve the experience for both staff and applicants. Some examples of this include:

  • A new dynamic direct entry application form, and ability for applicants to upload relevant documents to their applicant record, meaning a smoother application experience for applicants and an easier evaluation process for staff.
  • Automated processes and communications, saving staff time and reducing reliance on email.
  • Standardisation of offer making and identifiers for particular categories of applicant, improving data quality, reporting and tracking.
  • Streamlined immigration processes, reducing high volumes of queries across the University.
  • Evaluation functionality for postgraduate research (PGR) applicants to facilitate the movement of applications between PS and academic staff, and allow for evaluation and funding decisions to be made.

I would like to thank and congratulate the team involved in this upgrade for their incredible efforts. This has involved a partnership of people working across the Programme, IT Services and colleagues who use Campus Solutions and other systems as part of their daily role. Their task was not an easy one and they have faced significant challenges over this last and previous weekends (including overnight) to deploy the upgrade. I hope that the whole team will take some time to reflect with pride at what they have achieved.

The release follows on from and supports the changes that were made to organisational structures across admissions earlier this year. These changes strengthened partnership working across central Directorates, Faculties and Schools, introducing a single team approach with consistent roles and structures.

Best wishes

Simon Merrywest