Service contracts with four institutions have already been implemented or agreed in the last 12 months. ULCC is already a hub for JANET, the UK’s Higher Education’s network.
An agreement between the University of London Computer Centre and supplier UNIT4 is to offer a shared services platform for educational institutions across the UK.
The organisations claim the agreement is the first of its kind, where an educational establishment and a vendor jointly provide enterprise software as a shared service.
The shared services offering to Further and Higher Education Institutions will be based on the Agresso Campus Platform, which includes a portfolio of applications including financial management, student management, research award management, CRM, curriculum management and reporting and analytics. ULCC will provide hosting and support services to customers.
Richard Maccabee, Director of ICT at the University of London, said the offering would allow customers to benefit from reduced IT infrastructure costs. “Integrated back-office solutions will become indispensable as institutions look to address sector challenges. Agresso’s architecture is unique and allows us to easily adapt the solution to meet the individual requirements of customers.
"This improves our competitive advantage and will keep our development costs low.”
Research published this week found that demand for shared services is set to increase as ‘cost-cutting’ and ‘increasing efficiency’ are key priorities for the further education sector.