Shared Services for HE
21 Nov 2011
Strategies for results. Held at Hotel Ibis London Earls Court, London SW6.

Headline Speakers

Historically, Higher Education Institutions have ventured into shared ‘back office’ functions, but with impending budget cuts, you may be considering cost reductions and efficiency savings across the board. However, shared services are not without their hurdles - with complex technical, legal, VAT and HR issues to overcome. By attending this conference online you will explore fresh models of service provision and have a fantastic blueprint for saving money and improving efficiency.

Mike Baker Broadcaster and Journalist
Welcome and introduction from conference Chair

Professor Malcolm Gillies, Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive, London Metropolitan University, and Chair, London Higher
Update on ‘London Higher’: beyond cost reductions towards improved quality and shared risks

Steve Butcher, Head of Procurement and Shared Services, Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE)
Processing the impact of the Universities Modernisation Fund

Chris Cobb, Chief Operating Officer and University Secretary, University of London
Defining shared services: outsourcing, sharing collaboratively between institutions or centralising?

Questions and discussion: Session 1
Refreshments, networking and exhibition
Daniel Perry Head, Strategic Business, JANET (UK)
From talk to action: identifying and overcoming the obstacles of shared services

Glynne Stanfield, Education Partner, Eversheds
Legalities/ VAT

Professor Jeff Waage, Director, London International Development Centre
Cooperating in research and teaching while retaining independence - the Bloomsbury experience

Panel Discussion: Session 2
How can we prioritise areas where collaboration is likely to bring most benefit in each organisation? Should we come together to form a ‘Shared Services Advisory Board’ Session speakers

Buffet lunch, networking and exhibition
Interview: Glynne Stanfield Partner - Eversheds
Chris Hale Deputy Director of Policy, Universities UK (UUK)
UUK Efficiencies Taskforce and Next Steps Chris Hale in place of Ian Diamond, University of Aberdeen

Chris Hale Questions and discussion
Neville Cannon, Assistant Director for Information and Communication Technology, Plymouth City Council
Looking beyond our HE neighbours: Higher Education & Local Authority Shared Services (HELASS)

Creating successful partnerships to achieve replicable Shared Services
Derek Feeney, CEO, An Chéim Martine Carassik, Strategic Consultant, SunGard Higher Education

Questions and discussion: Session 3
Refreshments, networking and exhibition
Seminar 1: Shared services in HE – getting ready for the cost sharing exemption
Andy Shenstone, Director, Further and Higher Education Capita Consulting Seminar sponsored by: Capita Consulting

Seminar 2: IT as a Service, how ready are you?
Mike Wheeler, Director, Prolinx John Hemingway, Director, Nov8 Seminar sponsored by: Prolinx

Seminar 3: When is it right to share? – the options, the benefits and the issues to consider, showcasing practical examples of how shared services can work in the HE Sector
Nick Gibson, Head of Education and Research Solutions, UNIT4 Business Software Ltd seminar sponsored by: Unit 4 Business Software

Seminar 4: Shared services: a different approach for a different environment; turning debate into reality
Mike Roberts, IT Director, Warwick University seminar sponsored by: Tribal

Interview Mike Baker, Broadcaster and Journalist
Interview Simon Blackburn, Marketing and Sales Director, Prolinx