Shared services

Higher education institutions (HEIs) are already co-operating in many areas to achieve significant savings and improvements in performance by sharing services. Current examples of this co-operation include UCAS, the Joint Information Systems Committee, and the Higher Education Statistics Agency.  

Our approach

Our most recent work on developing shared services in the HE sector has been to work in partnership with sector bodies to address the impact of Value Added Tax (VAT).

Our initial approach to developing shared services throughout the sector was to identify and fund areas of shared service activity through our Procurement and Shared Services budget. We invited views and funded a series of feasibility studies.  We have subsequently identified partner institutions and funded pilot projects. 

Further information

Contact Steve Butcher at HEFCE, tel 0117 931 7425, e-mail for further information about shared services

Page last updated 18 December 2013

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