University of Bristol is improving its data analytics and management services with the UNIT4 Campus system, to support finance, procurement and HR.
With the system the university is aiming to ensure the efficient use of staff time, deliver improved use of management information and data analysis, and establish an improved IT systems architecture.
In providing UNIT4 Campus in support of finance, procurement, HR and payroll to over 5,000 users, the university expects to deliver better services to its staff, reduce administration overheads, and "provide greater clarity on valuable data from which better informed decisions can be made", the university said.
“The University of Bristol is a significant and complex organisation and so requires the best administrative systems to support its strategic goals,” said Andrew Nield, finance director at University of Bristol.
He said: “Given the financial challenges faced by the higher education sector, the efficiency and effectiveness of key processes is increasingly important.”
The current systems in place evolved from their various areas of focus and operation, which led to duplication of data between core HR, finance and payroll applications.
UNIT4 Campus will replace these separate systems with an integrated solution. A "principle investigator" for instance, will be able to use the system to check on and allocate budget, view staffing levels and receive automatic alerts.
“Given we operate in such a dynamic sector, UNIT4 Campus’ flexibility is a considerable advantage,” said Luke Taylor, assistant IT director at University of Bristol. “Not only does it provide the rich functionality we require to deliver efficient and effective services, but when we need to reconfigure the solution to meet a change in circumstance, we can configure it ourselves.
"Critically this will result in a lower cost of ownership and faster reactions to changing strategy,” said Taylor.