Efficiency and effectiveness in higher education: a report by the Universities UK Efficiency and Modernisation Task Group

Report coverEffectiveness, efficiency and value for money are central concerns for the higher education sector. Although significant progress has already been made in this area, there is substantial scope to achieve further cost savings and embed a continuous commitment to efficiency.

As well as highlighting current good practice, this report focuses on identifying those areas where more effective or sector-wide approaches to efficiency might be necessary to overcome duplication or fragmentation, and how this can be brought about through strengthened leadership both at institutional and sector level.

Drawing on evidence from the sector, and lessons from the wider public and private sectors, this report makes a series of recommendations of action that can help the sector realise its potential.


Universities determined to review and prove value of degrees

16 November 2020
​Universities in England are developing a charter to help ensure they take a consistent and transparent approach to identifying and improving potentially low value or low quality courses.

Package of measures proposed to enable universities to play a critical role in rebuilding the nation

10 April 2020
The Government and the higher education sector must jointly take action to ensure universities across all four nations of the UK are able to play a central role in the recovery of the economy and communities following the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Presenting university income and spending to students

21 October 2019
David Phoenix on the importance of universities presenting their financial information to students.

Universities must help secure a sustainable future for our planet

4 April 2019
The University of Edinburgh's Dave Gorman on the steps his institution is taking to reduce carbon emissions and make a sustainable and socially responsible contribution to the world.