Delivering value for money activities

Many thanks to all those who have already submitted ideas of how the University delivered value for money in 2016/17.

In case you didn’t see our previous articles on 7 August and 22 August we are asking colleagues to send in examples of using resources innovatively and wisely in order to provide or improve value for money.

If you are aware of such initiatives, please send examples to Bridget Conneally, so they can be considered for inclusion in your department’s response.

Below you’ll find some more examples that were included in last year’s report.

Many thanks for getting involved and helping with this year’s report.

Energy savings

  • By implementing auto-powerdown software on 1,300 PCs across campus, Computing Services is saving £80k and 300t of CO2 annually.
  • The Department of Estates has continued to make cost and carbon saving improvements, (see this article) and self-generation of energy has increased significantly.

Wise time management

  • In the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering a number of Boards of Examiners for Programmes have been combined saving approximately 100 staff hours per year.

Efficient, economical equipment

  • The Mail Room invested in new ‘Mailmark’ franking technology, which is more efficient and economical. E.g. a second class letter can be sent for 37p – saving 3p per letter against the previous rate.
  • Instead of spending £40k on a new tractor, Estates purchased a second hand 362 Massey Ferguson tractor for £6k, with a life expectancy of 5 to 10 years.

Generating income to reinvest in facilities

  • Ahs introduced changes to its Guest Accommodation Service, including a new IT system, resulting in increased sales of student accommodation during the vacation period, streamlined reservations and front-of-house processes, more effective communication and teamwork, improved retention of summer staff and excellent guest feedback. £1.2m was generated which has supported improvements to student accommodation and enhanced the student experience.
  • We optimise use of University research equipment to ensure high usage levels and low downtime. By promoting the facilities to external consultancies, income is generated to offset salary and running costs, and to invest in developing the facility’s services with new equipment. Amalgamating similar instruments within a single facility, (e.g. the Chemical Characterisation & Analysis Facility (CCAF) and our Microscopy & Analysis Suite) allows benefits from economies of scale as well as providing a consistent, sustainable and transparent approach to management of resources.
  • The Department of Development & Alumni Relations, have developed new and existing relationships and, by diversifying funding sources, in 2015/16 a total of £4,866,890[GS2] in philanthropic gifts was raised from alumni, Trusts & Foundations, companies and other friends. The generosity of our supporters enables us to invest in a huge range of activities. For example: The Annual Fund Panel provided £174,000 of scholarships, and allocated £93,000 towards 23 initiatives, supporting student clubs and societies, as well as pump priming research projects.

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