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Internal News - 02 August 2007

University sells SERAP

The University of Bath has sold its specialist educational data processing and reporting services, known as SERAP (the Schools Exam Results Analysis Project) to the RM Group, a leading provider of educational products and services.

SERAP, based in Carpenter House, was set up in 1978 and provides services to local authorities and exam boards. It has worked with RM to collect and process academic and vocational exam results to produce national tables of pupils’ attainments for the Government.

Eight members of SERAP staff will transfer to the RM Group and SERAP’s assets will be managed by Forvus, RM’s specialist data services company based in Clapham, London.

Gordon Brown, Head of SERAP, said: “Becoming part of Forvus provides an exciting future for the business. I look forward to working with them to consolidate and grow the business and extend the range of services we offer. We are particularly pleased that we are joining a group which shares our belief that educational data provides a significant tool for the improvement of education.”

Tim Pearson, CEO of RM, said: “It’s great to welcome the SERAP team to RM. We’re excited by the opportunities their skills and market relationships open up for our assessment and data business. Bringing SERAP into RM also significantly enhances our ability to deliver important contracts for the Department for Children, Schools and Families more efficiently and effectively.”

Founded in 1973, the RM Group works closely with educationalists to create new products, processes and technology which improve teaching and learning.