Higher education is going through a significant period of change that is having far reaching implications. These changes are being driven by a number of factors including internationalisation, globalisation of higher education provision, and increasing competition fuelled in the UK by changing student needs and expectations. Changes to student funding in England in particular will have a big impact on institution behaviour.
Institutions are being challenged as never before to consider their fundamental role, position in the market, organisational structures, relationships with other providers, and partnerships with others, as well as a range of policies and processes. This is causing institutions to reflect on how they operate and are structured, particularly how they engage with other institutions and organisations to deliver value to their students and other stakeholders. This has raised the profile of collaborations, alliances and mergers (CAM) in the sector.
The CAM Agenda
Over the years we have developed trusted relationships with the sector and sector bodies. This means that it is well placed to offer advice and support in the three areas of what is being called the ‘CAM agenda’:
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We are working at a national level with the Higher Education Funding Council for England (Hefce) and other sector bodies on the CAM agenda and on the wider work being done to improve efficiencies. As a result, and in response to demand from the sector, we can offer advisers to support you in your strategic thinking and action around this increasingly important agenda.
We can work as a trusted critical friend, supporting and advising before you make any formal commitments to a possible collaboration, alliance or merger, or helping you progress plans that are already in place.
This advice could cover a wider range of activities, including:
More information is available in the brochure Collaborations, Alliances and Mergers.
Contact Andy Shenstone, Director of Consultancy to find out more.