When Nottingham Trent University engaged with Simpson Associates they had an ambitious plan to develop a planning application that would connect their course data, student data and employee data sources and feed them into a single architecture to summarise student income and costs across the university.
Rebecca Radics, Project Manager, describes the rational for the project: “We wanted to integrate our overall planning models to create a holistic view of the whole process. Data flowing automatically between the student planning model and the staff planning model meant that we could save staff resource time and ensure we were able to get accurate information out of the system in real time.”
By integrating their planning models Nottingham Trent University can model scenarios within their planning application much more efficiently and make much more time available to analyse the impacts. Sue Reader, Corporate Finance and Planning Manager, describes what they have achieved:
“We now have an integrated planning application. We put in course data and student data and use that to model our student numbers and our fee income. We input employee data and use that to model the resources that we require. Then both of those feed into our finance model which summarises the income and the cost for the university during the period.”
Additionally key stakeholders in NTU have a greater degree of confidence in their reports, with numbers coming directly from the plan, as Sue explains: “It benefits people asking for information because they get it more quickly. They benefit from it coming directly from the plan compared to how it used to be done; essentially creating a manual process each time to source the data, join it and then develop a report. As the information is now coming directly from the planning model it’s faster, easier and totally reliable and of course, it’s consistent with our plans.”
Simpson Associates has been working with institutions for over 10 years helping them with their Data Management, Reporting & Analysis and Planning & Forecasting challenges. Visit our website to learn more about how we have helped clients including the University of Oxford, University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University.