Power institutional growth

Improve student recruitment and improve relationships with supporters

Accelerate student success

Improve retention and propel your students toward graduation and employment

Deliver research excellence

Increase funding and project management for ground-breaking research

Improve institutional effectiveness

Track and report on key institutional metrics

What if your student information system supported growth?

In the continually shifting and competitive higher education landscape, delivering the right strategy for growth is critical for survival. Many institutions find that their legacy student information systems make it harder to adapt to new models, hampering Admissions and Advancement efforts. 

Unit4 Student Management supports growth strategies across the entire student lifecycle:

  • Admissions technology with configurable workflows that automate outreach campaigns based on prospect behaviour.
  • Streamlined application processes that create program-specific application types and document management.
  • Relationship management tools that build long-term affiliations with alumni and partners.

Unit4 Student Management helps Admissions and Advancement leaders to focus on recruitment and relationships, not routine tasks. 



Unit4 has worked closely with hundreds of colleges and universities around the world, including many Russell Group and IVY League institutions, that strive to serve students while conducting world-changing research.

  • “We are a textbook model for an organisation that lives in constant change, and our software systems did not have the agility to keep up. We wanted the ability to make changes ourselves, quickly, which we can get from the Unit4 solution, but that we didn’t see elsewhere in the market.”

    - Director of Finance, Cranfield University

    Read the customer success story
    Download the full case study

  • “The University of Bristol is a significant and complex organization and so requires the best administrative systems to support its strategic goals. Given the financial challenges faced by the higher education sector, the efficiency and effectiveness of key processes is increasingly important.”

    Finance Director, University of Bristol

  • "Unit4 Business World enables us to build greater efficiency and quality into the way we manage applications and awards. This, amongst other initiatives, has allowed the University to sustain and build upon its competitive advantage despite such changeable times in the sector."

    University of Southampton

  • "The Unit4 platform is very flexible, supports ongoing change and can be configured by University staff to meet local requirements."

    MIS Director, University of Cambridge

    Simplified Research Costing and Pricing at Oxford and Cambridge Universities

Deliver a digital upgrade to students, faculty and staff

Students, faculty and staff have come to expect more as they experience a technological revolution in their personal lives. Unfortunately, when it comes to their campus life, they often experience a “digital downgrade” using dated systems that don’t meet their high expectations.

With Unit4 Student Management, you can provide your students, faculty and staff with an intuitive experience built for today’s mobile user. What once was a source of disappointment has now become a competitive advantage.

With its adaptive architecture and configurable setup, Unit4 Student Management is a next-generation student information system built for change. You can update strategies and processes quickly and easily, lowering your IT investment and system support costs, while improving the user experience for faculty, staff and students.

What if your technology could help you to retain more students, and propel them towards graduation and employment?

Show Hide

Student success is more important for an institution to achieve than ever. The increasingly transactional nature of the student-university relationship means applicants study retention, graduation and employment rates in granular detail. It is vital that institutions are able to monitor, report and improve these rates so they can compete with both traditional and emerging competitors.

Unit4 Student Management allows you to predict retention rates and target at-risk students with support and specific communications. Students are supported through campus life with a personal, branded and intuitive student portal on any device, at any time. Administrators can change digital offerings using intuitive interfaces – no hard coding required. In-memory analytics can be deployed to set up dashboards to measure KPIs. The result is streamlined administration that frees up student time for studies, and administration time for personalised support.

Designed for people

Unit4 solutions for education work with your skilled staff so they can focus on education and research instead of administration. Specific modules have been designed to deal with key tasks and deliver the results you need.

  • Academic Affairs

    • Retain more students – Create student risk indicators unique to your institution and intervene with interaction plans and alerts to keep them on track.
    • Improve completion rates – Provide students with a clear understanding how to progress toward graduation with degree audit tools.
    • Propel institutional planning – Answer important assessment-related questions with advanced reporting and built-in analytics.
  • Finance Directors

    • Improve financial transparency – View and analyse data from individual departments and across the campus, from granular detail up to intuitive visualisations.
    • Reduce costs – Improve workflow and deploy self-service tools to establish a more ‘commercial’ culture that improves efficiency.
    • Increase revenue – Assess revenue-generating opportunities across the institution including housing, facilities, and instruction
  • Research Administrators

    • Empower your academics – Reduce administration and comply with funding constraints by simplifying complex reporting and workflow.
    • Increase research revenue – Assess the financial viability of potential research projects with accurate Full Economic Costing (FEC) and ensure timely funder billing.
    • Improve customer services – Manage information from a unified technology platform to provide continuity of service across the campus.
  • Head of Admissions

    • Automate your outreach campaigns – Trigger communications and follow-up tasks with configurable workflows based on prospect behavior.
    • Streamline your application process – Create program-specific application types with customised status change and document management processing.
    • Focus on recruiting, not your data – Stop worrying about transfer of data between systems with native integration between admissions and enrollment.
  • Registrar

    • Unlimited course enrollment flexibility – Set up any type of registration based on your unique needs – from traditional to non-traditional to corporate training.
    • Streamline curriculum management – Save time and hassles by copying course offering templates across the curriculum.
    • Build actionable reports – Use dashboard reporting tools to build actionable lists based on any field across the system.
  • Financial Aid Director

    • Manage all types of aid programmes – Administer the full range of institutional aid programmes – students loans, grants and scholarships.
    • Stay compliant with evolving regulatory mandates – Use built-in and ad hoc reports to stay compliant with all requirements of federal and state aid programs.
    • Automate award packaging – Mass auto-package student awards in priority order based on federal, institutional, or borrower-based rules.
  • Head of Advancement

    • Improve fundraising – Acquire, retain and upgrade donors using robust marketing tools and embedded analytics.
    • Identify and nurture prospects – Configure and automate personalized outreach campaigns based on prospect demographics and behavior.
    • Strengthen donor relationships – Gain a 360-degree view of alumni and donors with an institution-wide CRM that leverages relationships across departments and constituent groups.
  • Faculty and Advisors

    • Identify and intervene with at-risk students – Receive notifications and execute intervention plans with at-risk students while there’s still time to turn them around.
    • Track all types of academic milestones – Monitor any type of program milestone specific to your institution, such as clinical hours, dissertation, etc..
  • Students

    • Provide an intuitive, mobile experience – Meet the expectations of today’s tech-savvy students with touch-first design available anytime, anywhere, on any device.
    • Keep students on track towards graduation – Help your students make good academic choices with degree audit and degree shopping tools.
    • Improve students’ personal ROI – Equip students with everything they need to manage all their academic affairs in one convenient place.

What if financial impacts of research opportunities, bids and projects were fully transparent?

The business of research is more complex than ever before. Global institutions and new entrants are competing for funds, and funders expect increasing levels of financial compliance.

Unit4 Research Management helps you outperform the competition. It provides transparency from commercial, compliance and financial perspectives and unlocks insights with in-memory analytic tools so that academic, business development and finance teams can plan success. And it automates more financial and project administration tasks so that skilled researchers can focus on world-changing research. 

Get the Seven Deadly Sins of Research Inefficiency
and see how the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge simplify
Research, Costing and Pricing

What if you could divert money from the back office to front line services?

Show Hide

With Unit4 Business World, you’ll be able to do more with less. An integrated, self-driving ERP can help your highly skilled staff minimize time-consuming manual administrative tasks, and deliver the right information to the right people at the right time. The result is that your staff have more time to motivate and mentor, research and discover. 

Unit4 Business World is designed to be configured – and reconfigured – by your employees. Systems adapt to change faster, without expensive IT contractors. This lowers the total cost of ownership, liberating funds to be redirected to front-line services.

The result is complete control of your institution’s finances, people and projects, so you can attract and retain the best students, undertake world-changing research, and maintain leadership among your peers in higher education.

What if you could easily monitor, report and improve on key institutional metrics?

Tuition pricing pressure, shrinking budgets, and higher expectations from constituents have created a new economic model for colleges and universities to be better stewards of their resources. Unfortunately, outdated systems result in manual workarounds that delay services to students and encourage inaccurate recordkeeping. Shadow systems and siloed operations create an opaque information hub that discourages collaboration and undermines data integrity. And disconnected administrative systems make it difficult to craft budgets and control spending, and to quantify the ROI of your human capital.

To overcome these obstacles, Unit4 Education Solutions are built on the flexible Unit4 People Platform that enables you to adapt your strategies and processes without needing to hire expensive IT consultants to modify your system. You can maintain a laser focus on key metrics with visual dashboards and embedded analytics that get the right information in the right hands at the right time. With Unit4 Student Management, you can eliminate the expense of maintaining pieced-together systems by automating the entire student lifecycle. And with Business World ERP’s unified finance, HR, payroll, projects and procurement systems, you can increase financial transparency while reducing costs through improved workflow processes and productivity-enhancing self-service tools.

Cloud Your Way

Our unique Cloud Your Way design empowers your team to move solutions in whole or in part between public cloud, private cloud and on-premises deployment.  You achieve compliance and security as you control what goes on the cloud and when it gets there. That is the power of Business World’s Cloud Your Way.

The solution that we deliver has the same functional depth, no matter how you choose to deploy it.

Unit4 cloud your way

Find out more