Unit4 Business World for Education is a unified finance, HR, procurement, asset management and projects system for universities and colleges. Part of Unit4's fully integrated Education solutions, it delivers tangible benefits including improving financial transparency, automating workflow processes and productivity, and assessing revenue-generating opportunities across your institution.

Agile people-centric ERP focused around your people

Our extensive understanding of the sector has allowed us to develop a suite of solutions to manage the day-to-day activities of administrators both now and in the future, on an international scale.

Unit4 Business World provides:

  • solutions tailored for the unique needs of dynamic institutions;
  • a powerful toolset for responding to evolving needs without the need for IT support;
  • all the business information needed to enable sound and timely decision-making.

A better solution

Improve financial transparency

View and analyse data from individual departments across the campus, from granular detail up to intuitive visualisations

Get the best from your people

Manage all aspects of the hire-to-retire cycle to help get the best from your most important asset – your staff

Streamline purchasing processes

Gain better visibility and control of your institution’s spending and commitments throughout the purchasing process

Focus on operational effectiveness

Benefit from revenue-generating opportunities across the institution including housing, facilities and instruction 

What if you could reduce costs and improve efficiency using one, integrated solution?

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Our single, comprehensive solution eliminates the expense of managing pieced-together systems and reduces redundant data entries.
Unit4 Business World for Education provides the visibility and control to drive financial efficiency for even the largest, most diverse or fast-changing national and international universities around the world.
Users can not only meet all their statutory accounting and reporting duties, but are also much better placed to minimise risks, respond to change, and seize opportunities. The system has been designed to satisfy the detailed accounting requirements of core users in education finance teams.
  • Achieve a complete overview of processes and performance in a single system.
  • Provide powerful workflow and deploy self-service tools for timely access to on-demand data in easy-to-use dashboards to simplify strategic decision-making.
  • Benefit from integrated institution-wide data management and analysis and reporting tools.
  • Achieve fewer reconciliations and faster close times through standardisation and automation of university-wide administrative processes.
  • Reduce time spent on administrative tasks versus strategic and core activities.
  • Lower your total cost of ownership and cost of change.

Put agile, effective people management at the heart of your institution

Institutions face many HR challenges, whether it is staying on top of constantly changing regulations, inefficiency of managing multiple HR and payroll systems, or difficulty recruiting distinguished and promising faculty members.
Unit4 solutions are designed for people. They ensure that you can get the most out of your most important asset – your staff.

 

Whether you are looking for specific stand-alone systems or a total people management software suite, our HR and payroll solutions deliver the operational agility to better manage every stage in the employee lifecycle no matter what changes along the way.

  • Benefit from a single, integrated, definitive control and information center to get the best from your workforce, and keep them happy.
  • Using employee and manager self-service, ensure all your people are kept up to date with everything they need to know.
  • Standardise and streamline business processes and monitors trends – such as absenteeism.
  • Operate safely and effectively with the right skills available at all times.
  • Keep personnel data organized and under control – no matter where it comes from or how intricate and fast-changing it is.
  • Provide full support for payments for all employee types, fulfilling all legal, regulatory and taxation requirements.

And when regulations do change, the solution’s unique architecture means that you can easily adapt and update the system yourself, to reflect new structures and procedures. 

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What if you could gain better visibility and control of your institution’s spending?

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With a single, shared procurement system that is fully integrated with your accounts, you can gain much better visibility and control of your institution’s spending and commitments. This is especially important for universities and colleges, where there is often a mixture of central and devolved purchasing and a need for swifter, automated approval routing and real-time monitoring of planned, committed and incurred project costs.
Unit4 Business World for Education includes a fully integrated, end-to-end solution that supports, automates and standardises all stages of the purchasing and procurement cycle.
The solution gives your procurement team better central visibility and analysis of spending patterns, so they can aggregate spending via preferred or strategic suppliers, reduce maverick spending and negotiate better terms and prices.
Employees are given a single, easy-to-use procurement screen and the system automatically identifies and applies the correct buying process specified for a particular employee or role. Users can also be allowed to “punchout” to suppliers’ marketplace portals or websites, and purchase requests are quickly and automatically routed by the solution’s Workflow tools for more efficient checking and approval.

Find out how Unit4 was key to 20% academic admin cut and 300% rise in research revenue targets

Secure student income by focusing on the operational effectiveness of your property portfolio

Our enterprise asset management solution has been developed for Education institutions with ambitions to attract students by offering a high-quality campus and facilities.

To support the end-to-end management of the property portfolio of your campus, the solution supports the entire process from strategy planning and preparation, to execution and accounting. This means you can:

•    Reduce the disruption to daily business resulting from inefficient assets.
•    Improve the quality and life expectancy of your estate assets and defer replacement.
•    Maximise the return on investment from your assets costs.
•    Reduce the costs of estate management and inspections administration.
•    Maximise efficiency and productivity of estate management operations.
•    Optimise communication in a field service operation.

Dedicated project and people management

Unit4 Business World’s project and people management is the best way to optimize, automate and manage the people and processes involved in even the most complex projects. It covers the whole project lifecycle – from initiation through resourcing and costing, all the way to billing, reporting and analysis.

Because Business World reflects your institution’s changes seamlessly and instantly, you will always have a comprehensive and accurate view of your project and the detailed definition, costing and resourcing information you need for effective planning, coordination and decision-making.

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Experiences

  • “Roles, reporting, everything will change again, and our Unit4 cloud solution allows us to do this easily, without organisational disruption.”

    IT Systems Administrator, Södertörn University

    Read how Södertörn University achieved $500k+ savings over 11 years thanks to Unit4 cloud deployment
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  • “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

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  • “We were overwhelmingly pleased with the ability to change and flexibility we experienced with our Unit4 finance system."

    Royal Roads University

  • “We selected the Unit4 solution because it delivers the flexibility we need to manage a diverse program of projects and activities. It provided clear value for money compared to alternatives and the Unit4 team showed they can help us respond to current and future challenges."

    Universidade Católica Portuguesa

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  • “By streaming our P2P process and changing our working practices, we are managing increasing transaction numbers with less people. We are also reducing the number of days it takes us to pay a supplier by 15%.”

    University of Bath

  • “Savings are being redirected to frontline services and there will be more savings to come. As the solution is cloud there is no under-utilisation of network infrastructure or IT resources and the institutions will only pay for the services used.”

    General Manager of Essex Shared Services

    Read how two Essex colleges enjoyed £80,000 savings in first year of shared service

Cloud at your Speed

Enabling your team to fully control your move to the cloud securely - at the speed you require.

  • Flexible: you choose if and when to transition your solutions to the cloud, with minimal effort.
  • Standardised: Easy to implement and use, with low implementation costs, and vastly reducing the time to value. 
  • Ready to use: Access your software anywhere, anytime, with any device without delay.
  • Business continuity: Continually benefit from the latest innovations with our cloud options - without extra configuration or extensive testing.

With Cloud at your Speed, you have full control of what goes on the cloud, and when it gets there.

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