University of Bristol aims to improve administrative services in significant contract with Unit4


  • Russell Group University to manage finance, procurement, human resources and payroll with Agresso-based technology
  • Will support processes across 6 academic faculties, 25 academic schools and 9 support divisions
  • Will enable the institution to implement an integrated, agile, efficient and effective administrative solution across the University

Bristol, UK, 30 January, 2014. Unit4 Business Software Ltd, the global leader in software that supports business change, today announced that University of Bristol is to implement the UNIT4 Campus solution. The University, which is ranked in the top 30 globally* and which has one of the highest number of applicants per place, will implement UNIT4 Campus to support the Institution’s objective for this project to - ensure efficient use of staff time; deliver improved use of management information and data analysis; and, establish an improved IT systems architecture.

In providing UNIT4 Campus in support of finance, procurement, HR and payroll to over 5,000 users, the University expects to deliver better services to its staff, reduce administration overheads, and provide greater clarity on valuable data from which better informed decisions can be made.

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

The current systems evolved from their various areas of focus and operation which led to duplication of data between core HR, finance and payroll applications. UNIT4 Campus will replace these separate systems with an integrated solution. A Principle Investigator for instance will be able to use the system to check on and allocate budget, view staffing levels, and receive automatic alerts.

“Given we operate in such a dynamic sector, UNIT4 Campus’ flexibility is a considerable advantage,” said Luke Taylor, Assistant IT Director, University of Bristol. “Not only does it provide the rich functionality we require to deliver efficient and effective services, but when we need to reconfigure the solution to meet a change in circumstance, we can configure it ourselves. Critically this will result in a lower cost of ownership and faster reactions to changing strategy.”

UNIT4 is the leading provider of business systems to higher education in the UK, counting over 100 institutions as customers.

“Hot on the heels of Cambridge and Oxford we are proud to add another world-leading Russell Group University to our list of clients,” said Anwen Robinson, Managing Director (UK & Ireland) of UNIT4 Business Software Ltd. “It is representative of the momentum we continue to build in the sector. Clients and prospects can see the investment we are making in higher education and this commitment is paying dividends.”

Darren Hunt, Sales and Marketing Director (UK & Ireland) of UNIT4 Business Software Ltd added “We are delighted to be working with the University of Bristol. Its management are clearly driven to provide the very best technology, infrastructure, facilities and services to all its stakeholders.”

* QS World University Rankings


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