Unit4, a world leader in enterprise systems for Higher Education, has announced that Liverpool John Moores University is to implement Unit4 Research Management to underpin one of the four key visions outlined in its 2017-2022 strategic plan - to deliver “impactful research and scholarship”.
The University will use Unit4 Research Costing and Pricing to produce accurate cost estimations and appropriate prices for research and knowledge exchange projects. It will also provide transparency to regulators, funders and staff, by employing a consistent approach to data management, with clear audit trails through a single, shared system.
“Unit4’s solution will help the academics quickly qualify research and knowledge exchange projects that are aligned to the University’s strengths,” said Peter Ashton, Director of IT at Liverpool John Moores University. “It will also simplify complex administration and reporting requirements so academics can spend more time on delivering great outcomes. With a single platform, collaboration and efficiency will also improve, as will our ability to rapidly scale research and knowledge exchange services.”
Unit4 will implement the solution together with an internal project team consisting of approximately 18 University employees from across the institution. The project will create a virtuous circle with the accessibility of information improving staff experience of submitting grants and projects funding applications, potentially increasing access to funding opportunities to maximise the reach of the institution and enhance teaching and the student learning experience.
“We are delighted to welcome Liverpool John Moores University as a new customer to Unit4,” said Matt Searles, Industry Director for Education at Unit4. “Faced with falling government funding and global competition, external funding is increasingly important to Universities as they look to diversify and increase income streams. Unit4 Research Management provides an ideal opportunity for Liverpool John Moores University to adapt to that ever-changing sector landscape.”
With 100 customers Unit4 is already the leading provider of back-office systems to Higher Education Institutions in the UK. This latest deal increases the number of research customers to more than 30 in the UK.