Kingston University adapts to change with Business World in US$2.17M deal

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  • Skilled staff will have more time to focus on delivering world-class teaching, research and support services
  • The University will implement Business World Finance, Human Resources, Payroll, Research, Enterprise and SITS integration

Unit4, a fast-growing leader in enterprise applications for service organizations, today announced that Kingston University is to implement Unit4 Business World Finance, Human Resources, Payroll and Research in a deal worth £1.5M (US$2.17M) in software and services. Using ERP technology the Kingston University Unified Programme will equip the organization with the tools needed to improve financial insight; deliver timely and accurate data for students; enable employee development; and provide superb services to support research and enterprise funding.

Kingston University aims to be internationally recognized for a creative approach to education that has practical outcomes which benefit people and communities. The implementation of Business World will provide visibility of core HR, Finance and Student Information Technology Systems (SITs) processes across all University business functions. It will also provide the organization with accurate, real-time data to improve day-to-day business management, manage staff effectively, and make informed budget and investment decisions.

Through intelligent workflow, Business World will also help managers execute their chosen strategies quickly and cost effectively. 

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Irene Bews, Director of Finance, Kingston University

“The education sector is going through enormous change and we are committed to improving our vital support services to enable our future success,” said Irene Bews, Director of Finance at Kingston University and one of the Unified Programmes’ lead sponsors. “We were attracted to Unit4’s heritage in higher education but more importantly the joined up capability of its modern technology to support our employees. Business World will ensure that support service administration is minimized so that our highly skilled professional staff are free to provide advice and support to the business and that academic staff can dedicate more time to deliver a world class student experience.”

Kingston University has been rated among the top 15 per cent of institutions in the globe in the QS World University Rankings. The 2015 tables saw the University propelled into an elite listing of the world's 500 premier higher education providers, with its expertise in art and design recognised as among the top 100 internationally. It was also recently named one of the world's top young universities by sector-leading publication the Times Higher Education (THE). It will be hoping to build on this success by measuring operations in core functions against Key Performance Indicators (KPIs); Unit4 Business World will provide much of this information.

“We are delighted to be working with such an ambitious institution,” said Derren Nisbet, Managing Director for Unit4 in the UK and Ireland. “Universities are realizing that to survive they need to adapt to the multiple challenges they face such as reduced funding and increased competition. Providing employees with the technology they need to understand their position and navigate these challenges is the best means to succeed in this aim.”

Unit4 is the leading provider of back-office systems in the UK to post-16 education institutions.



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