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University of Aberdeen to implement campus platform

Charlotte Jee Published 13 March 2013

Purchase part of university's transformational 'OneSource' programme


The University of Aberdeen has acquired a wide-ranging integrated platform to support OneSource, its transformational business improvement programme.

The Agresso Campus Platform, provided by UNIT4 Business Software, will comprise a number of integrated management systems including finance, HR and payroll, costing and pricing, award management, e-Recruiter, CRM and business analytics, and 'Agresso Students', a learning management system.

The new platform will be used by 3,000 employees and 16,000 students, and the resultant improvements in business processes are expected to achieve year-on-year savings of between £1m and £1.6m.

The platform will provide the university with core ERP features and functions, and is able to integrate with specialist technology to support teaching and research.

OneSource, which was formally launched earlier this year, is a programme to 'radically improve business processes in the University making them faster, simpler and more transparent for users/customers and staff', according to the university website.

The individual projects comprising the overall programme are expected to take between three to five years to complete.

Vice-Principal Professor Bryan MacGregor, who leads the University's OneSource project team, said, "We are a top 200 university with a growing global reputation. However, we recognise that we are in a very competitive international sector.

"Our aim is to offer a distinctive curriculum and student experience, in the context of world-leading research, and to achieve that we need the very best business systems underpinning all our activity. Our OneSource programme was set up to do just that, and we are delighted to welcome UNIT4 as our partner in achieving these transformational changes.

"The University had relied on a mix of legacy systems which will become a hindrance to process improvement. In this, as in other major initiatives, the University aims to lead a sector which is increasingly dynamic and competitive."

Mark Lewis, Programme Director for OneSource, said, "We are living in a time of accelerated market and statutory change. For example in recent times new UK Border Agency requirements, global competition and the future need for electronic management of admissions with UCAS, has meant we have had to adapt.

"Going forward a key component of our solution to this change is the Agresso Campus Platform. Its configurability means that we will be able to adapt faster and more effectively. In addition, as it is a fully integrated platform, there will be a single version of data and no need for duplicate coding or keying."

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