Following what was a summer of unprecedented activity and opportunity at Eventmap HQ, we’ve just added the finishing touches to a new study commissioned by the University of Essex that examines the health of their existing timetabling and space planning mechanics and seeks to establish whether this area of their operations is completely fit-for-purpose.
With every new academic institution we work with, we find that, while each one will have its own unique features (in this case a timetabling and planning function made more complex by a larger-than-average number of multidisciplinary degree offerings), there will always be commonalities and visible trends in the sector.
What we found while working with Essex is that, while there will always be room for improvement, they generally used their space efficiently and, unless there was a significant growth in student numbers, space was not a major problem. The key issues related to complexity in the curriculum resulting from the University’s emphasis on the multidisciplinary academic offering and the need for the institution to manage through the implementation of timetabling policy, the parity given to research and teaching excellence.
Richard Stock, Deputy Academic Registrar said: “Barry and the team have helped us to draw together and articulate the issues we face in managing our timetabling function within a complex environment. We will now use his independent analysis as a springboard to review our policy with a view to building on our record of and commitment to ongoing continuous improvement.”
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