Leads: Neil Davidson (Nottingham), Miranda Routledge (Loughborough), Anita Jackson (Kent)
Most strategic planners are responsible for forecasting student populations for the next 3-5 years. Some will incorporate income, while others leave that to Finance. Some will use specialist tools, while others use Excel. Some will calculate things to a very detailed level, while others take a broader approach.
Regardless of the content and technique, student number planning is a large and complex piece of work and, while providers aim to offer students a flexible learning environment, flexibility does not necessarily lend itself well to straightforward planning models. This group aims to explore the different ways of doing various bits of forecasting work, with a focus on information sharing and best practice.
The group will include discussion on, but not be limited to:
- Student Number Planning
- Actual vs Planned
- Intake Target Setting
- Course Costing
- Module Income
- Tools / Software
- Granularity / Transparency
- Working Relationship with Finance
- Integration with Academic units
- Scenario Modelling
If you are interested in joining this group, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here is the group's dedicated discussion board. Please treat this as an informal discussion platform and don't be afraid to post.