Describes four different partnerships and alliances in four very different institutions. It also contains an introductory section which develops key themes and provides guidance for institutions considering entering into partnerships or alliances.
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In recent years there has been major diversification and expansion in the further and higher education sectors. This in turn has increased the complexity of institutions’ operations and the need to fulfil them both efficiently and effectively. Funding systems have continued to evolve and resources are limited. More than ever, therefore, there are strong incentives for institutions to work together and with other partners by entering into partnerships and alliances to assist in meeting their many different challenges.
Partnerships take many forms and raise a whole variety of management challenges. In particular, a new set of skills and competencies are required for those involved in the new organisational arrangements. At the same time, methods of evaluating partnerships and alliances to establish their effectiveness need to be introduced.
Successful partnerships and alliances can be hugely beneficial to institutions and the services to their students. But insufficient prior consideration or poorly operated ones can be extremely costly, have a negative impact on services and become a significant drain on scarce resources.
CIPFA’s Further and Higher Education Panel believes that the sectors’ institutions could benefit from sharing the experiences of successful partnerships that also highlight issues to be aware of, including potential pitfalls and risks. Accordingly, the Panel has developed this publication. It delivers in-depth descriptions of four very different partnerships and alliances in place in four very different institutions. It also contains an introductory section which develops key themes and provides guidance and advice for institutions that are considering entering into partnerships or alliances.
Partnerships and Other Alliances illustrates that universities and colleges are adopting a variety of approaches to forming partnerships and alliances and provides an excellent opportunity for practitioners to learn from other colleagues’ experiences.
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