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Mat Kirby

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Mat has worked in the FE & Skills sector for nearly 15 years specialising in the field of educational management solutions, and analytics & benchmarking solutions. He is currently the Marketing Business Partner at Tribal working on projects to support providers through the changing educational landscape.

Recent Posts

Setting university finances on the optimum trajectory post-pandemic – how to strike the right balance of financial strategies?

Posted by Mat Kirby on September 14, 2021

UK HE is facing a range of financial challenges, like never before. Changes to policy and university funding are only part of the problem. Even before the outbreak of Covid-19, a record number of 114 universities were reported to be in deficit. The recent release of financial data for 2019-2020 has also provided some early indicators of how the pandemic is affecting the sector, with a significant rise in costly, short-term borrowing and the sharp decline of residences, catering and conferencing making headline news. For the first time, even universities with large reserves that have embraced commercial ways of thinking have felt the loss of income from students and ‘associated activities’.

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Topics: Higher Education, Blog, Covid-19

The global picture for the international student experience: student happiness and wellbeing, the online learning experience, and student employability

Posted by Mat Kirby on August 17, 2021

As institutions globally rethink how they deliver education and the wider student experience, they continue to listen to the student voice. As such, i-graduate’s latest global surveys, the Covid-19 Response Barometer and the International Student Barometer (ISB) have been able to deliver valuable insight to the sector. Here we share just some of the findings. (The full global report, including regional focus reports, can be accessed here.)

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Topics: News, Blog, Student experience, Student wellbeing, International students

Getting your 2021 TAG process right

Posted by Mat Kirby on May 4, 2021

Leeds City College’s successful CAG process in 2020 resulted in just 24 appeals out of 29,000 qualifications, of which just 6 were upheld. In this article, Head of English and Maths, Jonny Diamond, and Director Quality of Education, Carol Layall, discuss how they achieved that, and consider the lessons learned to inform the 2021 TAG process.

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Topics: Further Education, Quality Mark, Blog

Which country’s international students are the most satisfied with their institution’s Covid-19 response?

Posted by Mat Kirby on November 9, 2020

While the constantly evolving COVID-19 situation makes it difficult to predict, a number of studies have shown that students are more likely to delay rather than cancel study abroad plans and it is predicted that demand for study abroad will surge as the pandemic subsides. It has also been suggested that there will be a shift in market share post-COVID as a result of countries’ handling of the crisis.

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Optimising social and academic integration in the post-pandemic Higher Education landscape

Posted by Mat Kirby on October 26, 2020

The Covid-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on the Higher Education sector over the last few months. Institutions and networks continue to react swiftly to an ever-changing situation, and as the case with many other sectors, have been developing new ways of working with strained resources.

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Topics: Higher Education, Student experience, Internationalisation

What do we mean by 'value for money' in HE

Posted by Mat Kirby on April 23, 2019
The theme for the recent BUFDG Annual Conference (a conference held by the British Universities Finance Directors Group), was "Beyond Money". Going beyond the financial balancing act that comes with running a university, to focus more on the different aspects of 'value', albeit from the perspective of a Finance Director of a higher education institution.
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Topics: Higher Education, Blog

Performance comparisons with other public providers in post-secondary education

Posted by Mat Kirby on March 19, 2019

The usefulness of benchmarking in any instance is the accuracy, validity and consistency of the data collection. This may be achieved via remote collection of data but invariably requires people to be on-site to ensure all assumptive processes are removed and the final dataset is consistent with the framework being employed. Getting this right enables meaningful performance comparison across any number of public providers and on a huge range of characteristics. 

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Topics: Higher Education, Blog

The value of benchmarking in Australia's TAFEs

Posted by Mat Kirby on March 11, 2019
Accurately identifying inefficiencies 

The words and the backdrop may differ, but the sentiment is largely the same across the world’s Post Secondary Education (PSE) systems – find out which parts of the organisation are less efficient and address those inefficiencies.  

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Topics: Higher Education, Skills, Training and Employability, Blog

Modelling the impact of changing enrolment patterns in post-secondary education

Posted by Mat Kirby on February 28, 2019

Many OECD countries currently face falling domestic enrolments. Universities have been able to successfully prop their numbers up by looking to the international student market for a number of years, but there is increased concern about an unsustainable over-reliance on international students.  

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Topics: Higher Education, Further Education, Skills, Training and Employability, Blog

Improving financial performance and mitigating risk in post-secondary restructures

Posted by Mat Kirby on February 25, 2019

Improving financial performance and mitigating risk in post-secondary restructures

 

Post-secondary education systems regularly change as a result of new government policy, or the introduction of initiatives to tackle under-performance in student outcomes or financial terms. 

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Topics: Higher Education, Further Education, Skills, Training and Employability, Blog