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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

Four catalysts causing the ranks of cloud adopters in UK education to swell

Posted by Mat Kirby on November 22, 2018

Four catalysts causing the ranks of cloud adopters in UK education to swell

 

Challenging the status quo is a fairly common practice for leaders in any sector, but one area that has remained relatively unchallenged in education is that of how traditionally back-office systems are deployed. Despite advances in cloud-based technology, on-premise has remained the dominant option, especially for student information systems. However, between 2015/16 and 2020/21 academic years, cloud spending within UK education is predicted to increase by nearly 70% from £74M to £125M [1] as leaders look to the cloud to help tackle their strategic challenges.

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Topics: Higher Education, Further Education

Colleges: improving financial performance and value for money

Posted by Mat Kirby on May 9, 2018

Colleges: improving financial performance and value for money

 

At the last gathering of Finance professionals at the AoC Winter Finance Conference, we heard Julian Gravatt comment that colleges might expect a relatively quiet year, following the completion of area reviews and a lack of dramatic announcements in the November Budget. The feeling was that colleges would be able to take stock and “get their houses in order”, and this sentiment is certainly one that we have been picking up from all our Benchmarking customers and college leaders who are coming to us to inform a more strategic approach to their college’s financial performance.

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Topics: Further Education

As a University Planner, how can I become more strategic?

Posted by Mat Kirby on February 15, 2018

As a University Planner, how can I become more strategic?

 

Against the backdrop of change, particularly in the form of structural change with the Office of Students, a new Education Minister and of course Brexit, University Planners are acknowledging the subtle increasing need to be more strategic. HESPA’s 2018 annual conference, “Strategy in a changing world”, focused on ways for Planners to increase their understanding of the bigger picture and become more of a focal point for strategic business thinking.

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Topics: Higher Education

How much should you love your university staff?

Posted by Mat Kirby on February 7, 2018

How much should you love your university staff?

 

Love your staff and they’ll love you back. Staffing profiles may have remained stable over recent years, but this doesn’t mean things have just been ticking over in the same old ways. The recently published 2016/17 HESA Staff record provides details of staff employment at UK Higher Education providers as at 1 December 2016. 

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Topics: Higher Education

Digital strategy in FE: Embracing the change

Posted by Mat Kirby on December 8, 2017

Digital strategy in FE: Embracing the change

 

The pace of change in technology is affecting every industry and education is no different. Students’ expectations have and continue to change.

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Topics: Further Education