New Zealand’s Laidlaw College goes live with Tribal ebs in the cloud

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Laidlaw College, the largest interdenominational theological college in New Zealand, has announced that it has gone live with Tribal’s student management system. 

Designed specifically for vocational education and training providers, ebs is a student management system that uses knowledge, best practices, and powerful features from the enterprise version of ebs deployed in hundreds of educational institutions globally and is now set to transform Laidlaw College’s staff and students’ experience.

Implemented on schedule and over ten months, ebs includes all core and statutory compliance modules to support Laidlaw College’s student administration processes, as well as over 12 years of migrated data from the college’s legacy system and business-critical integrations. The college implementation also includes dedicated staff portal and student portal interfaces.

The ebs Student Portal will support students from application through to course selection and will provide visibility across key datasets such as student financials, results, document uploads, and communications. Students will have full visibility of their application stages and will be able to interact with this online to undertake functions such as online acceptance of offers.

The ebs Staff Portal will also allow key stakeholders within Laidlaw College to view student data within a fully responsive web portal, as well as supporting academic heads within the student applications process. Academic staff will be able to communicate with learners directly from the portal either individually or in groups.

Several integrations between ebs and other core systems have been delivered within the implementation including, Moodle, Public Trust, NSI, StudyLink, Library System, and the Finance System.

Laidlaw College’s CEO Dr Roshan Allpress says, 

We are committed to continually strengthening our systems and processes to support student experience, academic excellence, and the distinctive mission and ethos of Laidlaw. Tribal ebs offered us a solution that works across our diverse team and contexts, and will help us pursue our mission more effectively and efficiently.”


The rapidly deployable ebs suits the business process and workflow needs of a wide range of vocational education and training providers (from 250 EFTS upwards). It can be deployed and up and running in a matter of weeks.

Tribal’s New Zealand General Manager Steve Exley says,

“We’re excited to welcome Laidlaw College into the ebs family. Laidlaw joins a growing community of ebs cloud users in Aotearoa (New Zealand) and we look forward to continuing work with the team at Laidlaw to extend out the capabilities of ebs in future project phases.”


Go to the Tribal ebs product page

About Laidlaw College

Laidlaw College is a Category 1 NZQA accredited tertiary educational institution, with campuses in Auckland and Christchurch, a number of partners delivering Laidlaw programmes, and a strong distance learning cohort of students. It offers qualifications from certificate to postgraduate level to around 1,000 students. This year Laidlaw College celebrates its centenary – for 100 years the College has been equipping women and men to “renew their communities with a faith as intelligent as it is courageous.”

About Tribal

Tribal Group plc is a pioneering world-leader of education software and services. Its portfolio includes Student Information Systems; a broad range of education services covering quality assurance, peer review, benchmarking and improvement; and student surveys. Working with Higher Education, Further and Tertiary Education, schools, Government and State bodies, training providers and employers, in over 55 countries; Tribal Group’s mission is to empower the world of education with products and services that underpin student success. 


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