SUMS works for universities and is owned by universities and we regularly deliver over 100 assignments to universities per year.  By working with SUMS, a not-for-profit and registered charity, your institution demonstrates a commitment to a community of excellence built on in-depth knowledge of best practice in the HE sector.  Working with SUMS helps ensure your university is fit for the future and gives you access to expertise across a range of areas including, but not limited to, efficiencies and value for money, change management and strategy development, marketing and communications, timetabling and professional development support. View our services here.

To learn more about how SUMS can support you and see examples of our work, please take a look at our most recent review: Ensuring Universities are Fit for the Future.

The HE sector is facing unprecedented challenges; funding reviews, Brexit, increased competition for students, regulatory changes and pension scheme changes are all contributing to a perfect storm for universities. We understand universities and work across all areas of professional support, strategy and change. Our in-depth knowledge of universities, and specifically how to engage positively with academic areas and bring together their needs with that of professional services, is our key strength. We understand how all areas of a university must work together and be strategically aligned if a university is to deliver on its strategic goals and enhance the student experience and research delivery. We understand how to connect strategy to operations to enable implementation that realises benefits.

Our in-depth knowledge of higher education sets us apart from other consultancies. We thrive on complex problem solving and deliver tangible added value to our members and clients.

In addition to consultancy support, membership provides access to a range of free events including our annual conference and various community of practice group events, along with access to case studies and briefing papers addressing key issues for the HE sector.

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