SUMS Consulting is a sector leader in providing timetabling and space management consultancy for universities.

Our timetabling models provide clear direction for members and clients to maximise the way spaces are used by students and staff.  We work with central planning teams as well as Estates and Facilities Departments to support exam planning, agile working and the delivery of the classrooms of the future.

Improving Space Utilisation and the Student Experience

Post-pandemic, it is vital for universities to use their physical spaces to compliment new hybrid learning approaches and changing student numbers.

Here at SUMS, we support institutions’ own internal working groups to analyse data and benchmark against competitors and best practice. From this, we help you make informed decisions about space management and enhance your overall student experience.

Timetabling Health Checks

We understand the challenges of post-pandemic measures on timetabling. Through data analysis and case samples, we can help you establish the most effective approach and solution for your institution.

As well as recognising the challenges, we also recognise the opportunities. In our recent Rapid Response Briefing Paper we identified that digital transition of timetabling could lead to enhanced practice, with timetabling driven by outputs rather than passive physical attendance.

Implementation Support

At SUMS, we always adopt a collective approach, combining SUMS external expertise with the internal expertise of your institution. We provide support throughout the implementation process, from process mapping with your team to conducting post-implementation reviews.

Impact of Our Work

  • Improved understanding of the implications of different facilities needed for different types of teaching depending on pedagogy.
  • Understanding of the impact of social distancing and other post-pandemic measures on the timetable and space requirements.
  • Opportunity for better quality, strategic decision-making based on data analysis.