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Mat Kirby

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Mat has worked in the FE & Skills sector for over 10 years specialising in the field of educational management solutions, and analytics & benchmarking solutions. He is currently the Marketing Business Partner at Tribal for Quality Assurance Solutions working on projects to support providers through the changing educational landscape.

Recent Posts

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

Posted by Mat Kirby on February 15, 2018

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

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

10 things you should be doing to ensure a successful benchmarking project

Posted by Mat Kirby on February 2, 2018

Undertaking a benchmarking exercise for your university is proven to be beneficial in informing investment decisions, measuring performance and driving organisational improvement. Whether the catalyst is the need to shape the cost base to improve student outcomes, or to identify potential savings, or to monitor growth or investment plans, benchmarking delivers invaluable strategic insight to university leaders. But what is the best way to approach such an exercise? The following checklist covers the most important aspects of a successful benchmarking project.

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Topics: Higher Education

Digital strategy in FE: Embracing the change

Posted by Mat Kirby on December 8, 2017

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

Implementing good data management - a video guide

Posted by Mat Kirby on August 1, 2017

We have produced a series of coffee-break short videos explaining how implementing good data management supports an organisation’s quality improvement, reduces its exposure to financial clawback and can provide effective evidence to meet the requirements of the Common Inspection Framework.

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Topics: Further Education, Skills, Training and Employability

Apprenticeship quality – a race to the bottom or an opportunity to stand tall?

Posted by Mat Kirby on March 28, 2017

The recent FE Week Annual Apprenticeship Conference brought together leaders from government, sector associations, colleges, training providers and employers, all hoping to shed more light on the changing landscape and establish how apprenticeship delivery will continue to change people's lives.

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Topics: Further Education