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Nick Pidgeon

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Nick Pidgeon is Managing Consultant for Tribal Benchmarking, with 14 years’ experience working with college datasets to provide data-rich strategic planning advice.

Recent Posts

10 tips for successful benchmarking

Posted by Nick Pidgeon on May 8, 2018

See how colleges’ senior leaders are using benchmarking to improve performance and student outcomes. 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 college 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: Further Education

AoC Winter Finance: 2018 – A quiet year for colleges?

Posted by Nick Pidgeon on December 12, 2017

Sleet and snow, formed the seasonal backdrop for this year’s AoC Winter Finance Conference. 40 delegates triumphed over difficult conditions to make it to London – and they were glad they did. As ever, the winter conference, timed for just after the Budget, was enormously informative.

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Topics: Further Education

How can your FE college avoid weak financial management?

Posted by Nick Pidgeon on May 10, 2017

With calls from Further Education (FE) leaders for more transparency in the recently reported Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) grading of financial and overall health, and strong sentiments from Peter Lauener’s call for colleges to engage in more effective self-assessment, the need for colleges to incorporate self-assessment into their organisational DNA now seems key to their financial resilience.

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Topics: Further Education

Can we blame the college bailouts on a lack of financial expertise?

Posted by Nick Pidgeon on January 20, 2017

The Minister for Apprenticeships and Skills recently confessed to the House of Commons that exceptional financial support to colleges has cost the UK £140m. (Source: FE Week 13/1/17)

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Topics: Further Education