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Mat Kirby

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Mat has worked in the FE & Skills sector for nearly 15 years specialising in the field of educational management solutions, and analytics & benchmarking solutions. He is currently the Marketing Business Partner at Tribal working on projects to support providers through the changing educational landscape.

Recent Posts

What’s stopping UK education leaders moving to the cloud?

Posted by Mat Kirby on December 3, 2018

As cloud spend in UK education is tipped to hit £125m by 2020/21, what are the reasons some leaders might not be quite so quick to jump on the adoption curve?

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Topics: Higher Education, Further Education

Top drivers for UK education cloud adoption

Posted by Mat Kirby on November 26, 2018

With cloud spending within UK education predicted to increase to £125m by 2020/21 some might be forgiven for thinking that moving to the cloud is an objective in itself. Fortunately, education leaders are seeing beyond the technological implementation side of things and focusing on the outcomes cloud brings about. And certainly, in UK education, there are 3 key strategic areas leaders are looking to address through cloud – flexibility/scalability, cost effectiveness/reduced capital expenditure, and efficiency/agility, which account for 68% of the drivers for cloud adoption [1].

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Topics: Further Education, Higher Education

Four catalysts causing the ranks of cloud adopters in UK education to swell

Posted by Mat Kirby on November 22, 2018

Challenging the status quo is a fairly common practice for leaders in any sector, but one area that has remained relatively unchallenged in education is that of how traditionally back-office systems are deployed. Despite advances in cloud-based technology, on-premise has remained the dominant option, especially for student information systems. However, between 2015/16 and 2020/21 academic years, cloud spending within UK education is predicted to increase by nearly 70% from £74M to £125M [1] as leaders look to the cloud to help tackle their strategic challenges.

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Topics: Higher Education, Further Education

Colleges take the next step towards improving financial performance and value for money

Posted by Mat Kirby on May 9, 2018

At the last gathering of Finance professionals at the AoC Winter Finance Conference, we heard Julian Gravatt comment that colleges might expect a relatively quiet year, following the completion of area reviews and a lack of dramatic announcements in the November Budget. The feeling was that colleges would be able to take stock and “get their houses in order”, and this sentiment is certainly one that we have been picking up from all our Benchmarking customers and college leaders who are coming to us to inform a more strategic approach to their college’s financial performance.

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Topics: Further Education

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

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