UNSW is one of 40 global universities that participate in UniForum, including 18 Russell Group universities in the UK and a growing group of North American universities.
The annual UniForum Activity Collections identify the professional staff and supplier (contractor) resourcing of the service functions and activities that support each university’s teaching and research.
The objectives of the Activity Collections are to:
- Identify the staff and supplier (contractor) resourcing of services within the Collection Period*
- Classify these services using a standard ‘Activity Framework’, which allows service delivery model comparisons across universities
- Profile the service delivery data to understand:
- Cost ($) and capacity (wFTE) of resourcing
- Distribution of resourcing across central divisions, faculty offices and schools
- Seniority, management layers, spans of control, specialisation of resourcing, etc.
There are three major activity data collection processes:
- The Professional Staff Collection – captures data about all staff paid via payroll, including casual staff
- The Supplier (contractor) Collection – captures data about all individuals and companies paid via invoice
- Supplementary data – used for benchmarking and scaling
* 01 January - 31 December of the collection year
Additional UniForum processes
- The Activity Collections are complemented by gathering wide-ranging supplementary data that informs analysis and benchmarking between universities.
- UNSW has been participating in the UniForum Service Effectiveness Survey since 2014.
- UNSW participates in “deep-dive” research studies coordinated by Cubane, the administrator of the UniForum program.