USTREAM

Universities for Strategic, Efficient and Autonomous Management

USTREAM seeks to examine the measures that are in place in universities across Europe to enhance efficiency at operational level, and also analyse policies at system level that support universities in their efforts to operate more efficiently, with a view to identify good practice examples and develop recommendations for further development. The project addresses the question of operational efficiency in universities in a European comparative way. It offers a novel approach to the topic by tailoring it to the specificities of the higher education sector and breaking it down into three thematic dimensions:

  • efficiency in professional, operational and support services
  • efficiency in academic matters, and
  • efficiency through strategic governance.

 

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USTREAM is co-funded by the European Commission under the Erasmus+ programme (2014). The USTREAM project runs from January 2016 until December 2018.

erasmus plus flagThis project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein. 

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  • Aims

    The overarching goals of the project are:

    • to inform policy-making by developing recommendations to public authorities and funders, helping to enhance efficiency and effectiveness at institutional level in universities (focusing on regulatory frameworks and setting up supporting policies);
    • to foster the dialogue between universities and public authorities on efficiency and effectiveness in university management and academic practice; 
    • to improve efficiency in university management through the transfer and dissemination of good practice examples and recommendations to university leaders and managers.


    This will be achieved by:

    • exploring the measures put in place by universities across Europe to increase their efficiency, in professional, operational and support services, as well as academic matters and through strategic governance;
    • assessing the impact these measures have with regard to the effectiveness and quality of university activities such as education and research;
    • benchmarking regulatory frameworks of higher education systems in Europe with regard to the extent to which they enable universities to develop their own efficiency strategies and measures;
    • identifying good practice examples of efficiency strategies and policies at institutional as well as system level that may be transferable to other institutions/systems and promote them.
  • Activities

    Ongoing / upcoming activities

    Online tool – “The University Efficiency Hub”

    The USTREAM partners are currently developing an “efficiency self-evaluation tool”, which will support higher education institutions in the assessment of their efficiency programmes and activities. The tool will be launched in autumn 2018.

    Interested university managers and public administrators are invited to test the tool’s prototype and share their feedback with the USTREAM partners. Enquiries about the testing procedure can be sent to EUA (ustream@eua.eu) by 13 July 2018.

    Past activities

    First peer learning seminar: Policy frameworks for efficiency and effectiveness (1-2 June 2017, London)

    Organised by Universities UK and EUA, the first peer learning seminar explored the existing policy frameworks for efficiency and effectiveness in higher education and the ways in which institutions have developed strategies to address these policy priorities in the UK and other countries in Europe.

    Second peer learning seminar: National and institutional approaches to delivering efficiency (4-5 December 2017, Dublin)

    The second peer learning seminar addressed national and institutional approaches to delivering efficiency. The focus was to provide case studies on key efficiency measures implemented in Ireland and in other countries in Europe, and discuss their impact and effectiveness.

    Third peer learning seminar: Efficiency, leadership and governance (18-19 April 2018, Brussels)

    The final USTREAM peer learning seminar, co-organised by EUA and HUMANE – Heads of University Management and Administration Network in Europe, focused on how to close the gap between strategy formation and execution in order to achieve sustainable efficiency gains. The participants discussed critical success factors and the lived experiences in overcoming barriers to support efficiency in universities in a more sustainable way.


    National policy dialogues

    Three national policy dialogue events were organised in the first half of 2018. The aim of the events was to bring together relevant higher education stakeholders engaged in design and implementation of efficiency, effectiveness and value for money, ranging from university leaders to funders and policy makers.

    Site visits

    Three site visits to Austria, Belgium-Flanders and Poland took place in 2017. The aim of the site visits was to collect in-depth qualitative data about three selected higher education systems through a series of meetings with national/regional university leaders and policy makers. The results of the site visits will be reflected in the final publication.

    Institutional survey

    USTREAM survey on efficient university management

    The USTREAM survey was conducted in 2016 . The questionnaire was completed by nearly 70 institutions from 21 countries across Europe. The USTREAM partners are thankful to the respondents for their time and invaluable feedback to the questionnaire. EUA is grateful to its collective members, national rectors’ conferences, for the dissemination of the USTREAM survey. 

    The survey addressed efficiency at higher education institutions from three different angles: institutional frameworks, implementation practices and impact of efficiency measures. Following a structured set of questions, the survey offered the respondents a possibility to assess the current state of institutional management, governance and academic efficiency frameworks. The results of the survey will feed into the final USTREAM publication. 

    Calls

    Call for expression of interest: USTREAM national policy dialogue events (closed)

    The USTREAM project partners invited National Rectors’ Conferences, ministries, public agencies, and universities to express interest in organising one of three national policy dialogue events in 2018. The objective of the national policy dialogue events is to foster the exchange of views and discussions on efficiency and effectiveness of universities between key national stakeholders.

    Further enquiries about the call for expression of interest in the USTREAM national policy dialogue events can be sent to ustream@eua.eu. 

    Call for Participation: USTREAM peer learning seminars on efficiency in higher education  (closed)

    The USTREAM partners are inviting experts, university managers and public administrators experienced in efficiency at institutional or system level to apply for participation in a series of peer learning seminars dedicated to various aspects of efficiency and effectiveness in the higher education context.

    The USTREAM peer learning seminars will take place throughout 2017 and in early 2018 and will be hosted by three partner university associations of the USTREAM project. Further details on the time, place and focus of each event are presented below:

    • 1-2 June 2017: Peer Learning Seminar 1 – Policy frameworks for efficiency and effectiveness, organised by Universities UK, London, UK
      Deadline for application: 7 April 2017 (Extended to 24 April)
    • 4-5 December 2017: Peer Learning Seminar 2 – National and institutional approaches to delivering efficiency, organised by the Irish Universities Association, Dublin, Ireland
      Deadline for application: 18 September 2017
    • 18-19 April 2018: Peer Learning Seminar 3 – Efficiency, governance and leadership, organised by the European University Association in collaboration with HUMANE (Heads of University Management and Administration Network), Brussels, Belgium 
      Deadline for application: to be communicated

    Participation in the USTREAM peer learning seminars is free of charge. Travel and accommodation costs incurred by the participants of the events will be covered by the USTREAM project in line with project rules.

    Further enquiries about the peer learning seminars or the call procedures can be sent to ustream@eua.eu.

  • Partners

Resources

  • Efficiency, Effectiveness and Value for Money: Insights from Ireland and Other Countries - A USTREAM Report

    Report

    10 October 2018

    This report provides examples of government-led initiatives implemented in response to national poli...

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  • University Governance: Autonomy, Structures and Inclusiveness

    URL

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  • Efficiency of Universities: Drivers, Enablers and Limitations

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  • Governance, funding and mergers top the agenda of three USTREAM national policy dialogues

    News

    7 July 2018

    The USTREAM project has successfully completed a series of three national policy dialogue events, or...

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  • USTREAM fuels national discussions on university efficiency, autonomy and governance in Latvia

    News

    5 May 2018

    The first USTREAM national policy dialogue event took place on 8 May in Riga, Latvia. Organised j...

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  • USTREAM concludes a series of peer learning events and releases its first recommendations on efficiency

    News

    4 April 2018

    On 18 and 19 April 2018, the USTREAM partners concluded the series of three peer learning ...

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  • Efficiency, Effectiveness and Value for Money: Insights from the UK and other countries - A USTREAM Report

    Report

    4 April 2018

    This report provides a summary of the input, discussions and findings from the first USTREAM peer le...

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Events

  • 4th EUA Funding Forum

    10 October 2018 Events Ramon Llull University
    John Doe
    The 2018 EUA Funding Forum will focus on discussion and exchange of experiences among university leaders and managers and policy-makers. Keep yourself updated about the latest trends in university funding and governance and enjoy a highly interactive event that will give you new insights and in... Read more
  • Workshop: University Autonomy in Europe

    4 April 2018 Events University of Leicester
    John Doe
    The European University Association (EUA), Universities UK (UUK) and the University of Leicester are organising a workshop to debate the issue of University Autonomy. The two-day workshop will gather over 20 speakers from across Europe to debate the issue of University Autonomy.  W... Read more
  • USTREAM peer learning seminar

    4 April 2018 Events Vrije Universiteit Brussel
    John Doe
    The final USTREAM peer learning seminar, co-organised by EUA and HUMANE – Heads of University Management and Administration Network in Europe, will stimulate the discussion on how to close the gap between strategy formation and execution in order to achieve sustainable efficiency gains. The fo... Read more
  • USTREAM Peer Learning Seminar

    12 December 2017 Events Royal College of Physicians of Ireland
    The second peer learning seminar addresses national and institutional approaches to delivering efficiency. The focus is to provide case studies on key efficiency measures implemented in Ireland and their impact and effectiveness.     Participants explore the challenges encountered and... Read more

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