While every sector has been affected by Covid-19, higher education is dealing with the fall-out from multiple angles.
At incredibly short notice, we’ve seen higher education institutions across the UK tackling a variety of issues. Clearing and cleaning campuses. Handling large volumes of staff working remotely. And providing immediate on-line teaching for students while planning admissions for the next cohort.
Naturally, the burden on finance professionals weighs heavily. Boards are increasingly asking for improved visibility into the longer-term financial trajectory of their institutions. Plus, we must recognise that there are potentially devastating outcomes if planning and decision-making aren’t done right. That’s why it’s paramount for organisations to prioritise how they will adapt and react to the changes that are impacting the education market.
The office of finance is integral to empowering these decisions.
In this ever-changing landscape, what are the current external pressures, and more importantly what can you do about them?
For the academic year 2020/2021, higher education institutions have to resolve a wide number of issues, not least including:
If higher education institutions are to ride out the current difficulties it’s critical to understand the challenges that lie ahead. It’s also vital to plan for all the eventualities and outcomes. Whether it’s admissions, or capital investment planning, to tuition planning and budgeting.
With accurate forecast and budget data (financial and non-financial), and analysing different scenarios, you can assess how best to act on current and future challenges. And you’ll be able to see the impact they have on income and expenditure, as well as access to cash. For instance, consider:
Yes, the pressure might truly be on to help lead your organisation through this crisis and understand how its impact will affect your future finances. By linking operational drivers to financial results, you can be confident in empowering accurate, agile decision making and planning for your organisation.
With a single, unified financial performance management platform, such as Axiom, you can manage a changing landscape and mitigate any impact.
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The current crisis continues to reshape our societal and economic outlook in unexpected and disruptive ways. By raising fundamental questions for success and knowing your data, you’ll continue to make informed decisions and ensure agility in your planning. Helping to strategise as effectively as possible in these uncertain times and turning each challenge into an opportunity.
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