Programme scope expansion - January 2020
The StARS programme is expanding significantly, following approval by Council at the end of January. This will build on the success of the StARS programme so far, and the expanded programme will be known as StARS+. Read more
Banner student record system upgrade - November 2019
The upgraded Banner student records system successfully went live on Monday 4 November. The system is now secure for the future. It also lays the technical foundations for many of the future improvements to student administration that will be developed under StARS. Read more
Process simplification - October 2019
From June to October 2019 StARS worked in detail with subject matter experts across Colleges, Schools and central Professional Services divisions to map the hundreds of student administration processes within the scope of the programme.
Over 300 maps were produced, detailing the current ways in which colleagues carry out processes ranging from bench fees to reasonable adjustment plans.
A large number of opportunities for improvements have been identified by colleagues along the way. The team is now in the process of identifying which processes to tackle first, working with stakeholders, based on what is likely to have the greatest impact. The approach will be to challenge the ways things are currently done, so that full advantage can be taken of the opportunities for simplification, standardisation, and to think about what can really make things better for students and staff.
We are also looking at where the opportunities exist for implementing “early wins” – improvements and simplifications that can be made without the need for technological changes.
The intention is to develop the first set of processes in time to train and implement in spring 2020.
Curriculum data restructure - October 2019
Throughout summer 2019 StARS consulted widely on how to implement changes to how programme and module data is organised and presented, some of which were recommended by the University Recruitment, Admissions and Targets Board (URAT) in 2018.
In October, following consultation with Schools and Colleges, and with great support from the Registry Curriculum Management Team, some 550 programme codes and nearly 700 module codes were "deactivated" in the system. These were all programmes and modules that had recruited no students in the previous three academic years.
This rationalisation of our vast number of codes will make it easier to implement changes that will eventually see the introduction of online student self-registration for optional modules.