Benchmarking: Don’t just take our word for it

Over the past 20 years we have worked with a broad range of University clients. This allows us to tailor benchmark comparisons according to University characteristics and profile. Our clients consistently appear in the top 2% of Universities in the world according to the QS World University Rankings, and consist of Research intensive Universities, as well as teaching led Universities from across the UK and Australasia.

The Tribal staff involved in the project were universally excellent and very adept at dealing effectively with University staff from all contexts and at all levels

David Muckersie, Director of Corporate Planning and Deputy Registrar, University of York

“The benchmarking report was well received by the senior management and is now being used to inform the continuous improvement/VFM agenda where applicable, to identify potential efficiencies and cost reductions, and to target these to best effect.”

Stephen Willis, Director of Finance & Resources, Leeds Beckett University

"Tribal has been easy to deal with from the start. They listened to our concerns and have worked to ensure they were alleviated in the work they did. Their expertise in the way in which the University business works has grown and they are now able to add considerable value by the analysis they are performing. They have worked to collect data with a minimal impact on our business and use technology to do so. Results are now becoming more accessible with their new web portal to the sector."

Keith Longden, Chief Financial Officer, University of Canterbury, New Zealand

“A very thorough and professionally run project. We particularly appreciated the flexible approach to our changing requirements. Timescales were met in every case and communication was clear and prompt. Very happy with the experience.”

Helen Lloyd Wildman, Chief Operating Officer, University of Wolverhampton

“We have found the Tribal Benchmarking model very useful in finding insights into the operation of our university. The model provides a view of the ‘whole’, including academic and non-academic activities, which is particularly beneficial. This sets it apart from other benchmarking models we have experience of, which typically focus on one or other of academic or non-academic (i.e. professional support) activity. Working with the Tribal team has been a great experience, and they have gone out of their way to make things easy for us, working with us to validate data and ensure understanding”.

David Thomson, Director, Planning & Funding, University of Otago, New Zealand

“Competent, professional, interactive and iterative.  Supported both strategic and operational thinking”

Mike Thomas, Vice Chancellor, University of Central Lancashire


Ulster University

Ulster University uncovering challenges and opportunities with Financial Benchmarking
  • Wednesday, July 26, 2017 10:33 AM

Based in Northern Ireland, Ulster University has a national and international reputation for excellence, innovation and regional engagement.  The renowned institution aims to make a major contribution to the economic, social and cultural development of Ireland and as a university always looking for …

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University of the West of Scotland

Financial benchmarking supports change and transformation at the University of the West of Scotland
  • Thursday, June 22, 2017 2:24 PM

University of the West of Scotland (UWS) is one of Scotland’s largest modern universities, and aims to have a transformational influence on the economic, social and cultural development of the West of Scotland, and beyond.

The university provides relevant, high quality, inclusive higher education a…

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University of Central Lancashire: Case Study

Having implemented Tribal’s financial benchmarking over the last three years, UCLan has benefitted from an understanding of their finances in an unrivalled level of detail. As a result of Tribal’s input, their executive team is “more aware, better informed and as a result (UCLan) is better run”.
  • Tuesday, January 24, 2017 3:30 PM

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) in Preston is one of the UK’s ten largest universities, with nearly 38,000 students and staff. The university delivers first class quality education globally, with academic partners worldwide.


The Challenge

Since 2012, like many universities, UCLan h…

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