Let’s talk value: how universities create value for students, staff and society

Sustainable development Higher education Universities Value creation

This report explores the potential to change the way universities consider and describe: their use of resources and their outcomes; and, how they create value for their stakeholders, for example, through addressing global challenges and workforce and leadership skill needs and providing opportunities for individuals to fulfil their potential.

Current approaches to measuring and reporting performance, efficiencies and outputs, often driven by rankings, accreditation and regulatory assessments are challenged. The report sets out steps that universities can take to articulate the value they create for their stakeholders and society through integrated thinking and the transformation of multiple capitals.

The report draws on: academic research in integrated thinking and reporting; a sample of UK university annual reports; views of university executives involved in reporting; and, learnings from reporting on value creation and the application of integrated thinking and reporting from outside the sector.

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