Taking higher education to new heights

Taking higher education to new heights

How we are helping ensure Durham University can continue to achieve success in the digital age.


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Durham University

Founded in 1832, Durham University is one of England’s foremost educational institutions, but it is also keeping its sights set on the future to ensure continued success in the digital age.

With more than 18,000 students, about 4,350 academic and professional services staff and around 4,500 casual workers, the University decided to implement a cloud-based Human Capital Management (HCM) and Payroll solution to unlock efficiency and capability improvements and replace sub-optimal manual and spreadsheet driven processes.

Durham turned to KPMG in the UK for its expertise and – with help from KPMG’s Powered HR, Alliance and Higher Educations Advisory teams – the University is now transitioning rapidly to Oracle’s HCM cloud solution.

Durham becomes one of the first UK universities to implement a cloud-based HR transformation initiative on this scale and is looking forward to unlocking opportunities for increased efficiency and common practices to support its growth in today’s – and tomorrow’s – highly competitive global higher education market.

This is the first phase of a two phase program, which will include Finance and Procurement capabilities. Durham’s engagement with KPMG’s UK firm runs until August 2019 and could extend to include the next phase.

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