About the Customer
London South Bank University (LSBU) is a public university in Newington, London. It has 17,985 students and 1,700 staff, and is based in the London Borough of Southwark, near the South Bank of the River Thames, from which it takes its name.
Founded from charitable donations in 1892 as the Borough Polytechnic Institute, it absorbed several other local colleges in the 1970s and 1990s, and achieved university status in 1992. LSBU is a post-1992 or new university.
The current Chancellor is investor Richard Farleigh and Vice-Chancellor is David Phoenix.
Scope and Challenges
Drives educational excellence with smart financial planning Higher education requires expert resource planning. To gain greater insight into effective long-term strategies, London South Bank University (LSBU) equipped its financial planning department with IBM® Planning Analytics, helping to foster student success with more effective forecasting and budgeting. University funding fluctuates with student enrolment and many other factors. How could LSBU gain the insight it needs to optimize resource planning and make prudent long-term investments?
Outcome and Implications
By choosing the cloud deployment option for IBM Planning Analytics, LSBU doesn’t have to worry about installing, maintaining or upgrading the software. This helps to reduce total cost of ownership and increase flexibility.
To help the financial planning team transfer data between different systems more easily, LSBU also utilizes the IBM Planning Analytics for Microsoft Excel extension—enabling it to load budgets and forecasts from the IBM platform into its accounting solution seamlessly.
Working with IBM Business Partner Budgeting Solutions, LSBU enhanced its planning capabilities with IBM® Planning Analytics—empowering the finance team with more efficient forecasting processes.
“Efficient, effective financial reporting and forecasting are fundamental to LSBU’s ability to make the best investments in its students, staff, and facilities. To help LSBU direct its resources, we use financial planning tools to track every aspect of university finance, including student numbers, staff payroll and CAPEX, as well as all of the University’s additional costs.” said Keith Would, Head of Financial Planning and Reporting at LSBU
“When completing our budgeting cycle, we had to manually update around 20 different tools to ensure we produced student numbers and fee income information for different programs of study, including undergraduate or postgraduate courses and domestic and overseas students. This created a significant amount of time-consuming, manual effort for our team, and increased the scope for human error. As our needs grew, it was clear that the financial planning tool we were using didn’t have the capacity to handle the amount of data we needed to build one consolidated budgeting model." said Keith Would, Head of Financial Planning and Reporting at LSBU
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