Student Lifecycle Project launch update

Provost and Deputy Vice Chancellor, Professor Gill Valentine updates us on the progress of the Student Lifecycle Project (SLP) and new launch dates.

"After thorough consideration, the decision has been made to reschedule the launch of SITS (the commercial student records management system for storing and managing student information, used by over 60 per cent of universities in the UK) from September 2019 to September 2020.

"There are three reasons for this decision:

  • The latest SLP feedback survey highlighted concerns that we are not ready to change the way we deliver all of our core student services for September 2019. Your feedback is vitally important to us and we are taking your concerns seriously.
  • The project is facing some practical challenges, with several areas of development taking longer than expected.
  • One of the key drivers behind a September 2019 launch was the introduction of Data Futures for all universities. This new way of returning regulatory data has now been delayed so we will continue to return data in the current way using CIS (the current student system) for 2019-20.

"This decision does not mean the work on the project is being paused or will incur any additional cost. The team will continue to work to their current technical deadlines, which presents considerable benefits for all of us:

  • There will be more opportunities to be involved with the project and have an impact on how the new services and system are developed.
  • As elements of the new services are completed, we can spend more time trialling and testing the system to understand how processes work together before we start using them to do our jobs.
  • A greater proportion of related services will be ready before September 2020, which will reduce the need for short-term workarounds.
  • The integrations with existing University systems such as the VLE and timetabling are complex and we can make sure they work really well between now and September 2020.

Gill Valentine

"An immediate priority for the SLP team is to publish a new timeline to show what is happening when. This will happen in early May, and will be available on the SLP web pages. We will let you know when this is available.

"I would like to extend my personal thanks to all members of staff who have contributed to the project so far. While rescheduling is disappointing, it means we have time to capitalise on all the hard work done by so many of you. I know it is not always easy balancing the demands of your day-to-day job with work on this project but it is vital we continue to work together to make this a success for the University.

"If you have any questions at all about this, please do get in touch or take a look at our FAQs."


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