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Information Services are looking forward to welcoming the CSE Assessor in November for the 2019 assessment visit.  


December 2018 Update


CSE logoInformation Services are delighted to announce that we achieved re-accreditation of the CSE Standard as a single department in December 2018.  This is a direct result of the department’s commitment to listening to our customers and acting on their feedback as well as pro-actively introducing new services to enhance and improve the student experience.


We improved upon our performance in many areas compared to previous years, especially in relation to areas of “Compliance Plus”.


To achieve a “Compliance Plus” we must demonstrate that we exceed the standard expected for CSE compliance, typically evidencing that we are viewed as exceptional or as exemplar to others.


The elements highlighted by our assessor identified that we:

  • have developed customer insight about our customer groups to better understand their needs and preferences.
  • make particular efforts to identify hard-to-reach and disadvantaged groups and individuals and have developed our services in response to their specific needs.
  • have made positive changes to services as a result of analysing customer experience, including improved customer journeys.
  • use customer insight to inform policy and strategy and to prioritise service improvement activity.
  • can demonstrate how customer facing staffs’ insights and experiences are incorporated into internal processes, policy development and service planning.
  • interact within wider communities and we can demonstrate the ways in which we support those communities.
  • can demonstrate that we benchmark our performance against that of similar or complementary organisations and have used that information to improve our service.
  • have developed and learned from best practice identified within and outside our organisation, and we publish our examples externally where appropriate.


In addition to the Compliance Plus elements several Areas of Good Practice were reported and we are now forming an Action Plan to address Areas for Improvement also noted in the final assessment report.


Information Services & CSE

Within Information Services, the underlying principles of Customer Service Excellence and continuous improvement are embedded in all of the work we do, both at a development level as well as our “business as usual”. 

We operate in an extremely customer focussed culture, with representation across the department to ensure that customer service is kept at the forefront of our agenda.  


Benefits to our Customers

  • As a department we are armed with the right skills and knowledge which will make us more responsive to our customers.
  • CSE is a driver for continuous improvement which assists in further development of the service rather than meeting a standard and not progressing further.
  • It facilitates two way communication, ensuring we are responding to queries and to highlight that we are listening to feedback.

Benefits to Information Services Staff Members

  • Our staff have a sense of pride and achievement, investment and hard work is recognised against a rigorous standard, enhances staff morale
  • Encourages teamwork and knowledge sharing, makes us look more closely at ways to continuously improve the service
  • Enables us to explore and acquire new skills in the area of customer focus and so building our capacity for delivering improved services
  • Demonstrates competence and identifies areas for improvement.


Our CSE History

In 2012 Information Services proudly became the first converged IT and Library service within Scotland to achieve the Customer Service Excellence award. This built upon the Library’s accreditation in 2009, prior to the integration of the Library and C&IT to form Information Services.

In 2015 we worked in conjunction with our colleagues in Property & Facilities Services and the University Secretary’s Office to successfully achieve a single Customer Service Excellence accreditation for the University Secretary’s Group which we retained and improved upon in 2016 and 2017.  


The University Secretary’s Group disbanded at the end of 2017 and, recognising the significant importance of retaining the CSE Standard, we took the decision to re-accredit as a single department.  



How You Can Help Us

Feedback imageWe need your feedback! We need to know what you want, what you think we do well, what you think we don’t do so well.  Please let us know…

This will help us ensure that we’re meeting and exceeding your expectations, and providing the service you and your students need to achieve your goals.


To provide feedback, please email the IS Service Desk or leave a comment on one of the Feedback Walls in each of the 3 campus Libraries.