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We work in partnership with colleagues across the University and engage with a range of external organisations, acting as a key point of contact for the Scottish Funding Council and Government agencies. We provide expert advice and guidance, produce insightful strategic analysis, research and commentary; and help to optimise the University's profile and reputation. 

We deliver information, business intelligence and analysis to enhance the University's approach to strategic and annual planning through evidence-based decision-making. We aim to provide a clear, concise and influential voice, underpinned by robust data and analytics, on areas of interest and strategic importance.  

We support Schools and Professional Service areas with their plans, to ensure the University’s Stra​tegy is delivered through cohesive business planning and carefully selected strategic performance measures. 

Our key areas of focus are:

Planning Process

Academic portfolio monitoring

Student number targets 

School and Professional Service area plans 

Information to support budgeting and financial planning

Performance Monitoring

University and Academic Key Performance Indicators – a way of measuring and monitoring progress towards the University’s strategic objectives as articulated in the University Strategy 

Externally published performance Indicators –provide comparative data on the performance of Higher Education providers in widening participation, student retention, learning and teaching outcomes, research output and graduate employment

League table reporting and analysis – online tools that are valued and used by students in making their university choice, pivotal to optimising the University's profile and reputation

Statutory Returns

SFC data returns (Early Statistic and Early Access Return, Student Number Return and TRAC) 

Coordination of HESA Returns (Estates Management Record, HE-BCI, Provider Profile, Staff and Finance Returns)

Support NES Indexing process for NHS Education for Scotland 

Upskilling and NTTF Returns

Outcome Agreement


Claudia Cisneros-Foster

Planning and Performance Manager


Julie Purves

Planning and Performance Officer


Cameron Ross

Planning and Performance Officer