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Universities Turn to e-HR

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November 2000

Universities turn to e-HR

Access Consulting, provider of IT-driven HR solutions, is announcing today that it has signed a significant contract with Napier University to implement SAP HR modules. Access・ leading advantage was its previous experience in this sector, particularly its recent success at the University of Stirling. The portfolio of clients that Access has gained show that universities are increasingly turning to e-HR. The Napier contract is Access・ sixth in the educational sector over past 2 years.

Napier University, Edinburgh, has a growing international reputation as a provider of high quality career-oriented education. It was ranked among the top three new universities in Scotland in the FT・s guide to the UK・s top 100 universities (April 2000). It is also one of the largest universities in Scotland with over 1,700 staff.

In line with its modern ethos, the University is committed not only to constantly developing its portfolio of courses, but also to making its internal services even more efficient. The personnel department was determined to find the best available solution to enhance its personnel and payroll services.

Following completion of a thorough tendering process, Nick Rogers, Director of Personal Services, said: :Having scoured the market, we are confident that SAP offers a package which is truly leading edge. We are also delighted to be working with Access Consulting. We feel that they will be able to support us now and with our longer-term personnel and payroll needs;.

By April 2001 Napier University will have new HR and payroll systems in operation but this is only the beginning of a much longer-term partnership. Over time they hope to introduce other SAP modules covering recruitment, training and even employee self-service.

The Napier University contract comes to Access as another University・s implementation is completed. The University of Stirling・s new HR system went live on the 1 April this year. Kathy McCabe, Project Manager at the University, said: :So many different areas have been improved by the new system, from payment of external examiners to the management of annual awards, we・ve been absolutely delighted. Even for regular activities, staff have expressed new found confidence in the data.;

Commented Tim Bradley, Sales & Marketing Director, Access Consulting: :Universities and other public institutions are among our most challenging clients. Budgets for internal services tending to be much more cost conscious. Access does everything possible in these cases to reassure customers that savings gained through the implementation of the software exceed initial spending. We also need to show that the vision going forward will meet their needs in an ever more competitive world for the best staff.;





Note to editors:

Access Consulting was founded in 1994 to provide specialist consultancy services in human resources, from HR strategy formulation, through HR business solutions implementation and ongoing long-term training and support arrangements. It was acquired in 1999 by Pecaso Ltd., a global human resources solution provider. Access is the leading SAP consultancy partner for HR in the UK with over 50 HR implementations. Its customer portfolio includes blue chip organisations such as Cadbury Schweppes, Halifax Plc, Kraft Jacobs Suchard, Granada Group, Compass Group and GKN Westland Helicopters, as well as a number of customers in the Public Sector such as the University of Leeds, City of Salford and Australian High Commission.

Napier University is one of the largest universities in Scotland with over 12,500 students. Students from all over Scotland, the UK and overseas come to the University to take advantage of the facilities provided by one of the most advanced higher education establishments in Scotland as well as the many social and cultural opportunities offered by Edinburgh. With strong international links, and close ties to industry in developing courses and work placements, 95% of Napier graduates find employment or further study within 6 months of graduating.

Case Study on University of Stirling available on request.


For more information please contact:
Marta Karlik / Sean Martindill / Ben Starkie
Buffalo Communications
Tel: +44 (0)20 7385 0777
Fax: +44 (0)20 7385 8662
Email: access@buffalo.co.uk

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