Research Councils UK (RCUK), a strategic partnership working to deliver the Government’s objectives for science and innovation, has selected Fujitsu Services, a leading European IT services company, under competitive tender process, to implement a shared services infrastructure. The shared services framework will unify key back office processes in HR, financial, procurement and grant processing across the seven Research Councils within the RCUK partnership and offer an integrated and efficient service to each Council.
The project, valued at £40 million over 10 years, will help the Councils to more effectively manage their supplier base, enable savings in procurement spend and lead to more efficient back office administration. It will provide benefits that will strengthen the Councils' abilities to support over 12,000 Research Council employees, and approximately 30,000 researchers. As part of the project 600 administrators will be employed at RCUK Shared Services Centre Ltd located in Swindon - the majority of these employees will transfer from existing roles within the Research Councils.
Peter Telford, chief executive of RCUK SSC Ltd commented, “We will deliver an integrated, more efficient and effective service to all the Research Councils. We are pleased to be working with Fujitsu on this challenging venture and look forward to delivering quality services for the benefit of the research community.”
Eithne Wallis CB, managing director of Government Business, Fujitsu Services, commented, “Fujitsu is consistently proving that it can deliver effective shared services infrastructures and is playing a vital role in driving forward the transformational government agenda through shared services. Organisations that adopt a shared services approach can experience genuine economies of scale and reduction in costs which can be essential in their drive for continuous improvement. This initiative will strengthen support for the Research Councils’ researchers, whose work is vital in the development of science and innovation in the UK.”
Each year the Research Councils invest around £2.8 billion in research covering the full spectrum of academic disciplines from the medical and biological sciences to astronomy, physics, chemistry and engineering, social sciences, economics, environmental sciences and the arts and humanities. Current priorities include energy, living with environmental change, global threats to security and ageing: lifelong health and wellbeing.
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