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Progression monitoring and performing with SkillsForge

A successful postgraduate research programme contributes significantly to the advancement of knowledge and experience, for the student, the institution and globally. Programmes can be wide-ranging and intense, and can pose heavy demands on those involved. Inevitably therefore, performance and levels of achievement vary widely within and across institutions, as do the associated costs of supervision, governance and administration. With this in mind, effective progression monitoring and supervision is a must.

SkillsForge was formed, many years ago, at the University of York to address this problem. Its extremely interactive Software as a Service solution, itself drawing on the benefit of research at the university, implements a streamlined process to automate best practice in postgraduate research progression monitoring and supervision.

Now offered as a comprehensive tool for universities, SkillsForge is configurable in terms of workflow, forms, notifications, look and feel and reporting. And it integrates easily with existing institutional systems, including student record, human resources and research management systems.

Time efficiency savings averaging at 75%... Elapsed time efficiency savings at least 85% on average

- Flinders University, ACGR Monthly Newsletter

The implementation of SkillsForge within a leading university more than tripled the uptake of development activities by students

- SkillsForge customer

SkillsForge is a proud member of the following:

SkillsForge enables users

Users can:
  • Track and record their progress against their programme timeline and deadlines
  • Initiate workflows to efficiently process requests
  • Self-analyse and reflect on their skills
  • Produce a development plan
  • Choose, book and track development activities
  • Improve their outcomes
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SkillsForge enables supervisors

Supervisors can:
  • At a glance see their students programme status and any outstanding deadlines
  • Initiate workflows to efficiently process requests
  • Easily and quickly overview student skills
  • Track their students' skills development over time
  • Reduce student/supervisor communication barriers and support transparency
  • Manage their own self development activities

SkillsForge enables institutions

Institutions can:
  • Comprehensively monitor progress for individual students, across cohorts and departments and across all post graduate researchers
  • Initiate workflows to efficiently process requests
  • Automatically manage all course booking requirements
  • Record interactions for UK Visa & Immigration
  • Integrate easily with other institutional systems to increase efficiency and effectiveness
  • Produce comprehensive management information through the business intelligence reporting solution
Illustration of a woman working on her laptop
Illustration of a woman working on her laptop

SkillsForge enables users

Users can:
  • Track and record their progress against their programme timeline and deadlines
  • Initiate workflows to efficiently process requests
  • Self-analyse and reflect on their skills
  • Produce a development plan
  • Choose, book and track development activities
  • Improve their outcomes
Illustration of a student and supervisor shaking hands

SkillsForge enables supervisors

Supervisors can:
  • At a glance see their students programme status and any outstanding deadlines
  • Initiate workflows to efficiently process requests
  • Easily and quickly overview student skills
  • Track their students' skills development over time
  • Reduce student/supervisor communication barriers and support transparency
  • Manage their own self development activities
Illustration of a woman working on her laptop

SkillsForge enables institutions

Institutions can:
  • Comprehensively monitor progress for individual students, across cohorts and departments and across all post graduate researchers
  • Initiate workflows to efficiently process requests
  • Automatically manage all course booking requirements
  • Record interactions for UK Visa & Immigration
  • Integrate easily with other institutional systems to increase efficiency and effectiveness
  • Produce comprehensive management information through the business intelligence reporting solution
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Winner of the

University Entrepreneur's Challenge 2017

and the

Innovation Award 2017

"The judges felt that SkillsForge was a leader in this sector. The innovative idea and the way it is executed is truly remarkable."

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