Friday 1 August 2014
SEAtS, a leading provider of software for Higher Education Institutes (HEIs), today announced that the University of Northampton has selected SEAtS software to support the University’s Student Retention, Engagement Compliance and Capital Investment Objectives, and to support its desire to deliver the best possible student experience. The university identified SEAtS through a comprehensive 6 month OJEU tendering process, fully researching the market. SEAtS has subsequently become available for other HEIs to purchase directly through the OJEU approved G-Cloud 5 framework from the Crown Commercial Service.
“The performance management approach and data that SEAtS offers will be important components of our policy initiatives around student retention, engagement and space utilisation, and of our ability to meet compliance requirements,” said Kathryn Kendon, Deputy Director of Student and Academic Services at the University of Northampton.
The SEAtS Student Engagement Platform is an early warning system for retention, engagement, attendance and compliance issues. Reports, alerts and data analytics are delivered on cloud infrastructure. Student presence will be captured using touch terminals that work with existing student ID cards.
SEAtS will also support institutional ability to meet Tier 4 visa and immigration compliance obligations, as well as enable attendance data capture, absence alerts, online registers and evidence of presence with verifiable data streams. SEAtS will enable the University of Northampton to produce more accurate student engagement data and analytics to lecturers, administrators, students and relevant external stakeholders.
The SEAtS platform will connect with existing campus systems at the University of Northampton including student records, timetabling and virtual learning environments.
“Since the introduction of tuition fees, student expectations have risen significantly and the student recruitment landscape has become increasingly competitive for HEI’s. Universities such as Northampton that are innovating by using the power of big data, real time reporting and analytics, new methods of capturing engagement and presence will now gain significant competitive advantage,” said Noel Dooley, CEO of SEAtS Software.
“Information delivered through SEAtS to students, administrators and academic staff in an easy to use and understand way will facilitate early interventions,” added Kathryn. “We look forwards to how we can use this information to have an impact on student engagement and retention.”