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Planning for Sustainability: TRAC for planners

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Planning departments are increasingly being drawn into questions of efficiency and sustainability. To engage with this agenda, it is important to understand how much activities cost.

TRAC, or the Transparent Approach to Costing, and the data derived as part of TRAC reporting, have the potential to inform these discussions. To date they have been relatively infrequently used by planners for a number of reasons, including the external focus of TRAC reporting, concerns about the Time Allocation Survey and TRAC adjustments, a perception of the process being “owned by” Finance, and the lack of external benchmarking.

However, when understood and used appropriately, TRAC has the potential to be a powerful source of information about the real cost of activities. TRAC also influences policy-makers and thus needs to be understood by those of us who advise our universities on policy.

HESPA has worked with HEFCE’s TRAC Development Group to create a one-day workshop on “TRAC for Planners”. This session will be run by Olivia Kew-Fickus, Director of Strategic Planning at the University of Birmingham; Greg Langston, Head of Corporate Accounting at the University of Birmingham; and Andrew Bush, Director, KPMG.

The session has two aims:

  • To introduce TRAC to a planning audience

  • To understand from planners their questions and concerns about TRAC in order to scope whether there would be demand for further resources or a HESPA Members’ Network on TRAC

Specific topics covered will be:

  • What is TRAC

  • What it does and doesn’t tell you

  • How is TRAC used nationally

  • What are the different parts of TRAC (TRAC T etc.)

  • What are the inputs to TRAC

  • What are the adjustments made to TRAC

  • How are TRAC facilities and overheads calculations made

  • How to use TRAC in planning (University of Birmingham case study)

  • Work Allocation Models and TRAC (maybe University of Exeter??)

  • Benchmarking TRAC

  • Using TRAC for costing and pricing

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