KentVision is a major project underway at the University intended to bring together a number of different administrative processes and simplify how we support the student journey.
As a complex programme impacting on numerous areas of our work, getting the final scope for this right has been crucial and has required detailed work over recent months. With this now in place, the project is now nearing the testing and approval stage ahead of launching in January 2021.
As well as replacing the expiring Student Data System (SDS), KentVision is designed to introduce simpler and more consistent ways to input, manage and process student data across the University. This will in turn support wider work to reduce bureaucracy and improve the ways we work at Kent. Its objectives are to:
- Provide an administrative journey that is clear, informative and seamless to all applicants and students.
- Create a united academic administration across Central Services and Divisions, giving us a single source of high–quality authoritative data.
- Refine student administration, reducing administrative effort for staff across the University
- Improve processes and deliver full IT enablement, using standard SITS capability to maximum advantage and enabling fully integrated mobile-enabled services for students and staff.
After a lengthy and at times challenging initial development phase, the KentVision project is now fully on track against an agreed timeline to launch in January 2021. Key staff will be invited to take part in detailed testing work throughout the coming months, ahead of a broader training programme for wider staff later in the autumn as we prepare for full data migration. After launching in January, the project will move towards ongoing support for staff as they adapt to new system, while also working together with users to identify improvements and ensure we make the most of the multiple benefits KentVision will offer.