• Users can...

    • - Record their progress
    • - Manage their performance
    • - Self-analyse competencies
    • - Reflect on their abilities
    • - Quickly identify skills gaps
    • - Choose and book development activities in one click
    • - Improve their outcomes

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 the nation. However, programmes are 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, progression monitoring is a must.

SkillsForge was formed to address this problem.  Its highly interactive Software as a Service solution, itself drawing on the benefit of research, implements a streamlined process to automate best practice in postgraduate research progression monitoring.

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

A configured solution encapsulates progression monitoring, supervision, course booking, training needs analysis, performance management and management reporting.  Furthermore, due to the commonality of requirements with a traditional student records system, SkillsForge can also serve this wider purpose.  With its contemporary technology architecture, this can offer considerable advantages against traditional legacy records systems.

Skillsforge’s innovation has been recognised with an “Innovation Award 2017” at the Educate North & UK Leadership Awards and, even more prestigiously, with the “University Entrepreneur’s Challenge 2017” Award.  A full list of the winners for 2017 can be seen here.

Hosted at the University of York, SkillsForge supports a wide range of authentication/security strategies. The software is upgraded regularly to incorporate the benefit of feedback from the large and rapidly expanding user base.

SkillsForge has been demonstrated to deliver significant benefits, including cost savings and improved outcomes.  Its impact has been described as “transformational” by one of the leading UK universities.

SkillsForge is the product of over 20 years research and development at the University of York.  The solution had its origins in researching competence development and performance management.  SkillsForge was created out of this research in order to commercialise the learning.  During the commercialisation process SkillsForge was developed as a skills assessment and development solution within the context of Postgraduate researcher progression monitoring.

 

Skills

Our solution enables reflection and assessment against any skills framework, the capturing of feedback from all relevant parties and continuous information capture and assessment of all skills development activities.

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Progression Monitoring

Our solution enables reflection and assessment against any skills framework, the capturing of feedback from all relevant parties and continuous information capture and assessment of all skills development activities.

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Course Booking

Our solution enables reflection and assessment against any skills framework, the capturing of feedback from all relevant parties and continuous information capture and assessment of all skills development activities.

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Administration & Reporting

The solution simplifies administration through the automated course booking and attendance monitoring, the self-capture of information as the user goes through their personal development journey, reporting tools and integration of SkillsForge to existing student records and human resources systems.

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