News & events


CEPMMA runs a series of user-dedicated seminars throughout the year. These seminars are by invitation to users likely to be interested in research findings in the areas researched by CEPMMA. 

Two major seminars of this type were held recently:

Study of University Administration.  This seminar reported on initial findings on where we might find cost efficient good quality university administration in the UK. The project had been funded by HEFCE as was this seminar itself. Over 100 senior administrators from UK universities attended the seminar to hear on the approach adopted for the analysis and to receive the findings on their own institution. There was considerable coverage both at local level (Birmingham Post) and at national level (Times Higher Education Supplement).

The use of comparative efficiency assessment methods in regulation. This seminar was aimed at regulators, regulated utilities and consultancies dealing in efficiency analyses. It attracted over 30 participants from a number of organisations at national level, including OFWAT, water, companies, and consultancy companies (OXERA, NERA, Europe Economics etc).  The speakers were academics from CEPMMA, visitors of CEPMMA at the time (Coelli and Arocena – see answer to question 5 above) and invited speakers, including academics from Loughborough and City universities.

Past events

6 July 2008  - CEPMMA Workshop on Performance Measurement & its Application to Incentive Regulation & Public Services

This one-day workshop was organised by Dr. David Saal and Professor Emmanuel Thanassoulis. It was attended by approximately 60 delegates drawn from academia, government, regulated companies and regulators. The aim of the workshop was to bring together researchers and policy makers with interests in productivity and efficiency measurement and its application to improving the performance of both regulated utilities and public services.

9.30 – Welcome by David Saal and Emmanuel Thanassoulis (Aston Business School)

9.45 – Session 1 chaired by Monica Giulietti:

11.45 – Session 2 chaired by David Saal:

14.15 – Session 3 chaired by Vania Sena:

16.15 – Round Table Discussion Chaired by Emmanuel Thanassoulis

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