Cross-Cutting Services

Although are main customers are students, over the years we have sought new ways to work with colleagues by cutting across traditional boundaries and linking separate interests. This approach has been driven in some ways by Jan Carlzon’s maxim “If you’re not serving the customer, your job is to be serving someone who is.”


In 2012 we developed the model below (based on Michael Porter’s Value Chain model) to help us explain how and where we were able to support our colleagues across the Student Services Department.

Student Information Services
We can help colleagues to develop and refine their messaging to students using the range of channels to their best effect.

We help colleagues with developing their print communications designing materials to convey general student (leaflets, posters,)

Student General Enquiry Handling Service
We help colleagues by managing general student-related front line enquiries from students and their supporters. This includes:

  • Answer the majority of face to face general student related enquiries.
  • Answer general support enquiries and signpost or refer to appropriate information sources.
  • Handle agreed gatekeeping, signposting and referral of student enquires and request
  • Handle general student related enquiries for from third party such as parents, banks, embassies, employment agencies, etc.)

Student Web Presence Support and Guidance
We offer colleagues help with web copy, design, evaluation and development.

  • We have a broad range of skills to support the development of web based content including copy, digital media and databases.
  • Our stewardship of the University’s FAQ database (Ask Sheffield) allows us to support colleagues and include their general questions.
  • Finally we have developed a comprehensive set of guidelines outlining best practice in Web Presence Management.

Student Status Confirmation and Verification Service
Like many large organisations which have a single official in a position of authority that requires the frequent signing of similar documents, staff use an inked, blue, stamp signature of the University Secretary. We can confirm past and present student status on a wide range of documents.

Updated model
Recently we have updated this model to reflect the fact that we are increasingly involved with supporting colleagues across the rest of the University as well as in our department.



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