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SUMS Consulting works for universities and is owned by universities

We are a membership organisation working to provide expert consultancy in all areas of university support and management.


SUMS Consulting combines independence and impartiality with our overall mission to work entirely in our Members’ interests. SUMS Members are part of a vibrant organisation that actively promotes and supports the development of good practice in Higher Education.


Our consulting staff understand the higher education sector, its unique business model and the challenges it faces. At the same time, we offer a depth of experience and skills gained outside the sector from a variety of commercial, professional and industrial backgrounds. This combined expertise helps us connect strategy to operations to make sure our recommendations can be implemented successfully.

To find out more please visit our How SUMS Works page.  


Our unique membership model is recognised as a shared service that offers great value-for-money

SUMS’ membership has grown steadily since the organisation was established in 1968. We currently work with 31 organisations, all of which are rooted in the higher education sector. Each of our Members shapes the work that we do and benefits from the shared knowledge and understanding that results from it. A variety of levels of membership are available, to suit a range of size of universities. To see our current members please visit Our Members page. 


The partnership with our Members is at the heart of all we do.  We work with our Members to agree on work programmes, share knowledge and provide a vibrant network for the interchange of ideas and experience between universities.


SUMS Members have access to our management consultancy services, our expert staff, our extensive knowledge base and a range of valuable seminars, support groups and workshops which also provide useful networking opportunities. To find out more about the benefits of being a member of SUMS, please visit our Membership Benefits page. 


Our Transparency notice (staff) can be found here.
Our Records Retention schedule can be found here.


SUMS Consulting is a division of Southern Universities Management Services (SUMS).