University of Huddersfield reduce call costs

  • Posted on: 10 April 2015

University of Huddersfield to reduce call costs with mobile charge-back project

Tiger View My Calls to help 500 mobile users quickly identify personal and work calls with automated approvals system

Ringwood, Hampshire, UK - Tiger Communications, a leading provider of Call Management Solutions, today announced details of a project at the University of Huddersfield that will help to better manage its call charge-back scheme for thousands of users.

The University of Huddersfield is a growing centre of research and excellence. Spread over three campuses in Huddersfield, Oldham and Barnsley, each year the University helps over 23,000 students (from school leavers to those returning to education) achieve their goals. Over 2,000 staff working within seven academic schools aim to push the boundaries of knowledge while providing high quality teaching in an exciting and stimulating environment.

The University opened its newest campuses at Oldham and Barnsley in 2005 which also coincided with an upgrade to its telephony system to include a Tiger call management system. The University has successfully used Tiger for the last 6 years for reporting, capacity planning and departmental charge-back for its fixed line calls.

However, with an increasingly nomadic workforce, the University had seen a steady rise in calls from the 500 work issued mobile phones it supports. “Our mobile phones are intended for work use although,  occasionally, people do need to make personal calls,” explains Anne-Marie Greenwood, Telecoms Manager for the University, “It can be difficult to work out which are personal calls and manually going through pages of bills was simply not feasible so we turned to Tiger for assistance”.

Using the Tiger Communications 'View My Calls' add-on as a personal call manager, each month the University loads an electronic billing file supplied by Orange that is reconciled against a list of work and personal numbers provided by each user. Any unknown numbers are flagged and sent in a monthly report to each user who can quickly assign them as either work or personal using an easy to use web portal. Each update is remembered for the future, which means that, after the first few months, the systems can automatically assign charge-back with minimal user intervention.

“The system also allows staff and managers to look at their own call logs and overall departmental spend to help better manage budgets,” explains Greenwood.