International management consultancy Nous Group has acquired Cubane Consulting, a provider of higher education benchmarking services through its UniForum programme, to form a higher education service business operating in the UK, Ireland, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Both businesses are based in London.

Tim Orton, founder and chief executive of Nous, said: “Nous is committed to the transformative value of education, so we are constantly looking to grow the quality and range of work we do at all levels of education – and in particular in higher education. Learnings from our work in Canada, and in Australia in particular, offer our suite of UK clients fresh perspective and understanding, which is critical for institutions looking to evolve and gain a competitive advantage.

“As the UniForum program is the most comprehensive, detailed and unparalleled benchmarking service currently available, Nous’s acquisition of Cubane represents an exciting opportunity for us to help our university clients globally to act on Cubane insights and improve their performance.”

Edward Curry-Hyde, founder and group managing director of Cubane, added: “We believe there will be substantial benefits for Cubane clients who choose to then work with Nous through needing less disruptive data collection, less reinvention of insights, and quicker progress to conclusions and benefit realisation. UniForum will be even more valuable if clients also have access to Nous’s expertise to help shape and implement their improvement programmes.”

Date published: 7 May 2021

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