Two or 3 times a 12 months, the dreaded reminder that the subsequent a number of days and weeks can be crammed with a number of spreadsheets (that’s if you will get the information in a single piece), a ridiculous variety of emails, forwards and backwards between brokers, recruitment workers and finance and copious quantities of hysteria of what can and may go incorrect.
With the massive surge in agent functions and enrolments, this downside has grown in magnitude for therefore many.
Getting in proper
Signing off tens of millions of kilos in fee funds isn’t taken frivolously and I had definitely been reminded of previous errors, even when they weren’t mine. Paying the incorrect quantity of fee or the incorrect agent is simply the tip of the iceberg. Understanding the fee step thresholds, share caps, bespoke commissions and investigating any instances of a number of claims, used to make me wish to bury my head within the sand.
On high of that, the bodily act of sending out confirmed (as I noticed it) lists to brokers meant a return to playschool. Taking display screen pictures of lists, saving them onto drives after which emailing them to brokers (and receiving countless bounce backs), meant fee season was going to be a nightmare, at a time after I needed to begin touring to advertise the subsequent consumption.
So, what’s the choice?
On the College of Central Lancashire, I seemed lengthy and onerous for any resolution to this essential, however time consuming and aggravating a part of my job. What I got here throughout was a standalone, cloud-based software program which promised to make the method a breeze.
SAMS Pay was the brainchild of Shamim Sarkar (not my alias!). Shamim had been operating an company based mostly out of Sheffield for a few years, following which he began an edtech firm, SAMS World. The thought was to create software program, bespoke for our business from a spot of expertise.
Shamim knew how troublesome it was to receives a commission by universities, the countless negotiations and delays, along with missed commissions. What if universities may make it simple?
The software program goals to make fee processing clear, quick and correct. And I consider it does what it says on the tin. That’s why I labored with SAMS World to implement the answer at UCLan, lengthy earlier than I knew I used to be going to work for them.
Simple to make use of
The software program is easy and straightforward. Brokers have entry to add lists, universities add their enrolment report and hey presto, the system tells you who’s due what fee, while flagging up all these college students who didn’t enrol. The most effective factor is, everybody can see what’s going on, with out having to ship a single electronic mail because the system sends out notifications to all events at each stage. Implementing it, was simply as easy and being standalone meant that we had management.
The most important problem that I confronted, was getting brokers to undertake the brand new method of working. Nevertheless, as confidence grew, so did engagement.
To seek out out extra, head to the SAMS Pay web site and if you’re feeling the ache, ebook a demo!
In regards to the writer: This can be a sponsored publish from Shamim Ghani, Gross sales & Advertising and marketing Director, SAMS World. Shamim has over 20 years’ expertise in worldwide scholar recruitment and joined SAMS World in 2023 having spent 5 years as Head of Worldwide Initiatives on the College of Huddersfield and virtually 2 years as Affiliate Director, Worldwide Recruitment at UCLan. At each universities, he was the agent lead and accountable for agent fee processing and log off.