Fixing Portico: The Academic Model Project
Portico is the core student administration system which drives all aspects of the student lifecycle, from application to graduation. The purpose of the Academic Model Project is to introduce changes to the Academic Model to allow Portico and the processes it supports to run as efficiently as possible for all staff and student users.
Over the past ten years student numbers have doubled from approximately 20,000 to 40,000. In this time there have also been changes in Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) requirements, and changes to UCL’s regulations and procedures as well.
The Academic Model defines how curriculum data is structured and linked in Portico. With all of the changes that have taken place at UCL, making improvements to the Academic Model and to the key administrative processes to reflect these changes will ensure that Portico has the best framework for the volume of data it needs to manage, and continues to deliver the best user experience possible.
Phase 2 was completed in August 2018 and included over 100 consultations, training, and briefing sessions. Three data collection activities were completed in this phase, vastly improving the programme, module and assessment data available.
Phase 3 is intended to build on the improvements made during Phase 2 with a particular focus on process improvement. Read more about the areas within the scope of Phase 3, which will run in the 2018-2019 academic year.
While there are multiple improvements planned for Phase 3, our primary focus is on three key deliverables: exam boards, module selection and an online module catalogue.
In order to ensure that Portico is fit for purpose, we carry out consultation activities and testing activities with staff and students across all faculties.