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The College Space Sharing Programme

The Room Booking Implementation Project is part of the College Space Sharing Programme, which aims to ensure the College maximises its use of space to help support the best possible teaching and learning experience.

Project Objectives

  • Implement a new system for booking meetings.
  • Phased implementation with long term goal of including all campuses and all rooms suitable for meetings.
  • Providing a single source of room availability and a single method for booking meetings across College.

Phased implementation 

The project will go forward in a phased approach, that will ensure that the risks involved with the required interaction between the new system and the two existing key College systems (Kinetics [KX], the College’s conference management system, and Celcat, the College’s timetabling system) are minimised whilst still revealing key benefits. 

The project will focus on integrating all meeting rooms into the booking system, before subsequently listing all teaching and event rooms. A feasibility and business case for making first the availability of the teaching and event rooms visible within the system, before ultimately making them all bookable within it, will then be established and prepared in anticipation of realising those aims. 

If you would like further information on the project phases and the anticipated benefits that each will deliver, please download the introductory slides above.

Phases 1 and 2

Phase 1 - Book meetings in meeting rooms

Deliverables for Phase 1:

  • Staff will be able to book rooms that are exclusively used for meetings using either Outlook or Planon. 
  • Departments can share their rooms and thereby gain access to the pool of shared rooms from other departments, or restrict their rooms to  staff in the department. 
  • Standard etiquette for booking and use of shared meeting rooms will be implemented.

Progress to date:

Phase 2 - Replace Location Inventory System (ICLIS)

Deliverables for Phase 2:

  • The list of all College shared spaces, including those used for teaching and events, is held in Planon and can be searched.
  • Room inventory information for all shared spaces is maintained in Planon. 

Progress to date:

  • The list of all shared spaces has been created in Planon.
  • Initial room inventory data was extracted from Celcat and the existing ICLIS system and is being uploaded into Planon.
  • Staff in each department who maintain the room inventory data have been trained and the data updated.

Open the College Room Information gadget in Planon

Phases 3 and 4

Phase 3 - Search for available teaching and events rooms

Deliverables for Phase 3:

  • Staff will be able to  search for available teaching or events rooms that are suitable for meetings and view information about the room.
  • A standard process to request teaching or events rooms for a meeting will be implemented.
  • Standard etiquette for the booking and use of teaching/events rooms for meetings will be implemented.

Progress to date:

  • The project team have investigated the feasibility and the options for phase 3. A proposal has been approved by the Room Booking Project and the Space Sharing Programme Board.  
  • This phase of the project is in progress, see the Phase 3 page for more details.

Next steps:

  • See the Phase 3 page for details of next steps and how you can get involved.

Phase 4 - Book teaching and events rooms for meetings

Deliverables for Phase 4:

  • Staff will use Planon to search for and request/book available teaching and events rooms for meetings.

Progress to date:

  • As part of the feasibility study for Phase 3, some initial requirements for Phase 4 have been captured.  Further investigation will be required and a proposal will be developed if/when Phase 3 is nearing completion.

Why do we need the Room Booking Implementation Project now?

  • There are at least 13 different room booking ‘systems’ being used across the College, meaning:
    • There are multiple room booking processes in place
    • There is very limited visibility of bookable rooms across the College
    • Access is restricted by system.
  • The ‘Web Room Booking’ (WRB) system, which is open to staff to book a selection of rooms in SALC and Sherfield, is end of life and no longer supported by the supplier.
  • Currently, the average member of the PA network spends around 17 hours/week on making indirect room bookings.
  • Implementation of the agreed Space Sharing and Room Booking Policies to bring transparency to the use and management of College space.


Project Vision and Benefits

Benefit/ Desired End State

Current State


1) A single source of truth for shared-space, which enables cross-College management and planning. 

  • 13 known systems/ room request tools  to locate and request c.350 shared spaces.

  • PA & Admin Network Survey: Currently 71% of respondents disagree with the statement “I can access all the rooms shared in College and know how to book them”.

  • Single source of truth:
    • 1 mechanism to locate and request c.389 shared spaces.
    • 3 systems which hold bookings.
  • At least 80% of survey respondents will agree that they can access all the rooms shared in College and know how to book them.

2)Time savings, particularly for staff whose job regularly involves booking rooms.

  • PA & Admin Network Survey: Currently, the average member of the network spends around 17 hours/week on making indirect room bookings.
  • ‘Voice of’ pain points (200 comments categorised into 12 key categories.)
  • Sherfield Room Booking Study survey comments
  • Reduce by at least 50% the effort associated with room booking:
    • Reduce time spent on room bookings to 8.5 hours/week.
    • Reduce anecdotal feedback regarding ‘pain points’ in system.

Indirect benefits:

  • A single source of truth will indirectly unlock the potential to:
  • Re-purpose College space for the benefit of the academic mission
  • Avoid costs associated with hiring external spaces
  • Room Booking P1&2 Benefits Report