Tribal Group acquires Semestry

Expanding the Tribal Edge offerings through the addition of Semestry’s cloud Scheduling and Timetabling software

1 April 2021: Tribal, a leading provider of software and services to the international education market, is pleased to announce that it has acquired Semestry Limited, a supplier of cloud scheduling and timetabling software to the higher education market. The acquisition of Semestry will expand Tribal’s product portfolio, adding Scheduling and Timetabling capability to the Tribal Edge ecosystem of Higher Education solutions.

Semestry currently services 21 customers across five countries in Europe, including the University of Cambridge, University of York, Manchester Metropolitan University, Birmingham City University, University of Amsterdam (Netherlands), Aarhus University (Denmark), Universiteit Hasselt (Belgium) and Reykjavik University (Iceland). We are delighted to welcome all new customers to Tribal.

The acquisition of Semestry will enable Tribal to provide a more comprehensive offering to its existing and new customers, supporting the Tribal Edge strategy. TermTime and ExamTime will help extend Tribal’s reach into other markets, such as South East Asia and North America.

Steve Harrison, Founder and Director of Semestry commented:

“We are delighted to have completed the move to Tribal and see this as the next step in the development of our business. With Tribal’s focus in education, investment and wider market reach, we will be able to accelerate our development plans, extend our team, and serve new markets, continuing our rapid growth. Our solutions are helping education institutions to deal with the current and emerging situation facing students and educators. Demands for more agile space, more flexible and small group spaces, and a more individualised response to students significantly impact the role of timetabling. We have designed our solutions to help address these challenges.”

Mark Pickett, CEO of Tribal Group commented: 

“We are delighted to welcome the Semestry team to Tribal Group. This is a significant step toward delivering on our strategy to provide complete, integrated Student Information Systems delivered as SaaS solutions in the public cloud. Semestry’s market-leading SaaS solutions, with their strong client relationships, will open up an exciting opportunity for Tribal. Semestry’s timetabling and scheduling solutions expand our Tribal Edge ecosystem of best-in-breed student management applications.”

Semestry will continue to run as a separate company under its own brand. You can find further information about Semestry and the range of timetabling products at


Customer Satisfaction

As we all know, customer satisfaction is all about meeting expectations and is a vital part of achieving any success.

One of our recent customers has been scheduling their student timetables for the first time with TermTime.

All of this under the added pressure and demands created by the CoVid pandemic and developing strategies for delivering the curriculum.

Rena Silver is part of our development team and is actively involved in the implementation of TermTime to new customers.

At the beginning of this new academic year, our customer was very impressed with Rena’s commitment in helping them to not only meet their deadlines for publishing their student timetables, but also with Rena’s expert help in delivering blended and on-line activity schedules.

To show this appreciation, our customer presented Rena with a token of their satisfaction in the form of a bottle of champagne.


Thanks from the Semestry team too Rena and thank you to our customer, a great way to show your satisfaction.


De Haagse Hogeschool selects TermTime

Semestry is delighted to announce that De Haagse Hogeschool (The Hague University of Applied Science) has selected TermTime as part of the automated and centralised support for their educational logistics process.

The introduction of TermTime is part of a program aimed at making the entire educational logistics chain (from curriculum development to timetable) more efficient, transparent and effective.

The university was founded in 1987 and it has expanded to four campuses in the near-side cities of The Hague, Delft and Zoetermeer.

The Hague University of Applied Sciences is known for the international characteristic of its student population with around 146 nationalities represented on campus.

The Hogeschool van Amsterdam select TermTime

Semestry is very pleased and excited to announce that The Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS/HvA) have selected Semestry to provide them with our TermTime Cloud Scheduling and Exams solution.

Semestry announces new customer – University of Hasselt in Belgium

This week, the University of Hasselt chose Semestry as their supplier partner for the delivery and implementation of their teaching and resource planning system.

We are pleased to announce that the University of Hasselt is our first customer in Belgium and we are looking forward to building a close and successful relationship with all those involved in the project.

The university will be implementing our full range of TermTime Cloud Services, including ExamTime.

Hasselt University is a public research university with campuses in Hasselt and Diepenbeek, Belgium. It was officially established in 1971, as the Limburgs Universitair Centrum (LUC). In 2005, the university changed its name to Hasselt University.


Hasselt University is an innovative university which has a pronounced international orientation. It stands for excellence in education, top research in spearhead fields and active commitment to innovation and entrepreneurship. This is reflected by its ranking amongst the best 10% universities worldwide in U-Multirank 2019.

Hasselt University is also ranked 65th in the Times Higher Education-ranking of universities younger than 50 years.

QA Higher Education select TermTime

Earlier this month, QA Higher Education chose Semestry as their timetable solution partner.

QA will be implementing our TermTime Cloud Scheduling Solution for their integrated academic scheduling and room booking needs.


QA Higher Education is a private UK higher education provider. Working in partnership with universities, colleges and education specialists in the UK, they recruit, market and deliver a range of programmes from foundation level, to undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. All designed to support our students’ future career aspirations.


QA has been working in learning and development for over 30 years, with people who are shaping futures. They work with students, learners, customers and partners, across industries, and countries – providing learning solutions and the right skills for tomorrow’s challenges.

University of York chooses TermTime and ExamTime

Semestry is pleased to announce that in April 2020, the University of York selected TermTime and ExamTime to provide a comprehensive solution to scheduling academic and examination timetables plus room and resource management.

Based on feedback and taking into account technology changes, the University of York is implementing new IT services and projects that must meet and be evaluated against the following principles:

  • Designed to support the needs of students, lecturers and researchers
  • Easy to use, easy to access and easy to learn
  • Resilient
  • Energy efficient
  • Agile and easy to maintain
  • Cost effective
  • Secure


A member of the prestigious Russell Group, the University of York is a dynamic, research-intensive university. They work collaboratively in partnership with institutions across the world to develop life-saving discoveries and new technologies that tackle some of the most pressing global challenges.

The 30+ academic departments undertake groundbreaking research that underpins our inspiring teaching and challenges students to dream big, think critically and change the world.

University of Cambridge chooses TermTime

In February 2020, the University of Cambridge chose TermTime to deliver a scheduling solution across the institution as part of their Education Space Scheduling and Modelling (ESSM) project.

The ESSM project will enable the University, its Schools, Faculties and Departments to:

  • Timetable teaching and exams more easily and efficiently;
  • Schedule activities into space more easily and efficiently
  • Gather and analyse data on the use of space efficiently and accurately
  • Model the use of education space across the estate in order to support informed strategic decisions about estate development.

The University of Cambridge is one of the world’s oldest universities and leading academic centres, and a self-governed community of scholars. Its reputation for outstanding academic achievement is known worldwide, and reflects the intellectual achievement of its students, as well as the world-class original research carried out by the staff of the University and the Colleges.

The University is a confederation of 31 Colleges and over 150 Departments, Faculties, Schools and other institutions, and is home to more than 18,000 students from all walks of life and all corners  of the world, and over 11,000 staff.

The mission of the University is to contribute to society through the pursuit of education, learning, and research at the highest international levels of excellence.

Manchester Metropolitan University chooses Semestry

Semestry are delighted to announce that, at the end of 2019, Manchester Metropolitan University selected our full suite of TermTime Cloud Scheduling Services for their integrated academic scheduling, room booking and resource management needs. We look forward to working closely with them and welcome them to the rapidly expanding Semestry user community.

More information to follow.


Manchester Metropolitan University is a public university located in Manchester, England. The university traces its origins to the Manchester Mechanics Institute – later the Manchester College of Commerce – and the Manchester School of Design, which formed Manchester Polytechnic in 1970. Manchester Polytechnic then gained university status under the government’s Further and Higher Education Act, becoming the Manchester Metropolitan University in 1992. Today, it is headquartered in the city of Manchester, with additional facilities in Cheshire.

Manchester Metropolitan University is an accredited member of the Association of MBAs, and member of the University Alliance, the Association of Commonwealth Universities, the North West Universities Association, Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business and the European University Association.


Birmingham City University choose TermTime and ExamTime

Earlier last year, Birmingham City University chose TermTime and ExamTime to deliver an integrated teaching and examination timetable solution across the institution.

Birmingham City University has chosen the full TermTime suite of services as part of an on-going programme to enable their students to engage and progress to successful achievement. Coherent, accurate and well-designed zoned timetables will be part of the strategy to maximise student satisfaction and the learning experience.

More information to follow.

Birmingham City University is a university in Birmingham, England. Initially established as the Birmingham College of Art with roots dating back to 1843, it was designated as a polytechnic in 1971 and gained university status in 1992.

The university has three main campuses serving four faculties, and offers courses in art and design, business, the built environment, computing, education, engineering, English, healthcare, law, the performing arts, social sciences, and technology. A £125 million extension to its campus in the city centre of Birmingham, part of the Eastside development of a new technology and learning quarter, is opening in two stages, with the first phase having opened in 2013.