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TRICS Consortium Limited are very pleased to announce that, after a wait of three years, the 25th annual TRICS User Meeting will be taking place in London on Tuesday 29th November 2022.

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A number of online presentations have been put together following the publication of the Decide and Provide report released earlier this year, and we thought it would be a good idea to put a recording on the website to allow all TRICS Members to see these. The Covid-19 restrictions over the past 18 months have made it difficult to undertake presentations in person, so it is hoped that these short videos will assist until we can host a fully live event.

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13th September 2022

Due to a rail strike taking place on the scheduled date of the TRICS User Meeting in London, Tuesday 27th September 2022, we have taken the decision to reschedule our event for Tuesday 29th November 2022.

Our attendees travel to our events from all parts of the UK and Ireland, so with rail services seriously disrupted on the day would have meant that many people would not have been able to attend the first TRICS event we have held since 2019. Therefore, it was an easy decision to make. The venue have been generous to us in agreeing to switch the date of the event. However, the event will definitely be taking place on the rescheduled date, with our contract stating that it cannot be postponed any further.

Interest in this year’s event has been great, with over 100 people currently booked to attend, moving us close to the venue’s capacity. We will of course continue to accept bookings via www.trics.org up until the point when we reach full capacity, so if you are interested in attending please get your bookings in soon. For all those who have already booked a place, we will be in touch directly by email to ask if places on the 29th of November are still required, so that we can keep our records up to date. If any booked attendees cannot make the revised date, there will be the opportunity to pass the booking on to a colleague, so in such cases we will require the replacement attendee’s details. Booked attendees do not need to do anything else; they should just wait for our imminent email to come through and then respond accordingly.

Unfortunately, this situation is completely out of our control, and we thank you for your understanding and apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. We are determined to deliver an excellent 2022 TRICS User Meeting, the first gathering of the TRICS Community for three years, and we look forward to both of our annual events also taking place in 2023.

19th August 2022

Please note that the deadline for requests for new TRICS Standardised Assessment Methodology (SAM) surveys to take place in the Autumn 2022 survey window is noon on 9th September 2022.

After this deadline, no new requests for SAM surveys to take place in 2022 will be accepted, with the next available survey window commencing in March 2023. We will not be able to make any exceptions to this, as 2022 has been another extremely busy year for TRICS SAM survey commissions. Our data collection contractors require reasonable lead times to prepare for commissioned surveys, especially those which require significant resources and enumerators, and the TRICS team also need to be able to plan our site visits and production of survey specifications to a workable timescale. Also, please note that any new surveys that are requested close to the deadline will require swift turnarounds in terms of the signing of survey agreements and, subsequently, authorisation to proceed with surveys (including the submission of purchase orders), to ensure that surveys can take place within the Autumn window, and avoiding surveys having to be postponed until 2023 (with site visit fees charged to clients as a result).

The TRICS team will, as always, do whatever we can to accommodate our clients’ requests for SAM surveys to assist in the monitoring of travel plans for a range of developments. This is an important part of the work that we do, and we are in the process of delivering many sets of results to our clients from surveys undertaken in the Spring window, and this is something that will continue right through until the end of this year.

11th April 2022

The deadline for the commissioning of new TRICS SAM (Standardised Assessment Methodology) surveys to take place in the remainder of the 2022 Spring survey window is noon on Thursday 14th April 2022.

Please note that after this deadline, any requests for SAM surveys will be for surveys that are to take place in our Autumn survey window, which will run from September, when the schools return from their Summer holidays, until the end of November.

Our TRICS-approved data collection contractors require a reasonable amount of lead time to prepare for our surveys, as does the TRICS team, so we need to put these deadlines in place to ensure that the two data collection windows remain viable and that we deliver all of the commissioned surveys in a reasonable timeframe.

29th September 2021

TRICS Consortium Limited are very pleased to inform all members of the TRICS Community that we have decided to freeze our annual licence fees for the third year in a row.

As our industry emerges and begins to recover from a difficult couple of years, we have seen use of TRICS increase to record levels, with 2021 also being an incredibly busy year for client-commissioned TRICS SAM surveys. We recognise that times have been hard for many within our community, and so we want to recognise this by not increasing the licence fees for use of TRICS in 2022, which we hope will encourage further use of the system and engagement in its development from our users. The only fees that will see a modest increase in 2022 are for use of the Bureau Service, to cover inflation and the increasing amount of work undertaken by our team. This of course means that obtaining a full TRICS licence becomes a more cost effective option in the longer term (an option that many of our Bureau Service users have taken up over the years).

The current 2021 TRICS licence fees are shown here http://www.trics.org/membership.aspx, so you will see no changes to these as we move through 2022.

There are many things to look forward to in 2022, including the long awaited return of our annual User Meeting in London and our Training & Development Forum at a regional location (watch this space for announcements), and the development of TRICS 8, which was put on hold in 2021 due to the need to get our full data collection programme back up and running (and also due to the unusually high demand for SAM surveys that were put on hold by clients last year, which have dominated proceedings in recent months). We are also looking to add a new member to the TRICS team, so that we can hit the ground running in 2022 and successfully deliver all elements of the project, including a bigger regional data collection programme across all parts of the UK and Ireland.

As always, we look forward to working with you all and to receiving your much valued feedback and ideas, as we move towards what will be a very important year.

2nd September 2021

2021 has seen a high demand for commissioned TRICS SAM surveys. It has been good to get this process back up and running following the suspension of surveys in 2020, with many surveys having taken place, and numerous requests for surveys in the autumn window continuing to come through to the TRICS team.

Please note that the deadline for new TRICS SAM survey commissions for the Autumn 2021 window is noon on Friday 24th September 2021. After this date, any new surveys will need to be added to the Spring 2022 window which commences next March. The TRICS team have been working hard to accommodate client requests for commissioned surveys in what continues to be a very busy year, but we have to allow reasonable lead time for our TRICS-approved data collection contractors, especially for more complex and resource-intensive survey sites.

All SAM survey clients should also be aware that any new surveys added to our current list prior to the 24th of September deadline will need to move swiftly through all stages, including the signing of survey agreements and the authorisation of surveys (including the raising of purchase orders) once our quotes have been provided, to ensure that the surveys can take place in the remaining timeframe of the Autumn window. Any significant delays through the process will mean that it is likely that surveys will need to be moved to the Spring 2022 window or removed from our records.

We look forward to continuing to work with all of our TRICS SAM survey clients through this year and into the next.

21st July 2021

Having had internal discussions, TRICS Consortium Limited has taken the decision to cancel the 2021 TRICS User Meeting, which was due to be held in Central London on 28th September.

We did have the option of holding the event with social distancing measures and reduced capacity restricting it, and this was followed by an offer of the meeting being a “pilot event” without these restrictions in place, but having discussed this all in more detail we made the decision to fully cancel the event, as we deemed conditions to be too risky given the rapidly increasing coronavirus cases in the UK and the uncertainty this would bring. Add to this the fact that we were getting closer to the event’s date (just over two months away at the time of us making this decision), and the fact that a significant number of people may not have been comfortable about travelling in and out of Central London at peaks times in such conditions, and in the end we felt it was a practical and sensible decision to make. It should also be noted that some commentators have been talking of the possibility of the current increase in coronavirus cases going on until possibly September. We also feel that any online version of our events just wouldn’t work the same way, as we get so much from the interactions between attendees in addition to providing the presentations, so we would rather wait a bit longer and then get back to our events the way they should be when the time is right.

Moving forwards, we fully intend to resume our annual Spring and Autumn events, but we have decided that we will only proceed with them once everything has come under control in the UK. We shall only recommence planning our events once we are as sure as we can be that we would not need to postpone them again, so for the time being we shall go into 2022 and assess things in the first instance at that point, with a view to one or both events taking place next year, without being committed to any timescales as things currently stand. We will of course continue to update everyone as to how things progress.

We are all disappointed that we have had to cancel our event, but we are looking forward to better times and at last resuming our regular gatherings of the TRICS Community that provide so much great value and feedback.