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New classrooms for a new curriculum

As classrooms become more connected through students' use of their own devices in lectures and seminars, universities are responding in exciting ways. Gunter Saunders and Federica Oradini describe how the University of Westminister is embracing these changes by transforming their classrooms.

LFHE unveils Innovation and Transformation Fund grant winners

The universities of Edinburgh Napier, Northampton and Strathclyde have been selected by the Leadership Foundation to take part in the 2016 Innovation and Transformation Fund (ITF) round. Each ITF project is worth up to £8,000 and will fund initiatives that unlock and share good practice across the sector.
Fin Miller is a change manager at the University of St Andrews

Fin Miller: making St Andrews leaner and fitter

Developed to cut out waste in car production in post-war Japan, the Lean method has been used at the University of St Andrews for more than a decade. We caught up with St Andrew’s change manager Fin Miller to find out how it works in practice.
Photo: The University of Nottingham

Creating opportunities through collaboration

Last year, Paul Greatrix, registrar at the University of Nottingham wrote about the unique way in which Nottingham and the University of Birmingham work together. A year on, and now celebrating the fifth anniversary of our partnership, his prediction of the emergence of a culture of greater openness and collaboration is bearing out.

Reaching maturity – encouraging more sophisticated procurement through PMAs

Procurement Maturity Assessments (PMAs) provide a comprehensive “health check” for institutions' procurement services. SUPC’s Susan Wright explains how over the past five years PMAs have shown how procurement within universities is becoming increasingly sophisticated.

How you can engage people to evidence the benefits of business improvement projects

Following the launch of last year's guide to evidencing business improvement, the University of Strathclyde's business improvement team are now testing out a business exploration map tool. Nicola Cairns' blog explores how people can be engaged to ensure that the potential benefits that they have identified fully demonstrate the impact of their project.
Dave Hall, chief operating officer at the University of Leicester

Dave Hall: ‘it’s when we work together that we are most effective’

One time army recruit, Dave Hall finds his role as University of Leicester’s chief operating officer radically different to military life. But he says that university professionals can learn a lot from spending time on a different sort of frontline.

A fresh approach to financing campus redevelopment

The University of Hertfordshire’s 2020 Estates Vision signals the university’s development objectives for the future, including enhancing the student experience. The university’s director of estates Andrew May explains the project and how it was financed through a combination of pioneering off balance sheet unwrapped bonds.

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