Nine projects to create ‘transformational change’ funded by LFHE

Nine universities across the UK have won funding from the Leadership Foundation for projects designed to bring about transformational change in higher education.

The £87,173 funding from the Leadership Foundation’s Innovation and Transformation Fund (ITF) will contribute to projects considering new approaches to organisational and performance improvement and a standards framework for academic leadership.

The funding will also fund the creation of case studies, guides and good practice relating to early career researchers, academic career frameworks and academic intern schemes.

This is the second round of projects to be funded under the joint Hefce and Leadership Foundation fund, which was prompted by University UK’s 2011 report into efficiency and effectiveness in higher education, led by Professor Sir Ian Diamond.

The projects are designed to:

  • Equip UK higher education institutions for a period of major transition.

  • Provide energy and momentum to key strategic themes from the Diamond report.

  • Engage with the core academic business of the sector in order to make a real difference.

  • Unlock knowledge and offer evidence of stories of innovation and change that can be applied collaboratively in a competitive environment.

The projects were chosen from 27 original submissions for their clear benefit to the higher education sector as a whole and collaborative approach to enhancing efficiency and encouraging transformational change.

The full list of projects

  • Leicester: “Flattening the hierarchy!” – Bringing the leader to the frontline to identify opportunities for efficiency and effectiveness gains.”

  • Bournemouth: Impact of academic career frameworks: a case study

  • Lincoln: Standards framework for academic leadership

  • Lincoln: Development of an academic intern scheme

  • Strathclyde: Evidencing quantifiable benefits for demand-led business process improvement

  • Hertfordshire: Employee engagement-driven higher education process improvement

  • Brunel: Developing the next generation – Guidance and good practice in the development of early career researchers and academics

  • Bangor: Human performance technology, a tool for higher education in the UK?

  • Oxford Brookes: Evaluation of participative process reviews

For more information on each of these successful ITF projects go to