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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.
Heather Lawrence, University of Strathclyde

Guide to evidencing the benefits of business process improvement launched

A range of ways to maximise the opportunities to evidence benefits of business process improvement are outlined in a guide published by the University of Strathclyde. Heather Lawrence explains more about how it can help higher education staff.

Strategic Sourcing in Higher Education – Survey

Senior managers involved in strategic sourcing decisions within UK higher education institutions are invited to participate in a HEFCE and Leadership Foundation funded research project....

Universities – the ‘intelligent customers’ of the future

Higher education institutions should develop their own approach to becoming ‘intelligent customers’ of suppliers, which will involve investment in new skills, changes in culture...

The P3 Project – People, Performance and Process, Bangor University

A project to bring the questions of people and performance together with lean methodologies has been developed by the Aber-Bangor Strategic Alliance with funding from the Innovation and Transformation Fund.
Heather Lawrence, University of Strathclyde

The cross-cutting themes of the ITF projects

Managers should witness first-hand how processes earmarked for improvement work before agreeing to those changes, Heather Lawrence of the University of Strathclyde's business improvement team writes. Her blogpost, focusing on lessons from the Innovation and Transformation Fund, also advises capturing feedback and communicating findings throughout the projects.

National Academic Workload Management Conference – 12 December 2013

The aim of the conference, sponsored by the Leadership Foundation, is to share Academic Workload Management knowledge and experience with the sector. Several universities, as well as the Leadership Foundation and KPMG, will report on their observations and involvement with the project. UWE will share information and talk about the challenges which the University has faced with its own model and system. Date and timings: Thursday 12 December 2013 – Registration at 09:30 for 10:00 start (UK Local time). Venue: UWE Exhibition and Conference Centre in Bristol.

Open Course in Technology Enhanced Learning (ocTEL) enrolment starts 28 April

The Open Course in Technology Enhanced Learning (ocTEL) is back! Starting on 28 April 2014 you will be able to participate in this free online course designed to help you better understand ways to use Learning Technology for teaching, learning and assessment.

Schools Planning Framework for Academic Leaders

The Schools Planning Framework project funded by the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education, seeks to explore the development of a practical application of a performance management tool, aimed at academic units. The report sets out the findings of the project as a case study based at the University of Lincoln.
Data capture sheet

Five enhancements to help universities evidence the benefits of change

Following publication of their guide to evidencing the benefits of business process improvement in higher education, the business improvement team at the University of Strathclyde have responded to users’ feedback with an updated version. Nicola Cairns shares some new insights gained from collaborating with colleagues across the sector.