The Innovation and Transformation Fund (ITF), supported by the Leadership Foundation and Hefce, stimulates projects to unlock and share good practice in order to advance efficiency and transformation across the higher education sector.
ITF round 1
A number of Innovation and Transformation projects stimulated by the Diamond Review were carried out during 2012-14. These included the Efficiency Exchange, HEPA, the PMA service and the Strategic Sourcing Toolkit.
ITF round 2
A second round of projects focusing on workforce change was initiated in 2014. The projects supported by this programme are designed to bring about transformational change and are supporting a second phase of work on efficiency and effectiveness in higher education, led by Professor Sir Ian Diamond.
ITF round 2 - workforce change projects
- Five enhancements to help universities evidence the benefits of changePosted 23 January 2017Following 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.
- Balancing the needs of managers and planners in a performance planning frameworkPosted 15 September 2016When the University of Lincoln considered their current performance management processes through the eyes of their academic managers, it provided valuable insights. Liz Lacey explains how blending two different approaches helped to inform a review of the way performance planning is carried out by academic leads.
- Is the diversity of terminology used by HE change practitioners diluting our shared goals?Posted 28 June 2016A sector-wide survey was launched in April by the University of Strathclyde's Business Improvement Team to capture feedback on how its Guide to Evidencing the Benefits of Business Process Improvement in Higher Education has enhanced their delivery of change initiatives and how the guide could be improved. Nicola Cairns shares her insight into some of the survey findings.
- Evidencing the benefits of business process improvement – what do you think?Posted 18 April 2016Following the success of its guide to evidencing the benefits of business process improvement projects in higher education, the University of Strathclyde wants to develop the guide to make it even better. In this blogpost, Dr Nicola Cairns introduces a survey that will help to make the guide a valuable tool for use across the sector.
- Academic Career Frameworks: making the changePosted 21 January 2016Bournemouth University’s new career frameworks for academics are the subject of a longitudinal study funded by the Innovation and Transformation Fund. In this blogpost Matthew Bennett highlights some of the learning gathered to date.
- Academic Futures: a new career route for postgraduate students?Posted 7 December 2015The University of Lincoln is developing a programme to tackle the lack of professional development schemes tailored to the needs of postgraduate students interested in an academic career. Rebecca Sanderson explains the project funded by the Innovation and Transformation Fund that explores how to provide postgraduate students with more effective career development opportunities.
- How Participative Process Reviews can nurture conversations and deliver efficienciesPosted 9 November 2015After taking part in workshops run by the Oxford Centre for Staff and Learning Development, teams in Oxford Brookes University have changed their practices to make them less complicated, more streamlined and more cost effective. As part of a series of posts by the nine ITF-funded projects, Ian Whiting explains the aims of the Participative Process Review programme.
- Are students at the heart of our processes?Posted 2 November 2015The University of Leicester has developed an approach to engaging senior leaders with the student experience. In the latest of our blogs from the nine Innovation and Transformation Fund projects, Claire King writes that the university believes it can provide valuable insight for institutions looking to develop similar approaches.
- Developing the next generation of researchers and academicsPosted 26 October 2015When developing guidance on good practice to inform staff development, Brunel University asked academic and research leaders to reflect on their own experiences early on in their career. As part of a series of posts by the nine ITF-funded projects, Fiona Denney explains the work.
- Engagement driven approach to process improvementPosted 19 October 2015When University of Hertfordshire staff were invited to review a frustrating process to change a key academic document, the energy generated by the engagement process was channelled into something positive. Gill Sadler explains how this engagement-driven approach is being embedded in the university’s process improvement work.
- People, process and performance – a model for change in HE?Posted 21 September 2015A 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 (ITF). The Alliance’s Chris Drew provides the first in a series of posts by the nine ITF-funded projects.
- Guide to evidencing the benefits of business process improvement launchedPosted 29 July 2015A 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.
- Universities failing to evidence the benefits of business improvement, survey revealsPosted 15 May 2015A recent survey by the University of Strathclyde reveals that universities are not successfully evidencing the benefits of business process improvement. Strathclyde's Heather Lawrence introduces the findings of the research.
- How do you demonstrate the success of efficiency projects?Posted 5 February 2015The University of Strathclyde is gathering information about how higher education practitioners demonstrate the success of their business improvement projects. The university’s business improvement manager Heather Lawrence explains how you can help.
- Nine projects to create ‘transformational change’ funded by LFHEPosted 16 December 2014Nine universities across the UK have won funding from the Leadership Foundation for projects designed to bring about transformational change in higher education.
- Open Course in Technology Enhanced Learning (ocTEL) enrolment starts 28 AprilPosted 24 April 2014The 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.
- Strategic Sourcing in Higher Education – SurveyPosted 10 June 2013Senior managers involved in strategic sourcing decisions within UK higher education institutions are invited to participate in a HEFCE and Leadership Foundation funded research project. This will be of interest to vice chancellors, chief finance officers, finance directors and heads of procurement.
- Universities – the ‘intelligent customers’ of the futurePosted 8 May 2013Higher education institutions should develop their own approach to becoming ‘intelligent customers’ of suppliers, which will involve investment in new skills, changes in culture and raising the profile of procurement and supply professionals. So says Dr Dharm Kapletia of Bristol Business School, University of the West of England (UWE) who wants to hear about the […]
- ITF – update on funded projectsPosted 15 April 2013The nine projects funded under the joint HEFCE/Leadership Foundation Innovation and Transformation Fund (ITF) – including the Efficiency Exchange – are making good progress in delivering new resources and effective ways of working in UK higher education.