Change projects

Events

Change Academy 2017

Change Academy 2017 ran over 4 days in January.

This was attended by approximately 160 participants who were supported to undertake process reviews during the week and could access training and development opportunities to assist them with technical and personal skills to facilitate this. Participants were also inspired by keynote talks and encouraged to see process review and change as part of their working lines and remits.

The report of the event as submitted to the Process Change Portfolio Board can be seen here: Change Academy Report 2017

Change Academy 2016

Change Academy 2016 successfully took place on Wednesday 13 January and Thursday 14 January 2016 at Burleigh Court.

Over 80 people attended, with three topics being the main focus:

  • Assess my coursework and provide me with feedback
  • Let me agree my working hours and be paid
  • Support me in obtaining, manaing and completing a research project

Full report available here: Change Academy Report 2016

Change Academy 2015

Change Academy 2015 was held on 20 and 21 January 2015. This was the second annual event and brought together around 70 people from across the University covering both academic schools and professional services.

The event gave participants the opportunity to think about managing and implementing change while working on a specific project. The focus of the projects was on process improvement using the methodology adopted by the Change Team over the last twelve months. During the event people spent half a day going out undertaking a “follow” of current process. This proved both enjoyable and informative and involved many more people in the University.

The event was very much a part of implementing the University’s strategic aim to:

 “enhance our effectiveness and minimise the barriers to achieving our aspirations”.

 The groups covered the following projects (using a definition from a customer’s perspective):

  1. Make me a student
  2. Buy me a ticket for my business trip
  3. Solve my facility problem / I want a small facility project doing
  4. Help me to manage my disability, long term health condition or emotional concern (so that I can reach my academic potential)
  5. Support my academic and personal development as a PGR student
  6. Tell me what PGT bursaries/scholarships I will be awarded and deduct this amount from my tuition fee balance

Change Academy is a great way of involving people in discussion of projects and getting a wider input in a time-effective way to projects. It is also an opportunity to share the process change methodology and to start to get people to think about its applicability in their own areas.

Key positives (and people were very positive) in the feedback received from delegates:

  • Getting hands on experience of the methodology through the “follow” and the mapping.
  • Great networking opportunity and good team spirit.
  • Excellent speakers.
  • Ability to focus on a project without distractions.
  • Appreciation for the quality of the facilitation.

Change Academy 2014

Facilitated by the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education, Loughborough University held a Change Academy on campus from 21-23 January, 2014. Over 50 members of University staff and students worked together on seven projects:
  • Ensuring Effective and Efficient IT Support for Schools
  • Changing the way we work to support two campuses
  • Getting the right catering provision in the right places for staff and students
  • Optimising the Resourcing of  Modules and Programmes
  • Investing in Staff – Developing our Technicians
  • Increasing and diversifying income to the University
  • Central Procurement: Changing the Culture & Challenging Misconceptions

Further details on some of these projects can be found by visiting the Our Work pages.

Change Academy Summary Report on the Change Academy held at Loughborough in January 2014 is also available.

What is a Change Academy?

Change Academy is “based on a belief in working with organisational complexity in a sustainable way, in the sense of delivering change in the immediate context, but at the same time building potential for change-ability in individuals, institutions and the sector as a whole.” The process also ensures better engagement with change rather than a model run in some institutions of a change team “doing change to people” rather than early engagement leading to change being embedded.

Nationally organised by the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education, Change Academies bring together teams for a residential during which there will be the opportunity to reflect on managing change, to use different techniques and tools to develop ideas and implementation plans and to bring in expertise from other teams and from experts supporting the academy. The end result is not only a well thought out implementation plan for a project but the development of teams and individuals who then become agents for change in the institution.

The benefits of taking this approach are:

  • an ability to move ahead on a number of projects at the same time, building change capacity as we need it and not having it as a central cost there all the time;
  • getting the right people and a range of people involved;
  • visible recognition that we need to properly allocate time and resource if change is to be successful;
  • building leadership in the institution through involvement of team leaders;
  • building change capacity in the institution through team members as change agents.