Project Enable

Project Enable is one the of six enabling projects initiated following the ratification of the new University Strategy by Council in March 2022. Directed by the Chief Operating Officer, and led by a Project Manager, Project Enable will play a central role as the University embarks on its next strategic cycle through to 2030.

Project Aims

  • To reduce administrative burdens for both academic and Professional Services staff, creating space and a mature approach to risk tolerance.
  • To improve the wellbeing and work-life balance of staff, relating to workload pressure.
  • To create more time for staff to pursue value-add activities, including research and innovation endeavours, whilst maintaining the student experience.
  • To reduce net workload across the University, not to move work between structure.
  • To empower colleagues to take appropriate, effective actions to deliver priorities, ensuring appropriate accountability.

Testimonials from Senior Stakeholders

Project Enable is an exciting opportunity for us to challenge and question how we approach our activities, processes and ways of working, ensuring that we can realise our strategic ambitions by working effectively and collaboratively on the things that matter most to us as the Loughborough University community.

Prof. Nick Jennings Vice Chancellor and President

Project Enable is a critical component of being able to successfully deliver our Strategy. The changes it makes are informed through gaining knowledge of our processes and how work manifests with colleagues, both in terms of our processes and our culture, ensuring we take collective responsibility to shape and make change.

Richard Taylor Chief Operating Officer

Project Governance

Name Job Role Project Role/ Representing 
Richard Taylor Chief Operating Officer Project Director
Prof. Chris Linton  Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor  
Ffyona Baker  Deputy Chief Operating Officer  
Miranda Routledge  Director of Strategic Planning  
Prof. Claudia Eberlein  Dean of the School of Science  
Prof. Lauren Sherar  Associate Dean for Education and Student Experience in the School of Sport, Exercise, and Health Sciences  
Prof. Peter Kawalek Professor of Information Management in Loughborough Business School  
Prof. Patrick Waterson Professor of Human Factors and Complex Systems in the School of Design and Creative Arts  
Tom Carslake Head of Operations for the School of Aeronautical, Automotive, Chemical, and Materials Engineering  
James Badger  Graduate Management Trainee Project Manager


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