Making a change from the ground up

Colleagues from across the University are coming together to make a difference in the Student Lifecycle Programme’s (SLP) Change Network.

Activity from the recent Change Conference

SLP Change Conference June 2019

More than 120 people from all departments, Schools and Faculties have volunteered to play an active part in the four-year transformational programme, which aims to enhance the student lifecycle – from enquiry to graduation – through improved systems, processes and ways of working.

The Change Network is a vital link between the SLP and teams in Leeds. There are three change groups – Change Champions (predominantly Student Education Service – SES), Student Champions and the Academic Advisory Group – who will add insight to discussions and make sure their colleagues know what’s happening in the SLP and why.

The groups will meet regularly, focusing on SES, student and academic issues, providing insight, challenge and support for the SLP team to ensure all proposed solutions deliver the very best experience for students and colleagues.

The Academic Advisory group kicked off its first meetings in May, led by dedicated Chair Dr Kelvin Tapley, who will be committing a day and a half a week to supporting the SLP. He will lead a group of academic volunteers from across Leeds to ensure academic requirements are considered in any change to systems, processes and ways of working.

The Change Champion group is open to everyone to join and members will take part in regular workshops, surveys and activities that provide a rich source of expertise and insight for the SLP’s project teams.

Championing the cause

In April, more than 70 Change Champions came together for a half-day of presentations and workshops at the SLP’s first ever Change Conference.

Held at the School of Music, the event covered key updates from the programme plus practical sessions on key projects in the SLP portfolio, including service design, e-marking, early deliverables and Higher Education Statistics Agency Data Futures, as well as an introduction to the Lean Ways of Working initiative being rolled out across the SES.

Speakers included programme sponsor, Professor Tom Ward, Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Student Education, and Director of Student Opportunity, Dr Christina Edgar.

Visit the SLP SharePoint site to view the presentations.

Liz Wilmshurst, SLP Communications Manager, said: “Our Change Network is made up of academics, support staff and students from across the University and they’re already bringing valuable insights to the programme.

“They’re passionate about making a difference and have already helped direct the team’s activities and thinking based on their input at the recent Change Conference.”

Want to sign up to the Change Network? Complete the Change Champion application to take part in the project.

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