York University had invested CA$2.5million in an Academic Innovation Fund (AIF) to support innovation and change intended to advance York’s strategic priorities in relation to teaching, learning and the student experience. The AIF projects were clustered around three strategic themes: eLearning, experiential education and the first year student experience. Provost and vice-president Academic, Professor Rhonda Lenton, led a team from York that participated in a national Change Academy in the UK in 2011-12 with a view to bringing the learning from the Change Academy process back to support the AIF programme. The overarching aim of the process was to increase the sustainability of the AIF projects, and move these on from being ‘interesting’ projects to having sustainable institutional impact (ie making the learning from the projects transferable across the university, with a focus on the process of change as opposed to the content of projects).
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Lesly is Director of Membership and Organisational Development at the Leadership Foundation. She works across the organisation, with our network of national and regional Assistant Directors, Membership and with our 155 member institutions, to ensure delivery of high quality membership benefits and services. Lesly is also lead contact for institutions in the South West of England. She leads on investments for members such as the Small Development Projects and Innovation and Transformation Fund in partnership with other sector bodies such as Hefce, Universities UK, UHR and UCEA.
Lesly also leads on Change Academy, one of our strategic consultancy services, and manages and facilitates our Leadership Development Academy in Ukraine with the British Council and Institute of Higher Education in Kiev.
A doctor of education, Lesly has 30 years’ experience in higher education roles spanning staff development, digital technologies, teaching and research, in the UK and internationally. She is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD and a Fellow of the AUA.
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