The UK higher education sector is a significant success when measured by any criteria for research, student experience and contribution to the economy, and is a major social and economic asset. Strong leadership at all levels plays a key part in ensuring the continuation of that success, alongside effective management practice and efficient use of resources.
Acknowledging the central role of leadership in driving change, in 2012, together with Hefce, we initiated a £1m, UK-wide Innovation and Transformation Fund (ITF) to progress key themes of the first ‘Diamond Report’ on efficiency in higher education, including procurement, shared services (HR, workload allocation model, benchmarking), new digital pedagogies and digital student services. Nine projects were funded and have now concluded.
Sir Ian Diamond was invited by BIS to lead a second phase of work on efficiency and effectiveness in higher education early in 2014, looking particularly at organisational change and development, the higher education workforce, estates and research assets, open data and evidencing efficiency. In 2014-15, further joint investment totalling £500,000 is supporting the sharing of existing effective practice particularly in the leadership, management and development of the higher education workforce. Working in partnership with UUK, UCEA, UHR, Hefce and GuildHE, the Leadership Foundation is leading development of:
A key to the Innovation and Transformation Fund is in unlocking and making best use of good practice.
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Dr Lesly Huxley,
Director, Membership and Organisational Development
M: 07977 457 949