LFHE support to disseminate out Participative Process Reviews for the sector

We are pleased to announce that OCSLD has recently been awarded a grant from the Leadership Foundation in Higher Education (LFHE) to help disseminate an innovative team-based format for small localised process reviews, drawing on existing good practice.


We have conducted a range of pilots with teams from academic and professional support services tackling issues such as summer school accommodation bookings, development of new online courses, reading lists, and shared housing damages recovery process. Early results are encouraging with indications that there have been significant efficiency savings, as well as improvements in team working and staff morale.

One of the key aims of the workshop is to equip staff teams with the knowledge and skills to conduct further process reviews on their own.

In co-operation with the LFHEs Innovation and Transformation Fund we aim to create a workshop pack for the staff development community by releasing this through a creative common licence.



 To enable us to achieve this aim we will be looking for three HE partners to trial two workshops at their institution. This will involve a facilitator and researcher coming to an institution to deliver the 1 day workshop to a team who have a need to review a particular process. As we will be reviewing and evaluating the effectiveness PPRs for the Leadership Foundation we will require the teams to assit in our subsequent project evaluation report.

Details about our workshop can be found on our new edition website Participative process reviews.

Costs associated with this initiative will be limited to covering the facilitator and researchers travel and subsistence expenses together with any normal catering arrangements for your own course delegates.

If you are interested in participating with us, please in the first instance contact  Ian Whiting for more details and logistics feasibility.

Available 2015 external Facilitation dates

Thursday 12 February Wednesday 25 February Thursday 12 March
Wednesday 25 March Wednesday 15 April Thursday 23 April



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About the author

Ian Whiting

Ian is a learning and development practitioner experienced in delivering new initiatives into a variety of industry sectors, applying well-honed consultancy skills, project management rigour and general pragmatism. Industry sectors include high-tech engineering (European Aeronautical Defence and Space Company EADS), airlines (British Airways), hotels (Inter-Continental Hotels) data marketing (Claritas), maritime (Sea Containers), Travel (Trailfinders) and multi media contact centres (iSKY Europe). This is combined with experience in organisational development and HR.

At Oxford Brookes, Ian’s interests have led to the development of a variety of business desired target culture (PDF) including the very popular project management programme, introduction to consultancy skills, facilitating change, negotiation skills and the newly introduced participative process reviews. Acting as an internal consultant within the University Ian works with his link areas on a variety of bespoke initiatives aligned to business operational plans, examples include developing a coaching culture and more recently carrying out an all inclusive staff initiative to define their desired target culture which is now a central point of reference to how the Directorate operates.

Practicing what he teaches has seen Ian being seconded to the Senior Management Team here at Oxford Brookes to oversee the implementation of key University initiatives. In 2010/11 Ian was appointed Project Manager overseeing the largest restructure project ever undertaken within the University. In 2012/13 Ian was tasked with setting up and programme managing the “Programme for Enhancing the Student Experience” (PESE) consisting of 12 key University wide projects. In 2013/14 Ian initiated the University’s Virtual Project Office (plus) to provide a range of services to support a co-ordinated approach to project management.

Ian has an MA in Human Resource Management, is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, ILM Certificated Coach and an MBTI practitioner.

Ian also represents OCSLD on the Midland Staff Development Partnership panel and is the key University contact for the Association of Project Management (APM).

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