Launching the Participative Process Review (PPR) tool kit sector wide

We are delighted to announce the launch of the new Participative Process Review Tool Kit , a collaborative endeavour with the Leadership Foundation in Higher Education through its Innovation and Transformation scheme.

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This toolkit has been specifically designed to enable staff groups to facilitate their own Participative Process Reviews. The first section provides advice on how to approach what we see as true participation, which has been validated through our research giving you an indication of the direct and indirect benefits you may gain for your own organisation.

The second part of the tool kit contains all the materials to deliver and evaluate your workshop. This includes powerpoint presentation with facilitator observation notes and delegate handouts.

All are designed to be customised by you to fit your circumstances. The third section provides a quick overview of the 6 key stages involved in carrying out a process review.

After undertaking workshops in seven different HEIs (including 17 at Oxford Brookes), the PPR project team produced a report of the findings and eight case studies. The project found that performing process reviews can result in significant efficiency savings for teams and that the participatory nature of a PPR brought teams closer together and highlighted issues that might otherwise have been overlooked.

 We are  indebted to our collaborative partners SUMS Consulting and Belanda Consulting together with the 6 other Universities who participated in the trial.


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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