The Process Champions network celebrated its first year by showcasing some of the outstanding contributions Champions have made across the University. Of particular note, were the following:

  • Research Support Forms – A real collaborative effort to help users with some of the key forms used in the research grant application process. Champions: Steve Chilcott, Ali Evans, Lizzie Hope, Dace Rozenberga
  • PhD Confirmation Process – Bringing together a number of activities for a key stage in a PGR student’s lifecycle. Champion: Sarah Ibbitson
  • IMI Systems Related to Commercial Research Associates – Standardising the administrative processes for the IMI team, where they take on short-term projects to solve problems for industry and academic colleagues. Champions: Rachel Willis and Lorna Wilson
  • Academic Staff Committee (Promotions Process) – Re-designed how the meetings work and save time for the Committee and the Heads of Department involved. Champions: Deborah Griffin and Fiona Blackmore

Each of the above Champions received an award from Steve Egan, Vice-President (Implementation). The process work is not restricted to just these areas, but they do illustrate the wide breadth of areas being worked on. There are plenty more in the pipeline.

Steve set the scene of how the Process Champions and the process work headed by Mark Ricketts, Director of Process Improvement, fits in the strategic context. Steve explained how the process improvement work had developed out of the feedback from the Staff Survey. The work has been prioritising the biggest process areas of dissatisfaction highlighted by staff, alongside supporting the University’s strategic priorities.

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