In April Globe was commissioned by the Executive Dean for Research and Knowledge Exchange at Bishop Grosseteste University to undertake a detailed study and implementation plan for a Collaborative Partnership Office. Working closely with colleagues from SkillsReach and Culture Partners, I led a study process that had to be both independent and reflective of existing requirements and practices.
Partnerships and student placements are an important part of BGU’s existing activity but to achieve the University’s ambitions for future growth a cross-university model was required to develop a wider and more sustainable approach to placements and essentially to increase and diversify collaborative partnership activity.
Delivered within an eight week window, the Study was informed by around 20 interviews with senior academic and management staff and developed a functional model of the requirements of BGU, in relation to its customers and clients. The final recommendations from the Study, which represented a departure from both existing and previously proposed structures, aim to provide BGU with a highly focused customer service function working directly alongside a proactive facilitation of collaborative partnerships.
Both the recommendations and the underpinning logic model within the Study were thoroughly tested when I made the final presentation to the Vice Chancellor and his senior leadership team. The result was the Study report being accepted in full.
Presenting to senior academic staff is always slightly nerveracking because so much of their time is spent assessing the logic and accuracy of both their own work as well as that of others, so I was very pleased that the work we had undertaken not only stood up to being tested but was welcomed by the University’s leaders. I’m looking forward to further collaborations with SkillsReach and Culture Partners as it proved to be a really effective team, and hope to have some involvement in the implementation process as BGU progress the Study’s recommendations.