Collaborative Partnership Study
Bishop Grosseteste University (BGU) commissioned Globe to undertake a study to explore the feasibility and design of a University Collaborative Partnership Office to extend the scope of its existing partnership and placement activity, and respond to the University’s increasing range of subject choices and research specialisms. The brief required solutions that would allow expansion to take place without prejudice to the existing strength and quality of teaching placements, whilst being ‘smart and automated’, ‘lean service’ in design, and flexible and agile. The timescale for the study was tightly defined to fit with the University budget cycle.
Globe assembled and led a team that included SkillsReach and CulturePartners in order to provide a sufficiently broad range of skills and experience. Working closely with the senior academic team and reporting to Prof. David Rae the Executive Dean: Research & Knowledge Exchange, we conducted a three stage study. The work was progressed incrementally thorough a scoping stage which was informed by interviews and discussions with the majority of senior academic and administrative staff, to a detailed implementation plan supported by case studies, person specifications and a delivery timetable. Our proposed delivery models were tested throughout the study with the academic team. This allowed us to achieve a high degree of consensus and ownership, despite Globe’s recommendations moving away from some of the assumptions and previous work completed by third parties that had informed Study brief.
The Study Report and supporting material was presented to the University Vice-Chancellor and the Academic Leadership Team and resulted in our recommendations being adopted in full. We subsequently attended the first of the project’s implementation Steering Group meetings to help initiate the process and answer any remaining questions. We remain in contact with Prof. Rae and wish BGU every success with their expansion and increasing research activity.