Managing Change

Welcome to the Managing Change in Higher Education Professional Network.

The Managing Change in Higher Education AUA Network was formed in July 2008 in response to an identified need from research conducted between 2003 and 2007 into how middle managers manage change in English universities. The middle managers in the research recognised that managing change in the sector was complex, problematic and primarily was part of their every day work.

 

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Managing Change Coordinator

Christopher Sarchet FAUA, London Metropolitan University

Kathy Fowler FAUA, University of Aberdeen (Management Committee)

Val White MAUA, University of Edinburgh (Management Committee)

Nicola Haywood-Alexander, Sheffield Hallam University (Management Committee)

 

About

Middle Managers are literally ‘caught in the middle’ between senior management and a diverse grouping of stakeholders and have to operate in very public arenas. They are asked to effect change with limited resources primarily relying on their experience and are asked to achieve it at ever increasing speed!

The majority of those interviewed realized that communication was paradoxically the answer and the problem. They said that they would welcome practice based assistance from their colleagues on the projects that they were facing (and this to include advice from failed projects with lessons learnt) and ideally have access to a network of experienced professionals in the sector. The profession of management was still considered to be in its infancy in the sector.

The Managing Change in Higher Education Special Interest Group seeks to improve professional practice by:

  • Hosting an annual Managing Change Open Forum in London in July each year (every year since 2010)
  • Providing working sessions to AUA conferences reviewing experience and providing practical advice
  • Publishing Good Practice Guides based upon experience of achieving change in higher education (eg Good Practice Guide 36 Communication Good Practice Guide)
  • Providing networking and support opportunities for colleagues (the mailing list for members and http://www.changinguniversities.com)


The plan for 2012 to 2015 seeks to build on these achievements and:

  • Host annual Managing Change Open Forum in London in July each year
  • Providing working sessions to AUA conferences reviewing experience and providing practical advice
  • To produce at least 2 more Good Practice Guides – on Structural Change and Process Change
  • Further develop and enhance the networking and support opportunities for colleagues (the mailing list for members and www.changinguniversities.com)

The longer term plan involves developing an international perspective.

 

Events

Managing Change in Higher Education Open Forum

Date: 5 July 2013
Location: London Metropolitan University

This event has now finished. A summary of the event will be available shortly.

Presentations for the event can be found on our Event Presentations page.

 

Membership

Membership is currently approximately 205.   

The Network is managed by the Network Management Committee and administered by the Coordinator.

To join the Managing Change in Higher Education Professional Network please email the AUA.