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Copy of Initiative: University of Wolverhampton

Page history last edited by Beverley Fielding 7 years, 3 months ago
Lead institution
University of Wolverhampton 
Name of initiative Wi4BCE - Wolverhampton infrastructure for Business and Community Engagement 
November 2011 - April 2013 
Not Applicable 
Contacts/contact details

Dr Alison Felce  A.E.Felce@wlv.ac.uk 

Beverley Fielding Beverley.Fielding@wlv.ac.uk

JISC Transformations; Strand C, Enhanced Organisational Capability for Business and Community Engagement.
Identified need / issue /opportunity
The University of Wolverhampton currently engages with Business and the Community through a range of activities in line with its mission statement. These activities provide opportunities to develop academic partnerships with employers for workforce development, such as negotiated work-based learning and the accreditation of employer-based training which are currently only a small part of the University’s portfolio.
  • To share and disseminate best practice amongst School and Corporate Service departments to simplify business and community engagement processes
  • Evaluate the existing systems and processes to establish and implement areas for improvement
  • To achieve improved and effective communication channels across the Schools and Corporate Service departments of the University 
Brief description and what success will look like
By undertaking an analysis of our existing practice, identifying and filling the gaps and sharing this across and between the University BCE and internal networks will we ensure that we have a coherent and cohesive approach to the future direction of the business through which we can readily offer appropriate workforce development opportunities that are speedy, responsive, flexibleand quality assured and, most importantly, that can meet the needs of the employers and learners.  
Areas of the toolkit used
Work Based Learning Toolkit: Section 1:1 of the toolkit was used to assess where we are as a University in readiness for Work-based Learning.
Initiatives/activities to align with (internal/external)

(External) Revised QAA Quality Code, Chapter B10 Collaborative Arrangement

(Internal) Collaborative Process Review

Potential barriers/risks

Current sprimarily set up to deal







Key roles in your institution to engage with Stakeholders within the University of Wolverhampton; Academic Staff, Corporate Service staff, Pro-Vice Chancellor (Research and Enterprise)


Project news/updates


Project news/updates
22/10/2012  Spent time today reflecting on JISC resources and their relevance to our project. Not all of them applicable at the moment. However the subjects some of them cover are relevant and can be drawn upon later as a useful source of information. Examples of this are access management and Customer Relationship Management system implementation.

 The communications strategy is still work in progress. Peter Chatterton, a consultant assisting us on the project created a template to work to.

I have made contact and introduced myself to the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Like us, they are hoping to achieve enhanced organisational capability for business and community engagement through their project. I'm interested in comparing the two projects and hope to get ideas to use on the UoW project and vice-versa.


 Alison and I travelled to Cardiff on Monday 14th January to participate in a CAMEL Group. Luckily for us we were able to make the journey despite the snow! 
I gave a presentation on how the toolkit assisted with our project and offered feedback on how it can be improved.

In our opinion we thought the toolkit was most helpful when used as a primary resource as it helped in identifying the gap between where we want to be and where we are as an institution in providing work-based learning opportunities. As well as assisting us in asking the relevant questions of ourselves and our systems and processes.





Lessons learnt - the process of using the toolkit
Lessons learnt- relating to your project and WBL  
Impact of the project
How the project can be sustained and embedded
How the toolkit can be improved Potentially we thought the toolkit contains too much information. Is any of the information duplicated or could the information be condensed?



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