The latest insights on narrative, storytelling and leadership in higher education.

Category: Case Studies

London Metropolitan University: Bringing the Social Professions Together online

  One of the best parts is that colleagues are fully-focused on the sessions. Working online really helps us build wholehearted trust in our team to work for the good of the students.” Kelly Cooper Head of School of Social Professions London Metropolitan University Leaders began to experiment with new approaches to working remotely, and with generating solutions to make…

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aligning strategy with narrative

UWE Bristol: Aligning narrative with strategy

  We were looking for new perspectives of how we as a department could go forward in the future to meet the wider University strategy. Invisible Grail opened up the conversation, made sure collaboration and equality were central to the process and created materials we’ve been able to use and share with colleagues across the University.” Dr Peter Clegg Head…

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University College Birmingham: Designing the future of corporate services

  Working with Invisible Grail we were able to take people to a space where we could explore their unique leadership approach, grow their confidence and apply this to imagining and creating the future of corporate services for the University.” Michael Harkin Vice-Chancellor and Principal University College Birmingham Taking place over twelve months, Invisible Grail worked alongside University College Birmingham’s…

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Sheffield Hallam University case study

Sheffield Hallam University: Working in partnership to develop the University’s Teaching Excellence narrative

  In partnering with Invisible Grail, Sheffield Hallam University was looking for a fresh, external, perspective to serve as a guide in preparing for future TEF submissions. One of the University’s key objectives was to identify core themes for their TEF narrative and identify timescales and priorities in responding to the TEF. ⤹ What happened ⤹ What’s been the outcome?…

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University of Edinburgh: Curating our narrative

  This programme gave us a moment to recognise our commonality with one another and to use this to create a shared narrative for the future of our School. In working with Invisible Grail, we were able to tap into our creativity and find an innovative way to express our identity in ways we couldn’t have imagined when we first…

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University of Derby: Student Experience Leadership Challenge

We set out to strengthen our team culture and to nurture an ongoing commitment to share ideas and our individual expertise to achieve our ultimate purpose – to enhance the student experience. It was vital to get the tone right and we achieved this working with Invisible Grail. I’m proud of my team, their commitment to the programme and continuing…

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University of Hong Kong: building a distributed leadership culture

Over the last two years, Paul Gentle has been working with the Faculty of Science at the University of Hong Kong to help build an informal leadership team spanning academic departments and professional services. During the first six months, 15 senior colleagues established themselves as a group of current and future leaders in the Faculty. They learned how to work…

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Case Study: Building a senior leadership community

“This is something very different from a training course. We’ve shared something of ourselves, gained new insights into our colleagues and thought about how to communicate our new Strategy. It was hard work laced with fun!”   Professor Jane Longmore Vice-Chancellor, University of Chichester     When Jane arrived as the University’s new Vice-Chancellor in May 2017, she was determined that…

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