#LTHEchat 167: Strategies for Institutional Change with @beckmccarter

#LTHEChat 167: Strategies for Institutional Change


Driven by growth opportunities, market forces, competitor pressure and technological innovation, the pace and scale of change in the higher education sector today is unprecedented. The frequency with which new strategies, structures, policies, processes and tools are launched and their resulting impact on our work poses genuine risks to our health and wellbeing; stress related illness has reached epidemic levels (Morrish, 2019) with many colleagues adopting survival mode simply to ‘get through’ the change. However, the underlying drivers of change are not static, rendering change a continual process and so more sustainable approaches are required.

As a tandem consideration, the distinctiveness of our HE institutions mean it is often inappropriate to directly ‘lift and shift’ theories and frameworks for managing organisational change from the corporate sphere (Allen, 2003). There is a clear need to take ownership of change initiatives if we are to preserve these valuable unique features as we work to assure the future of our sector.

In this tweetchat we will share experiences of institutional change initiatives, explore some of the reasons for their success and what we can learn from them and do to create desirable change that enables us to survive and thrive in these challenging times.


Allen, DK (2003), ‘Organisational Climate and Strategic Change in Higher Education: Organisational Insecurity’, Higher Education, 1, p.61

Education, 1, p. 61

Morrish, L (2019), ‘Pressure Vessels: The epidemic of poor mental health among higher education satff’, HEPI Occasional Paper 20, Retrieved from https://www.hepi.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/HEPI-Pressure-Vessels-Occasional-Paper-20.pdf


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Beck McCarter @beckmccarter is an independent consultant, educational developer and Senior Fellow of the HEA. She’s worked in partnership with a wide range of people and organisations to successfully implement learning and teaching enhancement initiatives and was part of the team awarded a Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence in 2017. She has a particular interest in the use of empowering pedagogies to tackle structural inequalities in education and has been tilting at windmills since before records began.

About Dawne. @belld17

Dawne Irving-Bell, PhD, is a Senior Lecturer in Teaching and Learning development within the Centre for Learning and Teaching at Edge Hill University. She has extensive experience of working in secondary, further and Higher Education settings and is a member of The Centre for Higher Education Research and Evaluation at Lancaster University. Dawne’s research interests include the formation of learner identity and pedagogical approaches to learning and teaching with a particular focus on STEM subject disciplines. She also enjoys lecturing on visual thinking and advocates for technology and design education. Dawne is a member of The Staff and Educational Development Association’s (SEDA) Conference and Events Committee, and was recently invited to join the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning’s (ISSOTL) Narrative Inquiry Collaborative Writing Group. Dawne is the Network Lead for the AdvanceHE Connect Social Media for Learning Group, and is currently co-chair for The Social Media for Learning in Higher Education Conference. Dawne is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (PFHEA) and leads on the University’s Graduate Teaching Assistant Teaching in Higher Education Programme, and the Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education Developing Practice through Pedagogic Research Module. In her current position Dawne chairs institutional enquiries and leads on university-wide strategies to enhance the student learning experience, including Personal Tutoring and Induction and Transitions.
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1 Response to #LTHEchat 167: Strategies for Institutional Change with @beckmccarter

  1. Pingback: DA3 – Social Media for Learning – LTHE TweetChat – 19 Feb 2020 – Kelise Franclemont – UAL

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