Friday, 25 September 2009


One of the things that our project and I suspect other projects would benefit from are examples of good practice in terms of the institutional processes supporting part-time and flexible delivery in the HE sector. We are told that for example the private sector has something like 90% of the CPD market and that HE are " So slow", but I'm finding it difficult to identify examples within HE of institutions that are considered to have got it right. Should we be looking at the processes being used in the private sector? Is it really just about us reducing the admin burden around institutional processes as suggested at the ALT symposium? As the song says "thier are more questions than answers". So far!

Wednesday, 23 September 2009

Welcome to the UG-Flex Project Blog

Welcome to the UG-Flex Project Blog!

We have created this blog to provide regular updates on the project - our progress, the challenges, what the project team is up to etc.

We want to hear from you too, so please feel free to add your comments and views - it could be anything from what you had for breakfast to sounding off about the latest systems gliche! You might even want to share some good news too.

So, what is "UG-Flex"?

UG-Flex is a JISC funded project based at the University of Greenwich that is working to reveal and enhance the University's curriculum development processes in order to support a more flexible and diverse curriculum underpinned by agile systems.

We know that the University of Greenwich is already flexible and for many years we have run part time, CPD, distance, blended and short courses. The problem is that our current processes, from inception of the idea for a programme or course through to registration and delivery, are shoe-horned into processes that were designed over 10 years ago, when the academic models and student demographic were very different.

UG-Flex is based on the premises that we must become more agile, more efficient and more responsive, and this requires a University-wide understanding of what “flexible” means and slicker systems and processes that can support curricula of a high quality and standard that is trusted and widely used.

To achieve this UG-Flex is working with a range of stakeholders to identify their key requirements.