1st Edition

Delivering Educational Change in Higher Education A Transformative Approach for Leaders and Practitioners

Edited By Jackie Potter, Cristina Devecchi Copyright 2020
    226 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    226 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Presenting leadership of educational change in higher education as a dynamic, collaborative, and evolving area, Delivering Educational Change in Higher Education provides rich examples of how new ways of working are being adopted and adapted. It brings together leaders and practitioners, as authors and readers, to share their experiences of whole organisational change.

    Across the chapters, common threads highlight the importance of organisational context, of shared or distributed leadership, and the critical need for continuous learning in and on action by reflective readers. Linking case studies to a range of practical models and theories, this book:

    • Explores established paradigms and models of change management and leadership.
    • Offers examples from a diverse range of institutional contexts.
    • Models critical reflective practice in the leadership of educational change.
    • Addresses the future of educational developers working collaboratively with an increasingly diverse higher education workforce.

    Providing rare insights into ‘the what’ and ‘the how’ of change management and leadership, this book will be of interest to senior managers, educators, programme leaders, and educational developers who are all working in collaborative ways to enact positive change for student learning and experience.

    List of illustrations




    Part I Current Context of Leading Educational Change in Higher Education

    1 A tailored undertaking: the challenge of context and culture for developing transformational leadership and change agency Steve Outram and Doug Parkin

    Reader’s response Patrick Crookes

    2 Leading change: what went right and what went wrong Maureen Snow Andrade

    Reader’s response Ilario Savi

    3 Overcoming ‘change without change’ – co-creation, creativity and sustainable change Mary Bishop, Paul Gentle and Doug Parkin

    Reader’s response Venka Purushothaman

    4 Fostering open educational practices: communities or networks? Andy Lane

    Reader’s response Robert Schuwer

    Part II Developing People and Leaders for a Changing Educational Context

    5 Leading a step-change in scholarship in college higher education John Lea, Gail Hall and Jenny Lawrence

    Reader’s response Leesa Wheelahan

    6 Wholescale transformational change at pace: Abertay University’s approach to developing academic leadership Alastair Robertson and Steve Olivier

    Reader’s response Shellyann Scott

    7 Leading global teacher development in higher education John Unsworth, Kathy Wright and Catherine Hack

    Reader’s response Ian Davis

    8 The distributed educational development team: a case study Claire Taylor

    Reader’s response Julie Hall

    9 Leading educational transformation with sessional staff Marina Harvey and Sandra Jones

    Reader’s response Amanda Gilbert

    10 The practice and politics of programme leadership: between strategy and teaching Phil Robinson-Self

    Reader’s response Qianwei He

    Part III Whole Institutional Change: Leaders in Action

    11 Myths and legends: changing assessment procedures and practices Rachel Forsyth and Penny Sweasey

    Reader’s response Jessica Riddell

    12 CIRCLE: a cyclical approach to stakeholder engagement for change management Susannah Quinsee and Pam Parker

    Reader’s response Celia Popovic

    13 Architectural blueprint or work of art? Learning lessons from emergent change and the function of dialogic leadership Cathi Fredricks, Helen James and Amanda Maclean

    Reader’s response Kevin Flinn

    14 Reframing educational enhancement at University College London Jenny Marie

    Reader’s response Peter Felten

    15 The Global Perspectives Project: Building shared leadership through curriculum design Mark E. Allinson and Kieran Mahon

    Reader’s response Hetty Grunefeld


    16 The reflective educational change leader: concluding remarks on a journey into delivering educational change Cristina Devecchi and Jackie Potter

    Reader’s response Monica Fedeli



    Jackie Potter is Professor of Learning and Development in Higher Education and Head of the Oxford Centre for Staff and Learning Development (OCSLD) at Oxford Brookes University, United Kingdom.

    Cristina Devecchi is the Co-Director of the Centre for Education and Research at the University of Northampton, United Kingdom.