UoL Big conversation

University of Leeds. The Big Conversation

On Monday 12 July, all staff, students and postgraduate researchers will be invited to help create our new University values through a series of discussions called The Big Leeds Conversation.

New and clear values will help us to:

  • create a supportive place to study and work;
  • give our students the best experience we can; and
  • decide who we work with outside the University, and how we deliver world-class research.

In this short video Vice-Chancellor, Professor Simone Buitendijk, explains why it’s important for us all to take part in The Big Leeds Conversation:

How it works

The University is working with Clever Together, an independent organisation, who will provide us with an anonymous, secure online space to help us discuss and create our new values.

The Big Leeds Conversation is like a virtual room or discussion forum that can be joined from any internet-connected device, at any time, 24 hours a day.

Staff, students and postgraduate researchers will each have separate, anonymous online spaces to share ideas. You’ll be able to share your views, make comments and ‘up vote’ and ‘down vote’ ideas from others that you agree or disagree with.

In our first conversation, we want to think about the behaviours we should expect of each other, and those we should not accept. We’ll also discuss what we enjoy about working at the University, and our ideas for how our values can lead and guide our work.

In the autumn, we’ll bring together everyone’s thoughts and ideas to build new values and behaviours for the University – and we’ll invite everyone to share what they think about this in our second Big Leeds Conversation.

A safe space to share and challenge ideas

The Big Leeds Conversation is an anonymous online conversation. This is so we can hear your honest views.

Names will not be shared with Clever Together (or the University) and we will not know who has taken part, or how anyone has contributed. No ideas, comments or votes that you share in an online conversation will be shown with your username or personal details.

Joining the Big Leeds Conversation

When The Big Leeds Conversation begins on Monday 12 July, Clever Together will email everyone in our University community their unique username and password.

For members of our community who are not able to access the online conversation, we’ll provide alternative ways to take part. Individuals who have opted into SMS text communications will receive instructions to log in and join the online conversation from FD UniLeeds.

Anonymous, paper-based surveys will also be provided for those who either do not have access to a University email address or access to the internet.

Find out more about why it’s important that we all have our say, in Vice-Chancellor Professor Simone Buitendijk’s Inside Track: Your part in The Big Leeds Conversation.