Strathclyde Innovation Forum


Being innovative is one of our core values that underpin the way we work, our strategic Vision for 2025 and our People Strategy. When coupled with us being people-oriented, ambitious, collaborative and bold, there is an opportunity to harness the creative power of the people in our University to drive us forward confidently as an institution whilst addressing the challenges faced by society at large.  

The Strathclyde Innovation Forum will enhance and formalise our approach to innovation, in a way that benefits and engages the whole University community. The Forum aims to encourage all University staff, regardless of staff category or job type, to communicate and share our innovative ideas and new and different thinking to make our work more efficient, our jobs more enjoyable and, ultimately, our University more successful to the benefit of us all.

The Strathclyde Innovation Forum works in two ways

Team-based innovation

The best ideas come when people who work or interact with each other share their knowledge and insights and create solutions together. When an issue needs tackled, a problem needs solved or an opportunity needs to be identified, those who face the issue on a day to day basis are often best placed to deliver solutions and ideas. This is hugely beneficial to the University.

To help team leaders create an environment in which innovation ideas are encouraged, the Team-based Innovation course is now available and can be booked here: Team-based Innovation.

This training is delivered by our Continuous Improvement Directorate who also run other training sessions to support you and your teams.

Continuous Improvement courses

Grand challenges

As well as supporting staff to innovate within their own teams, the Strathclyde Innovation Forum will also periodically call for all staff ideas on a Grand Challenge – a question or issue facing the University which staff innovation can help to solve.

Colleagues will be able to input their ideas relating to that Challenge and every idea will be considered by a Challenge Sponsor and their team. Some ideas will be implemented straight away; others will require resource investment to implement. The Challenge Sponsor and their team will investigate those, sharing the most promising solutions through the Innovation Forum and then prioritising the implementation of ideas which are most likely to have the biggest impact on solving the Challenge.

Previous grand challenges

As we launch our Third Grand Challenge, we would like to thank all colleagues who responded to our previous Grand Challenges. Click below to see the impact of your ideas.

Find out more about the impact of your ideas

Third grand challenge

As we continue to press on with delivering our Vision 2025, we are seeking staff ideas on a number of issues which are of strategic importance over the coming months. Colleagues are asked to submit ideas on the undernoted Challenge Themes. All ideas submitted within these three Themes will be carefully considered and we will start to implement the best suggestions at the commencement of academic year 2021/22.

Challenge Theme 1

As we think about a post pandemic Strathclyde, it is essential that we reflect on the valuable lessons, as well as the challenges, that COVID has presented us with. Accordingly, we are asking staff to reflect on their experiences over the last year and to provide input on the key lessons we should learn as we develop our COVID recovery plan and consider a careful and safe return to campus.

Challenge Theme 2

The University is committed to sustainability, to climate action and to achieving a net zero carbon campus by 2040 at the latest. More information on our sustainability action plans can be found on our Sustainable Strathclyde web pages. To help accelerate this work, we are seeking ideas from individual staff members, or groups of staff, on what else the University can do to address the challenges brought by climate change.

Challenge Theme 3

A Wellbeing Organisation is one which puts looking after staff as one of its highest priorities. The University works hard to be a caring and compassionate employer, nonetheless, we would like your ideas on how we could be more so.

Share your ideas with us

We want your ideas on lessons learned during COVID, how we accelerate our sustainability and how we can be more caring and compassionate as an employer. All ideas are welcome...

Challenge-led innovation

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Identify & set the challange

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Generate ideas

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Investigate ideas to determine feasibility

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Share most promising solutions

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Prioritise, plan & implement

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Check results & seek to continuously improve