Working together we can all play a part in making Aston a better place to study, work and live. Many of the positive changes introduced over the last 12 months such as the fifth floor student common rooms, the red and yellow card system in ABS and the improved methods of feedback and assessment have all come about by students and staff acting in unison.
We know that you have many untapped and undeveloped ideas that can help us step change the student and staff experience at Aston and make sure that the reputation of the University continues to improve. We now want to unlock the potential of your ideas and bring to fruition those which are simple, measurable, actionable and timely.
That is why we have introduced a new and improved programme to bring to life great ideas. We are calling it the ‘Aston Innovation 100’. This replaces the ‘Bright Ideas’ programme.
Getting involved in the Aston Innovation 100 is simple.
Here is how it works - every month starting in March, a member of the University Executive team or the Guild Executive team will set a specific challenge. The challenge will be based on a real issue that we want to tackle. The first challenge, from David Farrow our Director of Marketing and Communications, is ‘How can we create better, more engaging and less frequent internal communications’.
Each month the challenge will be promoted by posters in the Guild, the Main Building Upper Foyer and in Schools, as well as through Aspects, i- Aston, and on the staff intranet and Guild website. The Executive owner will ask for submissions by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
A small panel from the University and the Guild, led by the Executive owner, will review all the entries and on the basis of which are most likely to improve the student or staff experience quickly, will decide on the winners. There will be opportunities to join the panel every month. It will not be a closed shop.
Prizes will be awarded for:
Prizes will range from vouchers to weekends away – so it is worth getting involved.
Each month winners will be announced in Aspects and i- Aston and celebrated in an Aston Innovation 100 poster campaign.
By the end of the year, we hope to have at least 100 ideas brought to life and implemented. Watch out for the first ‘challenge’ and best of luck in taking part.
All the best
Professor Julia King CBE FREng
29 February 2012