Lean HE Global Festival

We generally host an annual, global conference, connecting higher education improvement from around the world and supporting the continuous improvement of our own community. We can't deliver a face-to-face conference in 2020 - we're hosting an online, free, global festival instead! From 19-23 October 2020, please join us as as a participant in a session or in leading a session!

Submissions are now open!

To submit your proposal, simply download and complete our proposal form and return it to festival@leanhe.org by 15 September, 2020. We’re assessing proposals on a rolling basis, so we’ll be in touch shortly after to confirm inclusion. Submit a proposal to:

  • Lead for a wider audience an online session that you have delivered in-house recently;
  • Introduce emerging practitioners to a lean (or other methodology) tool, concept or approach (a list of some ideas will be available here soon);
  • Share a case study - tell the story of how you completed an improvement, including challenges and successes;
  • Spark a panel discussion - incorporate multiple perspectives or prompt discussion, such as a panel;
  • Share resources with emerging, established and expert practitioners (a list of some ideas will be available here soon)
  • Encourage others by sharing your origin-story (or how you implemented lean at your institution), regardless of where you are in your own journey;
  • Asking peers for help solving a real world problem (in a structured way);
  • Run an interactive session that engages our global population;

Or just ask us and we'll let you know if your topic is suitable.

Sessions may be delivered at any time during this period, in any time zone or language.

We are now seeking proposals from improvement practitioners around the world. Anyone employed by a university may submit a proposal to lead an online session of up to 45 minutes.

How will the Festival work?

We're aiming to make this festival as simple and lean as possible!

  • Proposals are open from now until the 15th of September for contributions;
  • Submissions will be reviewed on rolling basis, we are looking for sessions that meet the mission vision and values of Lean HE... we've got some suggestions based on what the community have asked for here;
  • Each session lead will create an event on their desired online platform (e.g. Zoom. They will be responsible for making sure it’s available externally. We'll send each lead some instructions, and a comms pack to help);
  • Each session will then be connected to a central Lean HE Eventbrite site, so our global audience can access and register for all events centrally;
  • Sessions will all be held to the same time pattern, with the "room" opening at the hour, the session starting at 5 minutes past the hour, and the session ending at ten minutes to the hour. We believe in screen breaks!
  • Our global audience of higher education staff may register through our central Lean HE Eventbrite site as events become available;
  • Leads deliver their sessions (making any slides or resources available), we all learn & develop and have fun!

How and when do I submit a proposal to lead a session?

To submit your proposal, simply download and complete our proposal form and return it to festival@leanhe.org by 15 September, 2020.

The link above takes you to a read only google doc, if you hit "file" on the menu at the top right you should find the "download" option, when you can edit it at your leisure.

We’re assessing proposals on a rolling basis, so we’ll be in touch shortly after to confirm inclusion.

Can I speak to someone about my proposal?

Yes! Feel free to contact your local steering committee chairperson and check your idea! Or if you want to chat about your proposal, you can book time to talk when it suits you, check your topic with us and ask us any other questions you may have. Look out for the time zone selection on the calendar which will display availability in your local time. If you still can't find a slot, you can email us on festival@leanhe.org

What happens after I submit my proposal?

  • We’ll review your proposal. We're assessing proposals on a rolling basis and we'll respond to your submission as soon as we can.
  • We’ll let you know if it’s approved by email. If is approved we'll send you full instructions on what to do next, and we're here online to support you too.
  • Create your event in your desired platform (make sure it’s available externally) - have the link to your event ready for the Lean HE ticketing site!
  • Set up your event on the Lean HE Eventbrite site, so our global audience can register!
  • Promote your event (don’t worry, we will too, and we will send you a comms pack to help)!
  • Prepare amazing content to share with your peers!
  • Integrate two Lean HE slides and messages into your session!
  • Deliver your session, make new connections and have fun!

What kind of things will sessions cover?

Sessions at our events are inclusive and generally cover topics suitable for all, from emerging, established to expert improvers. Topics may cover the scope of improvement in higher education, from workshops that have been run in-house, origin stories, tools, facilitation approaches, case studies, lessons learned, panel sessions and much more. Keep an eye on our Eventbrite page; it'll be updated regularly with sessions as they are approved.

When you are considering topics to present on, you may wish to check our list of topics that our own community has asked for. These themes were collected from attendees of our 2019 conference as part of our Lean HE Hack. Please note, these are just some possible topics; we encourage you to think broadly, widely and share your stories with us. You might also wish to have a look at our materials from previous years.

If you’re unsure if your topic is suitable, please contact us. If you want to chat about your proposal, you can book time to talk when it suits you, check your topic with us and ask us any other questions you may have! Or feel free to contact your local steering committee chairperson and check your idea!

How do I register for or join a session?

You may register for any session during the Lean HE Global Festival via our Eventbrite page, where all sessions will be listed. Sessions will become available on a rolling basis, as we assess proposals, so we encourage you to check our Eventbrite page regularly.

May I register to join or lead a session if I am not employed in higher education?

Sessions may only be led by staff employed by a higher education institution (some sessions will bring in voices from outside our sector). Lean in Higher Education is a peer led community of practice, and our associated events primarily serve those in higher education.

We understand that there are some who are interested in, linked to or undertake related work. If you are not working in a higher education institution but would like to join a session check the session description to ensure it's suitable. If you're unsure if you should join or attend a session, please contact us.

When does the festival run?

19-23 October 2020, in time zones across the world.

Are sessions available in person, or online?

Sessions will be run purely online, with links to each session made available through our Eventbrite page. If you're looking for face-to-face delivery of content, keep an eye on our 2021 conference at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow!

What if there are two sessions at the same time, or with the same topic?

Because our festival is available across multiple timezones and languages, some sessions may be on similar subjects. Like any festival, our schedule will be brimming; we're hoping to encourage many voices and to create many offerings, so there's something to appeal to all higher education staff. As with many things this year, this is an experiment in an emergent online event. If a similar session to what you'd like to propose if already running, we really encourage you to submit your proposal anyway.

All the sessions are available on our EventBrite page, you can treat that like your festival guide, to put together your programme of events.

We hope everyone will be able to engage where they can, perhaps you'll find a topic in a time zone that's worth staying up late for, and maybe even in your mother tongue.

How long will each session run for?

Sessions will be delivered with the following format:

  • Session opens: on the hour;
  • Session begins: 5 minutes past the hour;
  • Introduction: 5 minutes;
  • Content: 45 minutes maximum;
  • Questions: 5 minutes;
  • Session closes: on the hour (or earlier for shorter sessions).