17 July 2014
University achieves highest level of accreditation
Following a recent Investors in People (IIP) assessment, the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is celebrating having achieved the prestigious IIP Gold standard.
The award is the highest level of accreditation within the IIP framework which supports organisations to transform business performance through its people. It considers all aspects of an organisation's employment practice from recruitment through to reward, involvement, development and management.
Out of all the organisations assessed by IIP only seven percent nationally actually achieve the Gold standard and only a handful of those are universities.
To achieve the IIP’s highest standard during a time of organisational change and uncertainty in the sector is especially significant and fills me with real optimism for the future.”
UCLan’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Gerry Kelleher said: “This is an absolutely outstanding achievement and demonstrates our commitment to developing, supporting and involving everyone who works in our University.
“What came through very strongly in the IIP report is the shared core value of all UCLan staff to put the needs of our students at the centre of everything we do. To achieve the IIP’s highest standard during a time of organisational change and uncertainty in the sector is especially significant and fills me with real optimism for the future.”
During the week-long assessment the IIP specialists carried out a number of detailed investigations and meetings with a wide variety of staff from across the University. Staff were chosen at random by the assessors and over 100 interviews were conducted with senior management, academic and service staff as well as trade union representatives.
In the IIP assessment report, staff enthusiasm and a pride in working at UCLan came through strongly as did a commitment to equality and diversity, the promotion of learning and development, peer-to-peer networking and coaching.
"Such a high level of accreditation is the sign of great people management practice, demonstrates a commitment to staff development and shows an organisation committed to being the very best it can be."
The assessors were also impressed with UCLan’s culture of social responsibility and partnership working with continuous improvement being a constant focus.
Bill Twiss, a member of the IIP team who carried out the UCLan assessment said: “Previously UCLan had achieved the ‘standard’ award from IIP so to gain a Gold award within a three-year timeframe is a huge achievement for which the University should be congratulated.
Paul Devoy, Head of Investors in People, continued: “We’d like to congratulate UCLan on their Gold standard. Such a high level of accreditation is the sign of great people management practice, demonstrates a commitment to staff development and shows an organisation committed to being the very best it can be. UCLan should be extremely proud of its achievement.”
Pauline Davies Taylor, Director of Human Resources at UCLan, added: “In an organisation of our size there are always going to be areas where we can develop further such as improving communications and reducing bureaucracy. IIP provides a model for continuous improvement and we are committed to maintaining and enhancing the high standards we have now achieved.”
The award builds on last year’s independent staff survey undertaken by Capita which ranked the University as an employer of choice and within the top 25 employers of Capita’s benchmark group of 298 public and private sector organisations.