Changing University Cultures


Changing University Cultures (CHUCL) is a project designed to help universities evolve their cultures to promote equality and diversity and address issues such as bullying and harassment. 

We work with university staff and managers to encourage deep thinking and reflection on university cultures and how to bring about substantive sustainable change.

Our programme involves two phases: the first develops an in-depth understanding of the institutional culture using a mix of methods; and the second, based on our innovative Grounded Action Inquiry methodology, works directly with small groups to reflect on the institutional culture and build capacity to bring about change.

We work at different levels within universities in departments, schools, faculties and units. Use the menu links at the top to find out more about our research and our programmes of work, and if you would like to find out more about what we can do for you, please get in touch.

I was delighted to be able to participate in this excellent project to shape and evolve our culture. I personally gained an enormous amount from the whole experience; it helped me to see work from a different perspective and understand how others experience the workplace in a way that I had not appreciated before. I found AI to be powerful and empowering at the same time!

Sheila Gupta, Director of Human Resources, Sussex University

We are very grateful to Dr Alison Phipps and her colleagues for their insightful report. We are taking the report and its recommendations very seriously. Over the coming months, we will be working with staff and students to develop our response and our commitment to making changes at institutional, department and individual level.

James Stirling, Provost, Imperial College