Why are inequalities so persistent in higher education? Why have widening participation and charter mark schemes been so ineffective? Why is bullying, harassment and violence still endemic in the sector? 

The Changing University Cultures (CHUCL) collective helps universities tackle intersecting inequalities and address issues such as bullying, harassment and violence. We do this through supporting structural and cultural change. 

We work with university staff, leaders and students to encourage deep thinking and reflection on issues and build capacity to deal with them. Our methodology blends sociology and organisational development and involves both research and action.

Our research develops in-depth understandings of institutions using a mix of methods, and makes recommendations for structural and cultural change. Our interventions – which include action inquiry, open space, education and coaching – are built on research findings and work towards building more equal and caring institutions.

Collectively, our team has over fifty years’ experience working in universities and other settings. Our combined research and action has impacted almost a hundred universities, other institutions and organisations in the UK and overseas.

We work at different levels within universities, from the grassroots to the top, in departments, schools, faculties and units or with a whole-institution approach. We work creatively and are open to creating interventions that suit you and your budget.

The only thing we ask is that you commit to the process and to taking ongoing action after our intervention is done. We are not interested in being a box you can tick or something you can put in your annual report – we want to work with institutions and individuals genuinely interested in building equality and tackling violence.

Are you brave enough to work with us? If you would like to find out more, please get in touch.