Externally funded CSED based projects Externally funded CSED based projects

This page contains details of some of externally funded projects which have been based in CSED.  Click on the project name which will take you to further information or to the website.

Project SYNERGY: exploring techniques in distributed asynchronous facilitation

SYNERGY is a year-long CSED project, started in January 2008, and funded by the Leadership Foundation under it's 'small development projects' scheme.

The project capitalises on existing facilitation skills amongst CSED staff - and in particular its work in the iLab - to explore the possibilities of running successfully facilitated sessions  where participants are neither gathered together into the same location, nor necessarily making their contributions at the same time on a given day. If this mode of working can be successfully achieved then the benefits will be huge.

We regard this work as an experiment, and if it shows promise then further (and more major) funding will be sought. A HEFCE LGM bid would probably be appropriate.

Further details are available on the SYNERGY website.


SCAITS stands for 'Staff Communications and Information Technology Skills'. Over many years UEA has sought to extend the C&IT skills of its staff. We were therefore particularly pleased to be awarded a one year JISC-funded project to investigate how an appropriately C&IT skilled work force might be generated and maintained at a Higher Education Institution.

LHI Project/iLab

Learning the Habit of Innovation: Harnessing Technology for Strategic Planning

University managers need to think strategically and to solve complex, cross-institutional problems in an increasingly unstable environment, where the future may be difficult to predict. This project was set up to provide a large group of senior managers in the Eastern region access to the Post Office Research Group's Innovation Laboratory, a highly original model for using a leading-edge technology environment to stimulate innovation and creativity in strategic planning and problem solving, especially by groups. With the benefit of technical and facilitator training from the Research Group, and through collaborative purchase of the key software tools, the partner institutions will have the capacity to develop their own versions of this model - ensuring a sustainable basis for promoting innovation and creativity in organisational planning.  If anyone has any questions about the LHI Project, please contact Gurpreet Gill, ext 2951, g.gill@uea.ac.uk