Liz Butterworth: Loughborough College

Interview with Liz Butterworth, Loughborough College

Most satisfying aspect of the project?

Working with several teams across the college and being able to bring them together to remove the silo working to bring about collaborative working; I think that’s been the most satisfying. 

What has been the biggest benefit?

Again, I think it’s the collaboration; but also having the consistency of course data; having it centralised and also being able to enhance and enrich the quality of that course information.

And in terms of challenges has the project been a little like opening a Pandora’s box?

Not particularly, I’ve found the teams within the college have been very helpful, that’s not been any resistance at all and I’ve worked with large-scale projects before so I wasn’t daunted by this and so I don’t think for us it’s been a Pandora’s box.  It’s just been a natural process and I think the college has welcomed the opportunity for the project to facilitate this cross-college work.

What has been the biggest challenge you’ve faced?

I think the biggest challenge will be ensuring the aggregators will use this feed because within the FE college we still provide a number of data feeds to different external organisations for the FE applications and at the moment we don’t think that those external organisations will be using the XCRI feed in the future because we’re one of very few colleges in the FE sector working on this project. And if they were to say well we’re now going to use this xml feed then most of the colleges in the country won’t be ready to do that.

What would you like to see happening in your institution post March 2013?

I don’t think the work for us will finish, it will be an evolving process.  As I’ve said it’s, one of the main benefits has been the bringing together of different teams and I’d like to see that grow into different areas across the organisation so that the teams are working across the whole organisation in a corporate way rather than a departmental way.

And you mentioned about working in course teams but what’s been the most interesting innovation in the project, outside of that?

Moving away from the old paper-based systems into much more interactive workflow processes where we’re very responsive to the changes in data and there’s a lot of checking and confirming goes on but not on paper, electronically now.