Whole university approach

Self-Review Tool Research Project 2015

A Self-Review Tool Research Study was conducted in 2015 to examine how the tool has been used and whether it has supported universities to understand and embed a whole system approach.

The study examined whether the Self-Review Tool [SRT] has supported universities to understand and embed a whole system approach and highlight resulting learning and practice.

The aims were to:

  • Scope the use and impact of the SRT
  • Inform future developments.

Highlights from the findings included:

  • SRT well-received and beneficial to universities engaged in Healthy Universities
  • Content and output [traffic light report] of SRT valuable in enabling a comprehensive holistic review – and in providing internal ‘benchmark’ and informing future planning
  • Process of using SRT valuable in catalysing and strengthening cross-university engagement/collaboration
  • Content and process of using SRT have been useful in building wider and deeper understanding of ‘whole system’ Healthy University approach
  • ‘National Network’ status of SRT has been important in securing senior-level buy-in and action
  • SRT could be refined, further developed and enhanced

A journal article reporting on the research study and its findings has been published in Health Promotion International – see: The UK Healthy Universities Self-Review Tool: Whole System Impact.