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Frequently Asked Questions

Is this just another University initiative that will be replaced by something more ‘trendy’ in the future?
No. The Lean University Project has the full backing of the Vice Chancellor and the University Board. It is one of the key strategies being implemented to help Cardiff University reach its goal of being one of the World’s Top 50 Universities by 2020.

What are the benefits of Lean?
There will be two main benefits of adopting Lean Thinking through out the University. First will be the reduction of internal wastes, such as the time spent on unnecessary processes and the second is improved customer value like freeing up more time for teaching.

What does this mean for me?
Lean Thinking will help to empower you in your work, enabling you to focus your time on those areas of the job where it is needed most.

Is this a cost-cutting exercise that will lead to job-cuts?
No. The Lean University Project will lead to both financial and staff resources being realigned in the areas where they are needed most.

When will you be visiting my School/Directorate?
The Lean University Project we will not be focusing on one particular School or Directorate but on processes throughout the university. Instead we may work with you as part of a continuous improvement activity or while examining end-to-end processes that involve interaction between different Schools/Directorates.

What does a workshop consist of?
Depending on the aim of the workshop, it could last between half-a-day up to five days. The sessions can be demanding of individuals but the more commitment you bring to a workshop and to your personal development, the greater the rewards.

How can I get involved?
The Lean University runs the Lean Skills for Managers Programme. If you are interested in taking part, please e-mail