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Durham University

Human Resources & Organisational Development

Planning Change

All change is likely to be heavily influenced by external factors or developments – including technological, economic and social factors. Knowing what these factors are - and why they are important - establishes the reason(s) for change. These factors will drive a need for things to be different and this could influence University wide change or Faculty/Departmental change initiatives.

If you are a leader of change and/or individually affected by change, developing a greater understanding of the reasons for change often leads to discussions identifying where we are now, and where we would like to be. Likewise, it may also highlight what will happen if we do nothing. Furthermore, we must recognise change does not take place in isolation, the success of our organisation depends on our full participation in change – we all share a responsibility for the outcomes. Whatever is done must therefore, take account of the range of different stakeholders, and has to align with the overall goals of the University.

If the change you are planning for involves a transfer of employment to or from another employer and TUPE (Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006) may apply please engage with your HR Business Partner for further guidance.