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Capturing and celebrating the impact of our award-winning Communities of Practice

29 November 2021

Complete our survey to share your views on CoPs' impact on working life at UCL.

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Communities of Practice (CoPs) were first launched at UCL in 2017 as part of Transforming Our Professional Services. In that time, we’ve set up 21 CoPs across 11 practice areas, with a collective membership of around 3000 members of staff. That’s about 17% of UCL’s total staff! 

We’re now asking all members and leads of all CoPs to tell us their views on how CoPs have impact on the individual, practice areas and institutional levels. 

Complete the Communities of Practice Impact Survey

Celebrating our success

Since 2017 CoPs have hosted around 200 Lunch and Learns and launched around 80 projects to benefit the practice area or UCL. Successfully completed projects include: 

UCL is also leading the Higher Education sector in CoPs: in 2019, we were awarded the award for best organisational development and culture change initiative at the UHR (Universities Human Resources) Awards for Excellence in HR. In May 2020, UCL hosted a seminar with Etienne Wenger-Trayner, who coined the term ‘Communities of Practice’, and Beverly Wenger-Trayner, who shared their expertise on CoPs and how they operate in online spaces.       

Communities of Practice Impact Survey 2021

We are launching a new annual survey to get fresh insight into how Communities of Practice influence and impact working life at UCL. This survey is open to all members and leads of all CoPs. 

The insights we gather in this survey will help influence the direction of UCL's CoP strategy going forward, will help us identify their strengths and points to improve, and influence how we talk about CoPs to our internal and external audiences. 

The survey will be open until Thursday 23 December 2021 and the survey results will be shared from January 2022. The winner of the prize draw will be notified in January 2022. 

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