Lean Six Sigma

Lean Six Sigma is a recognised methodology that combines the strategies of Lean and Six Sigma to improve performance and efficiency by reducing waste, variability and increasing quality.

By growing your Lean skills and knowledge you can support a strong, effective and engaged organisational culture, where removing pain points, improving processes and reducing waste can help your institution to invest in ways that will address challenges and build on strengths.

Training and development courses

The AUA has partnered with The University of Nottingham to offer you development and training opportunities to explore the principles of Lean Six Sigma, apply them to your workplace and become an Improvement Practitioner. Courses have been designed specifically for professional services staff in HE.

Improvement Practitioner (Yellow Belt): An introduction to Lean Six Sigma – one day online course.

The Yellow Belt course date is now full for October.

Yellow Belt: An introduction to Lean Six Sigma

A one day introductory course delivered online and designed to support all staff working within a university setting.

Next course date:
3 and 5 October 2022 online (split across two morning sessions) – Now full.

Course fee:
AUA Member £390
Non-member £450

Overview and course aim

This introductory course is designed to support university staff, in all job families, and is ideal for Lean Six Sigma beginners.

The focus of the course is to cover the basic principles of the Lean methodology and allow delegates to acquire an understanding of how Lean Six Sigma operates in the workplace.

It covers the foundation concepts and key tools and techniques needed to progress onto the Improving Performance and Results Through Lean Management (Green Belt) course.

The course is delivered by the University of Nottingham’s Lean Team and on completion you will receive a certificate.

Course aim

This course is designed to give you a basic introduction to some of the improvement tools and methodologies of Lean Six Sigma thinking. The interactive day uses a set of university scenarios to demonstrate how the application of Lean Six Sigma can achieve understanding, recognition and delivery of opportunities across any organised area of your choosing.

Structure and delivery

The next course will run as an online event over two morning sessions (9.30 to 12.30) on 3 and 5 October via Microsoft Teams and will cover:

  • What is Lean Six Sigma?
  • Defining the Scope
  • Process Mapping the Current Condition
  • Value and Waste
  • Root Cause Analysis
  • Four Voices
  • Making improvements
  • Benefits
Learning outcomes

You will have the opportunity to:

  • Gain a basic understanding of the Lean Six Sigma methodology and the thinking that underpins it
  • Understand and practice a series of tools that generate sustainable improvement outcomes
  • Explore where tools and techniques can be applied in your own working environments to bring about sustainable improvements in your processes and ways of working
Course dates and times

Next course date will be over two morning sessions:

3 and 5 October 2022 at 9.30 to 12.30

Course rates and how to book a place – places now full for October.

Yellow Belt only – one day course
AUA Member rate £390
Non-member rate £450

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