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

Improvement Practitioner (Green Belt): Improving Performance & Results Through Lean Management –
a six/eight month online course

Both courses are offered as standalone or combined courses. Discounted rates are available for combined courses and AUA members. Yellow Belt training is a pre-requisite of the Green Belt course.

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:
22 November 2021 at 9.30 – 15.30


Course fee:
AUA Member £390
Non-member £450
Discounted rates available for Combined Option of Yellow Belt and Green Belt courses.

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 ILM Endorsed Award: 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 course will be run as a one day event online (9.30 to 15.30) 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

Monday, 4 October 2021 2021 at 9.30 15.30
Monday, 22 November 2021 at 9.30 to 15.30
Monday, 10 January 2022 at 9.30 to 15.30
Thursday, 7 April 2022 at 9.30 to 15.30

Register and book your place here

Green Belt: Improving Performance and Results Through Lean Management

A practical, eight-module ILM endorsed award, delivered online over six months supported by completion of a significant work based improvement initiative.

Course start dates:
February intake – 23 February 2022
May intake – 26 May 2022

Course fee:
AUA Member £1770
Non-member £1962 (includes 12 months AUA membership)
Discounted rates available for Combined Option of Yellow Belt and Green Belt courses.

Course Overview

Improving Performance and Results through Lean Management (also known as Green Belt) is a six to eight month course designed to support university staff, in all job families, who lead improvement activities. The focus of this course is the application of Lean Six Sigma DMAIC methods to real-life improvement projects. It covers the key tools and techniques of Lean Six Sigma to Green Belt depth. It is a practical, eight-module course, supported by completion of a significant workplace based improvement initiative. The interactive modules mix theory, scenarios and exercises to demonstrate the application of Lean Six Sigma which is used to guide the completion of the improvement initiative. The course is led and delivered online by the University of Nottingham’s Lean Team.

Course Accreditation

Improving Performance and Results Through Lean Management (Green Belt) is an ILM Endorsed Award and is a qualification that has been designed to provide professional services staff with recognition for their Lean knowledge and experience. Endorsement of the course by ILM means that all aspects of course delivery and assessment have been approved by them and is therefore recognised by other universities and employers.

Is this course suitable for me?

The course is ideal for those looking to lead improvement projects, drive quality and improve processes.

It builds on from the principles covered in the Yellow Belt training so prior attendance on a Yellow Belt course is a requirement of starting on the course. Please note, combined course rates and dates are available.

The Green Belt course requires commitment to the Lean Six Sigma application with a suitable improvement initiative that is supported by your employer, in order to apply the learnings throughout the course. This would usually be from your own work place.

The Candidate Handbook that sits alongside the course provides the key things that you need to know about the course and the Award. Please make sure that you read it before submitting your registration form.

Learning outcomes
  • Gain a knowledge of the principles and methodologies of leading a Lean Six Sigma improvement project to Green Belt level
  • Learn/revisit the basics of project and change management in the context of Lean improvement projects
  • Complete, to a suitable conclusion, an improvement initiative, which will be reported to your Sponsor through a final presentation
  • Use the principles of reflection to identify success and opportunities for future tool applications Course
Structure and modules

The course consists of eight main modules delivered over six months, with completion within eight months.

All of the content described below is currently planned to be undertaken by remote delivery using Microsoft Teams:

Module 1 Introduction  
Module 2 Define (problem selection and definition)
Module 3 Measure
Module 4 Analyse
Module 5 Analyse (continued)
Module 6 Improve
Module 7 Control
Module 8 Report Out Preparation
Report Out Report Out Delivery

Professional Discussion Reflections on the application of your course learning is gained through a structured discussion with the Course Tutor(s).

Each module includes a two-hour tutor lead workshop. This is followed by self-directed additional learning and reflection, and applying the learning to your improvement initiative. By enrolling in the course you are agreeing to attend every session.

The Candidate Handbook provides details of the indicative time commitment associated with the Green Belt course.

Course dates and timings

February 2022 intake

Session 2.1 – Thursday, 23 February 2022 at 9.30 to 12.00
Session 2.2 – Thursday, 9 March 2022 at 9.30 to 12.00
Session 2.3 – Thursday, 6 April 2022 at 9.30 to 12.00
Session 2.4 – Thursday, 27 April 2022 at 9.30 to 12.00
Session 2.5 – Thursday, 25 May 2022 at 9.30 to 12.00
Session 2.6 – Thursday, 22 June 2022 at 9.30 to 12.00
Session 2.7 – Thursday, 13 July 2022 at 9.30 to 12.00
Session 2.8 – Thursday, 3 August 2022 at 9.30 to 12.00
Course end – Thursday. 24 September 2022

May 2022 intake

Session 3.1 – Thursday, 26 May 2022 at 12.30 to 15.00
Session 3.2 – Thursday, 16 June 2022 at 12.30 to 15.00
Session 3.3 – Thursday, 14 July 2022 at 12.30 to 15.00
Session 3.4 – Thursday, 4 August 2022 at 12.30 to 15.00
Session 3.5 – Thursday, 1 September 2022 at 12.30 to 15.00
Session 3.6 – Thursday, 29 September 2022 at 12.30 to 15.00
Session 3.7 – Thursday, 20 October 2022 at 12.30 to 15.00
Session 3.8 – Thursday, 10 November 2022 at 12.30 to 14.30
Course end – Thursday, 11 January 2023

Your Improvement Initiative (Lean Project) and assessment

Improvement initiative

You will need to decide on an area for a suitable improvement initiative. Your improvement initiative is your Lean project and must:

  • Have sufficient scope for meaningful change
  • Be likely to require the use of Lean tools
  • Be realistic to deliver in the assigned course timescales
  • Not currently being worked on by anyone else (or there is room for you to lead a sub-section of a wider initiative)
  • Be within an area of work you find interesting
  • Have an agreed Sponsor who supports the scope of the initiative and who has the authority to approve your improvements

Many candidates will deliver an improvement initiative from their own work area. You will be asked to outline your proposed initiative within your registration form.

If you need to discuss a suitable initiative in your own work area please email events@aua.ac.uk and we can arrange a discussion with a Course Tutor.

How will I be assessed?

There are three assessments required to achieve the award:

1. An oral submission by way of a Professional Discussion (supported by the Improvement Initiative and coursework)

2. A written submission by way of the Individual Learning Record

3. An oral and written submission by way of the Report Out

Please refer to the Candidate Handbook for more information about the assessment process.

How to register for a place

Please ensure you have read the Candidate Handbook before registering for a place.

In order to register for a place on the course/s please complete the short online registration form.

Within the registration form you will be asked to outline your proposed improvement initiative – this does not have to be the final project outline but needs to provide enough information for the suitability to be assessed by the Course Tutor. The Course Tutor will review the outline and a discussion can be arranged if necessary.

Following submission of your form, you will receive an email with confirmation of your course place and further details on invoicing.

Please ensure you have read our payment terms and conditions.

All course rates and how to book a place

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

Green Belt only – ILM endorsed award
AUA Member rate £1770
Non-member rate £1962

Combined Course Option – Yellow Belt plus Green Belt
AUA Member rate £1980
Non-member rate £2172 (includes 12 months AUA membership)

Please note, Yellow Belt training is a pre-requisite of attending the Green Belt course.

Discounted rates are only applicable when registering for Yellow Belt and Green Belt courses together via the registration form.

Register for a place – Complete the short registration form to book your place on the Yellow Belt or the Green Belt. You can also choose the Combined Course option.

Date choices and intakes are included on the form.

You will be sent further details of your booking and invoicing following receipt of the registration form.

For any queries, please email events@aua.ac.uk

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