Frequently asked questions


What is The Big Leeds Conversation all about?
Hear from Vice-Chancellor, Professor Simone Buitendijk, on what The Big Leeds Conversation is all about.
What are our current values and why are we changing them?
Our current values are professionalism, inclusiveness, integrity, community and academic excellence.
We published a new academic strategy, Universal Values, Global Change, which charts our course for the next 10 years.
Within it are three overarching elements: community, culture and impact. We can only have a positive impact on the world and truly make a difference if our University community is strong. We can only achieve our ambitions if we foster a culture of collaboration, both internally and externally. 
That’s why we must listen intently to our community to collectively explore, discuss and agree the values that will guide our University and the behaviours of our community in the future.  
We all share a duty to ask ourselves: are we truly clear what our values are, how we will behave and how we treat others on our journey ahead?
It’s time for us all to take on this challenge together.
What happened in the first phase of The Big Leeds Conversation?
In July, over 3,000 staff, students and postgraduate researchers took part in the first phase of The Big Leeds Conversation to discuss:
  • What behaviours we should expect and not tolerate;
  • What we enjoy about working or studying here at Leeds; and
  • How we can become a values-led University.
Together, our community shared over 900 ideas and almost 3,000 comments. Nearly 50,000 votes were made on the ideas you liked or disliked.
How were the ideas, comments and votes analysed in the first phase of The Big Leeds Conversation?
Our partners, Clever Together, used qualitative thematic analysis to organise the data and identify key themes and trends, which has helped create a draft framework of values and behaviours. 
Now in the final phase of The Big Leeds Conversation, we’re inviting staff, students and postgraduate researchers to check and challenge this framework.
I wasn’t involved in the first phase of The Big Leeds Conversation. Can I still take part in the survey?
Yes. Whether you took part in the first phase of The Big Leeds Conversation or are joining the process at this final phase, you are encouraged to review our draft values framework and feedback as part of our ‘check and challenge’ phase. 
Why is this different to the first phase? Why can’t I see other people’s comments?
The first phase of the Big Leeds Conversation brought together staff, students and postgraduate researchers in the largest discussion of its type at Leeds. It was designed to openly discuss and exchange a broad range of ideas across our community about what our values should be. Our Independent partners, Clever Together, have analysed your ideas, comments and votes to help us develop a draft values and behaviours framework.
The second phase of The Big Leeds Conversation will take the form of a survey as we want to validate the analysis and give you the opportunity to anonymously feedback your individual views on what you feel is strong, wrong or missing.
We also received feedback from some members of our community who were not comfortable with their comments being visible to others and wanted a way to feedback more privately without others being able to view and respond to their comments. The second phase of The Big Leeds Conversation gives those members that opportunity. 
How do I access the survey?
Clever Together will email you directly with a unique URL to the online survey. Please check your clutter or ‘other’ folder for an email from thebigleedsconversation@clevertogether.com.
Alternatively, you can log in to the platform with your existing username and password (sent to your University email account from thebigleedsconversation@clevertogether.com).
If you have not received, or cannot find either email, please contact support@clevertogether.com.
If you are a staff member in the Facilities Directorate and have opted into text message communications, your login details will be sent to you by text from FD UniLeeds. 
What are you doing to involve those without access to digital technology?
For those without access to digital technology we will be providing a paper-based survey that is submitted anonymously. This feedback will be added to the online feedback and considered as part of the analysis carried out by Clever Together. 
Is this really anonymous?
Neither your name or identifying information will appear with any of your feedback as part of the survey, and your comments are not visible to others.
How will the survey be analysed?
All feedback will be read and analysed by our independent partners, Clever Together. They will use a thematic analysis approach - a method for identifying, organising, and reporting patterns or rich themes within qualitative data - to analyse the written responses. Levels of support for the draft values and behaviours will also be analysed based on the numbers of 'likes' and 'dislikes' received by each. Recommendations for amendments will be made based on the feedback from the UoL community. Clever Together will produce a report of findings from the survey data and a proposed final values and behaviours framework.
Who can I contact if I am having difficulty with this website?
The platform is provided by our partners, Clever Together. If you are having difficulty using the platform, or experience any problems, please email Clever Together at support@clevertogether.com and they will respond promptly.
If you would like to know more about Clever Together, please visit the Clever Together website.
What will Clever Together do with my personal data?
Clever Together will only use your personal data in relation to The Big Leeds Conversation. No information will be shared with parties outside of the project and it will never be used for any other purpose.
Clever Together will delete personal data they hold about you within 30 days of project completion.
This platform is covered by Clever Together's privacy policy. You may request deletion of your data by emailing privacy@clevertogether.com at any time.
Is The Big Leeds conversation accessible?
Clever Together recognise the importance of accessibility on their platform. Most accessibility features today are provided by your own computer or smartphone. All modern browsers and operating systems provide options for:
  • Font sizing and scaling of interfaces;
  • High-contrast colour schemes;
  • Text to voice screen reader technologies; and
  • Translation into other languages
The Clever Together platform conforms to all modern standards that enable the operation of the above accessibility features and ensures that the conversations remain fully functional for people using these tools. 
The Big Leeds Conversation also has the TextHelp ReachDeck accessibility toolbar added to it (Browsealoud), which makes major accessibility features available on any device.
If you need information on this website in a different format, please contact support@clevertogether.com.
When will we find out about our final values framework?
After this final ‘check and challenge’ phase is complete, Clever Together will use your feedback to refine the draft values framework. We’ll share our new values and behaviours with you in the new year. From there, our new values will be embedded and reflected in University policies, and underpin our community and culture. 
Will there be an opportunity to review the values again in future?
This is the final phase of refining our new values and behaviours. It is your last opportunity to share your feedback and ensure your views and suggestions are taken into account, so please take part and have your say!