Making connections

Recently my thoughts have been occupied with getting in touch with people who are far away. These are people who are interested in taking part in my research project. Because it focuses on people who have an international educational qualification, … Read More »

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Surveying the (un)known prospect

I’ve been in my Research Associate position for 6 months now. From where I stand, things are looking rather different compared to a year ago. Although I can’t see very far ahead at the moment – fixed term contract and … Read More »

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Memorable Images

This week my university is having a festival. It is not quite Glastonbury of course. It is an anniversary celebration. This includes a series of cross-university events which showcase the research going on all over the campus. I took part … Read More »

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Impact: how cultural factors vary its definition

Impact is on my mind. I have just finished a large-scale report with impact in the title and about to embark on a small-scale project about the enduring impact of a particular aspect of an international curriculum. But what does … Read More »

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Imagine that!

One of the qualities one might suppose is highly desirable to have as a researcher is that of imagination. Imagining solutions to problems or new, improved ways of being is a tool which a researcher might utilise in the work … Read More »

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A Winter’s Tale – from PhD to post-doc

The first few months of my post-doc new job as a Research Associate have taken place in the depths of winter: a time associated with hibernation and waiting for better things. However, rather than being dull, for me this cold … Read More »

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Heaven Sent/Hell Bent – new managers, existing staff and the issues in higher education

This third and final blog post in my trilogy of posts, the first being Institutional Signature Pedagogy — Like Avocado on Toast? and the second, Things to consider before you go on the distance learning road. The title is inspired … Read More »

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Things to consider before you go on the distance learning road

In the second of my third post trilogy on higher education strategy, I explore distance learning. I have heard this past term many colleagues and ex-colleagues mention distance learning. Questions arise such as ‘are you doing distance learning at your … Read More »

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Institutional Signature Pedagogy – Like Avocado on Toast?

This post is inspired by the work of the University of York, in particular, the idea of a ‘York Pedagogy’ and a comment from Chef Jamie Oliver I read in a paper a while back saying you don’t need a … Read More »

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The beautiful game, by the greatest artists in Europe presented by the past masters

‘The beautiful game, by the greatest artists in Europe, presented by the past masters”. This was the BBC’s Euro 2004 tagline, as I started work as an Assistant e-Learning Technologist on 21st June 2004 as a work placement student. I … Read More »

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