Category Archives: Higher Education

Higher Education and Twitter: Five things we have learned from Tweeting

Over the past month, our team has been dipping a tentative foot into the waters of Twitter with a new feed dedicated to research activity, staff and students at our university. Here I share some of the things we have … Read More »

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5 Ways A PhD Can Be Useful In A University Support Role

What possible use could a PhD be to someone in a professional support role? The knowledge you gain over the course of doctoral studies is likely to be niche and arcane, and many people would automatically discount someone with a … Read More »

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Working with challenging or difficult students

Most of the students that we come into contact with at work are lovely; they are bright, engaged, independent and a pleasure to talk to. The ones that usually stick in the mind are the ones who are in some … Read More »

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Research highlights benefit of flexible working

  In a report published in 2013, The Sleep Council reported that the number of Britons getting less than the NHS recommended 6 to 9 hours sleep per night had risen dramatically to 40% of the population (the figure was … Read More »

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Writing effective minutes

Writing minutes seems to be a task that strikes fear into many administrative staff. Do you worry that you won’t be able to concentrate for the length of the meeting, that you will miss or misunderstand important decisions, or that … Read More »

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Writing effective agendas

We have all been in meetings that have over-run, gone off-topic or seemed to achieve nothing at the end of a lot of discussion. Ineffective committees discourage attendance and those who do come often feel like their time has been … Read More »

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Supporting research students – part 2

I recently wrote a post considering how professional support staff can support the postgraduate research students in their university. In it, I took a bit of a look at how research students differ from taught students, and why we need … Read More »

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