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We’re all going on a summer holiday

Sadly I’m not going on a summer holiday although I feel like I really need one but with a new house and 3 children not much chance of that. But, that doesn’t mean that the holiday memories can’t be kept alive by remembering lovely holidays gone by and by combining this with a workshop on […]

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Back to life, back to …

Hello! Its been a rather long time since I’ve blogged and I’ve missed it. I was asked to write an “inaugural” welcome back post so here it is (this post was previously published on the LDC Educational Vignettes blog). The title was going to say “back to life, back to reality” but then work can […]

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Messy change

Published this on our Educational Vignettes blog so thought I would add it here…. Bit of self promotion, so excuse me for that, but I thought people might be interested in this piece by Patsy Cullen on HEA/LFHE Changing the Learning Landscape workshop that I contributed to a few weeks ago. The workshop is looking […]

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Letting go

Currently I am giving a keynote presentation at the 16th annual SEDA conference in Birmingham. In reality I am sitting at my desk, at home, in Islington, not even talking into a microphone because I recorded the whole thing about three weeks ago.  Being today 36 weeks pregnant with twins we decided it was too […]

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Celebration and fellowship

On Wednesday night I had the honour, and pleasure, of attending the National Teaching Fellowship Awards Scheme dinner as I received a National Teaching Award this year from the Higher Education Academy and have now become a National Teaching Fellow.  The ceremony and dinner was held at Middle Temple Hall in London which was a […]

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Home alone ….

At the end of June, due to some complications with my twin pregnancy, I was suddenly signed off work, indefinitely.  Scary health issues and related stress aside, I have found this whole experience pretty weird and difficult.  I was 15 weeks pregnant at the time and the prospect of not going back to work for […]

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The Tyranny of Choice?

There is a lot of talk, particularly from politicians about choice at the moment. And the rhetoric implies that choice is always a good thing. Sometimes, it obviously is – choice of Easter cupcake from coffee shop (lemon, chocolate, strawberry); or on a less flippant level, choice about who you vote for, where you live, […]

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Coffee and papers blog

I’ve been meaning to post this for ages and given that I have been v v slack with my blogging (I blame pregnancy, seems as good as excuse as any!) seems appropriate to start back with this. So I’ve talked to a few people about the genius coffee and papers idea and I can say […]

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Coffee, KPIs and lego

This post is fulfilling a number of functions: summarising a discussion at the Heads of Educational Development Group (HEDG) on Monday about the value of KPIs my notes from Barbara Dexter’s session at the SEDA conference the following day on “Targets and performance measures in educational development: how helpful are they?” and David Baume’s session […]

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Loving working in HE … most of the time

In the spirit of the THES #loveHE campaign and also because it is Friday thought a positive post would be appropriate. The other week I had the most ridiculous week, but came out of it strangely positive and with a renewed appreciation of the benefits of working in HE in the UK.

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