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Discourse, Donations, and a Good Acronym

Happening, Reflecting I appreciated Nick Hillman’s blog post, “Higher Education in Medialand“, based on his comments made at the 200th seminar of the Centre for Global Higher Education. Worth reading for some interesting views on how the media approach Higher Education stories, and also for his pertinent observation about the limitations of social media as …

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Decolonisation and Boundaries

Scribbles in my HeiNous notebook, Friday 26th March 2021: observations and writing I have found interesting in the last week. Happening, Reflecting I’d strongly recommend everyone read this week’s HEPI blog post, “Blaming decolonisation for limiting free speech is a red herring“, by Sylvie Lomer, Parise Carmichael-Murphy and Jenna Mittelmeier: not just for a helpful …

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Learning from the Folklore of Higher Education

My original presentation upon which this and the previous four posts have been based began with an introduction to my own academic, personal, and professional background, and ended by drawing together some of the key themes discussed with reference to these introductory facts. Much of that wouldn’t have translated well to a blog post format …

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The Need for Cohesive Educational Communities

The concept of a ‘cohesive educational community’ couldn’t sound more of a painful soundbite if it tried, but when I started to think about what I wanted to discuss in terms of an all-staff-all-student community, it was one of the better phrases I came up with (believe it or not). It’s more than a little …

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Challenges for Professional Services Staff: Resilience

“Evil begins when you begin to treat people as things.” (Terry Pratchett) Working in a Professional Services role can be, amongst many other things, incredibly rewarding. The Higher Education sector is filled with many challenges, but that does not (always) detract from the positive aspects of a job well done and overcoming the latest challenges …

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Challenges for Professional Services Staff: Resources

“For a moment, nothing happened. Then, after a second or so, nothing continued to happen.” (Douglas Adams) It is remarkable, given the current strangulation of resources across the entirety of the Higher Education sector, how little prominence is given to the impact this has on Professional Services staff (and, therefore, the wider staff and student …

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