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Rewards for all: wearing-out your mortarboard

Rewards for all: wearing-out your mortarboard

It’s graduation season and not just on university campuses. There are more and more opportunities for young children to have their photograph taken wearing a mortarboard and gown and holding a fake scroll. This ritual provides recognition and praise for young children rather than threatening academic standards (!) although familiarity may breed contempt in the sense that going through a ritual … Continue reading

Higher Education consumes itself

Higher Education consumes itself

The debates about TV debates with political party leaders (see any media outlet for coverage) got me thinking about some of the industry-within-an-industry, navel-gazing, procedural intricacies encountered in the higher education sector. Caveat: the examples below are either anecdotal or the result of personal experience rather than something formal, documented, evidenced! Meetings about meetings Anyone holding … Continue reading

My Exit Velocity

This blog is as good a place as any to record my transition from one job to another, and to offer some thoughts for how to approach a long notice period, particularly when you’re moving on after working at the same place for a considerable length of time. Tip #1 – start your handover notes … Continue reading