Writing for impact in higher education

Language is the lens through which we reach out to, and interact with, the world. The potential of words, and how you communicate them, is infinite.

Invisible Grail explores new ways to communicate important ideas specific to the needs of those working in higher education. We encourage curiosity, questioning and practice that allows the space and time to try out these ideas, drawing on techniques in writing, theatre and the arts.

Our programmes are designed to develop skills that can be applied to real-time projects and more widely as part of personal expansion and growth. Participants will learn techniques to articulate key messages critical to engaging with others, and discover the confidence to find and trust their voice.

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Invisible Grail will be appearing at the AUA conference 2018

Communicating the Why: how to engage people and define your purpose beyond Brexit. Discover tools, techniques and tips on on leading in a post-Brexit world at Invisible Grail’s workshop.

Read the full story.


Writing tips - pencil and paper image

Writing when you’re stuck: five ideas to reconnect you to your message

Invisible Grail’s Louise Clifton draws on our own approach to facilitating original writing to suggest practical ways to overcome writer’s block.

Louise is an accomplished copywriter who weaves her thread of magic into all our communications. Here she shows us how to find inspiration when we’re feeling stuck. Read  Five ideas to reconnect


The essence blog - university mission statementsThe Essence

What is at the heart of your university? How do the mission statement and language of your organisation impact upon your experience of what you do, let alone the experiences of your students, stakeholders and the wider public?

Taking lessons learnt from corporate companies, tone of voice expert John Simmons explores what it means for universities to find the essence behind their words.


Friday G&T

Friday G&T

Discover your Friday G&T (Gift & Tonic); a short piece of writing to spark a moment of creativity or create a minute of stillness. Published every Friday, these pieces are here to give your week a little lift. Try these out when you’re writing your next report, strategy, or yes, even email. Click here for your Friday G&T.

Missed last weeks?

Find oodles of inspiration from our Friday G&T gallery.


What they say about Invisible Grail

“…it has been an extremely enjoyable and worthwhile day

Jane Jones, Associate Dean, Student Experience,
Faculty of Business and Law,
The Open University
(attended a bespoke programme)


“…this has given us a focus and a commitment of practice

Tyrrell Golding, Associate Head of School – Programmes,
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education & Language Studies,
The Open University
(attended a bespoke programme)


[on fulfilling personal objectives] “…having the confidence to project my own voice into my writing

Anthony Hill, Academic Director,
HAS – Applied Sciences,
University of the West of England, Bristol
(attended Writing for Impact: Course Leaders)


I am surprised to have written an entire text in the last 30 minutes which was my intended outcome. I feel I have achieved more expressive writing than I expected

Cathy Warner, Programme Leader MA Music Therapy,
University of the West of England, Bristol
(attended Writing for Impact: Course Leaders)