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On the benefits of being connected

What are the hallmarks of being a connected leader? Drawing on his experience of working with some of the top leaders from across the world, Paul Gentle offers a manifesto on the benefits of practising connected leadership and what this looks like when it’s done well. What if you knew what senior people were thinking and doing in a perfect…

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The AUA Invisible Grail prize 2020

‘Why do we do what we do? Finding our purpose’ is the theme of this year’s AUA Invisible Grail competition. Do you often think about the purpose of what you do in your daily work? ‘Why do we do what we do? Finding our purpose’ is the question on our minds for this year’s AUA Invisible Grail competition. We want…

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Wearing the shoes of others

If we could step into someone else’s shoes and see the world through their eyes, would we make different decisions? Might we be better equipped to improve widening participation or eliminate the attainment gap? Stories invite us to see the world through the eyes of others. They foster empathy and enable us to connect …. My colleague Stuart Delves tells…

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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. If you would like to receive these directly to your inbox, please email Louise. Being yourself as a leader Friday 15 March 2019…

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Student Engagement 2.0: partners, collaborators, or something else entirely?

Students are more than just partners; they are a part of our higher education ecosystem too. But how are they shaping this world? Louise Clifton explores what Student Engagement 2.0 looks like, and what three universities are doing right now to bring students into the heart of how they work. What’s the next generation of this idea, the 2.0 of…

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2019: The Year when nothing went as expected

2019 has been a peculiar, and challenging year, for higher education. But now we’re at the end of it, might some of these challenges have helped lead to better outcomes than planned? Here are four things that higher education should celebrate, take heart from and keep doing as we break new ground in 2020. Nothing about 2019 has been straightforward.…

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Dr Paul Gentle

Dr Paul Gentle

Academic Director at Invisible Grail Which are the questions that matter most? And what could we achieve when we ask the right questions at the time they’re most needed? Louise Clifton talks to Paul Gentle about why now is the time that we need to refocus on our purpose, ask the questions we haven’t before – of ourselves and our…

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The Dragon Economies

The Dragon Economies: Is Higher Education in South East Asia breathing fire?

The world is changing, rapidly. As global mindsets shift and we face a new decade, are the Dragon Economies still breathing fire? Travelling through Hong Kong and Singapore this autumn, Paul Gentle finds out. Your perceptions of how universities work in South East Asia will clearly have been shaped by your own experiences. Depending on where and when you’ve encountered…

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What do you want to be when you grow up?

The inside out approach – let’s stop looking around us for the answers but ask ourselves questions that will help us understand who we are and how we can find steadiness and courage in all that we do. When I was growing up I always found this question daunting – I really didn’t have an answer to what I wanted…

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