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

  In this piece, 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.   Writing is one of the essential ways…

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The 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…

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Tape measure - what to expect when you're expecting a training workshop and then Invisible Grail happens

When you’re expecting a training workshop and then Invisible Grail happens…

  Going on a workshop or training programme can be daunting. You don’t know exactly what you’ll be doing, who else will be there (will you know anyone?), you’ll probably have to network and there are no assurances that there will be good coffee and delicious food at the end of it. Paul Gentle, Academic Director at Invisible Grail, reflects…

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The balancing act for university leaders

The balancing act – leading in a world of top-down and bottom-up demands

How do you lead when faced with the daunting task of balancing top-down and bottom-up demands? Paul Gentle reflects on his experience and offers some advice for university leaders and managers who find themselves having to negotiate this precarious balance.   ‘It’s the most difficult job in a university.’ This is how I often hear colleagues in universities talk about…

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Of grit and granite

  In preparation for the 2017 Staff Developers Conference whose theme this year is on adapting learning to a changing higher education environment, we asked ourselves ‘How can we face this enduring period of change?‘ We can look to our founding story, says Jamie Jauncey. It reminds us of our purpose, who we are and what we stand for. And…

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Lets think of an apple - a blog about communication and international strategies for universities

Let’s think of an apple

Finding individuality amongst homogeneity. John Simmons explores how communication influences higher education’s approach to international strategies. A story inspired by a can of apple juice.   Flying to America the other week to run a writing workshop, I was served with a can of ‘100% Apple Juice’. Looking more closely at the ingredients I read: ‘Contains Apple Juice Concentrate from…

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Milky Way - The ABC of Space blog, a conversation between Stuart Delves and Professor James Dunlop

The ABC of Space

  In conversation with Professor James Dunlop, Stuart Delves discovers how a metaphor can be used to decipher infinite ideas and mathematical complexities, and secure a healthy research funding packet to boot.   A burger with a cosmologist. Not any old cosmologist, if such a creature exists.  But James Dunlop, Professor of Extra-Galactic Astronomy, and the current Head of the Institute…

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Packing a punch

The conference has assembled, the introductions have been given and the PowerPoint fired up. Bella Starling relates the nervous moment, standing on the precipice of the podium, that she stood up for a new way to talk about public engagement and connection.   The Medical Director of a Very Important Healthcare Organisation speaks with emphasis, gravitas and lots of clever…

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