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A sonnet to science

A Sonnet to Science

Drawing on his new book, science communicator and lecturer Dr Sam Illingworth explains how poetry can help bridge the divide between disciplines and help us to make better sense of the world we live in. In late 2016 I won a small Research Grant from the Royal Society to conduct an investigation into famous scientists who wrote poetry, why they…

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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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Just being

Just being: the leadership journey of a Deputy Vice-Chancellor

What can we learn from others about the intricacies and opportunities of leadership? Dr Jane Rand, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) at York St John University, tells the story of her leadership journey; from completing a diploma at night school to her most recent appointment working alongside colleagues to shape the future direction of her institution. Education is transformational: for individuals, communities…

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Empathy: why care?

Empathy: why care?

Does empathy need a business case? Why changing the structures, not the people, can help make more room for empathy in our working lives. And why, business case or not, we should care. Empathy. The irritating hurdle you must jump to convince people that you really do care, when you just want to get the job done. No, this isn’t…

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Finding a compelling vision: what can narrative do for higher education leaders in Ireland?

Bringing narrative alive this May on Unlocking the Creative Leader In 2019, the power of a compelling narrative for higher education across the world has a bigger role to play than ever before. For leaders in the Republic of Ireland a resolute narrative of their institution’s distinctiveness, and how they apply this to an increasingly global sector that is finding…

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Language at the top

No need for translation: language at the top

Language, and how we use it, has the potential to create a divided world of ‘us’ and ‘them’. But it can also build bridges. It should be part of every leader’s toolkit to build a foundation of expectations and behaviours. So how comfortable are leaders at modelling the possibilities of using language in this way? And what does this look…

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The Lonely King part III

The Lonely King part III

A way forward This is the final instalment of the journey of King Philip. Told as a story, this three-part blog series explores the challenges of leading at the top. Through King Philip, we experience the anxiety of losing a vision, the challenge of reconnecting back to a greater purpose, and the intricacies of balancing viewpoints different to our own.…

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Sheffield Hallam University case study

Case Study: Working in partnership to develop the University’s Teaching Excellence narrative

Sheffield Hallam University   In partnering with Invisible Grail, Sheffield Hallam University was looking for a fresh, external, perspective to serve as a guide in preparing for future TEF submissions. One of the University’s key objectives was to identify core themes for their TEF narrative and identify timescales and priorities in responding to the TEF. ⤹ What happened ⤹ What’s…

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A narrative guide in the wilderness

A Narrative Guide in the Wilderness

As leaders, we need to be guides in the wilderness. We need to help find secure footing whilst navigating unknown territory. To do this, we need to tap into narrative to connect people to purpose and challenge reluctance to change, says Paul Gentle. Narratives can enable and empower us to navigate the ideas that structure our thinking, and the emotions…

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