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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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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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Narratives and the student experience

“There isn’t a homogenous student experience”, so how do we capture the experiences of our students to enable them to excel? Shân Wareing makes the argument for finding the patterns – where groups of students harmonise and where they diverge – to uncover how, when and where we can make an empowering difference to students’ lives. Is ‘the student experience’…

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This is us

Revealing the narrative of the School of Health in Social Science at the University of Edinburgh Working in partnership with Invisible Grail, this is how the stories and imagination of the School’s people began to take shape and materialised into a new, breathtaking artefact. This autumn, the School of Health in Social Science at the University of Edinburgh unveiled a…

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‘Liven up’ leaders: Time to inoculate against zombification. Or not?

What is zombie leadership and what does it look like? Stella Jones-Devitt and Liz Austen examine what we risk if we endorse this cultural status-quo, and guide us through how we might spot it so that we can choose our fate – either to conform and comply or to do something different. There’s no bravery in zombie leadership.” You may…

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Students as leaders: Invisible Grail is bringing Generation Z to the SDF conference 2019

Creating a manifesto for how staff developers can build institutions that will thrive now and in the future, a one-hour session with Invisible Grail. What are the implications for staff developers in preparing university workforces for the hopes and aspirations of Generation Z? This is the question Invisible Grail will be exploring during a one-hour session at this year’s SDF…

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