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The latest insights on narrative, storytelling and leadership in higher education.

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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Taking up Generation Z’s challenge on our future

Climate change is here. Young people are pushing for change. So what are we doing about it? We need to take up the fight for our future. To help create lifelong learning that values dialogue, creativity and empathy as ways to find the solutions to the climate crisis. If ever there were an intergenerational challenge worth heeding, it must be…

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Rhiannon-Breeze Harris joins Invisible Grail as a Student Client Relationship Director

Student in primary education, Rhiannon-Breeze Harris, joins the Invisible Grail team this September. Invisible Grail is thrilled to be welcoming Rhiannon-Breeze Harris as the newest member of the team, joining as our Student Client Relationship Director. Currently starting her third year in primary education studies at Anglia Ruskin University, Rhiannon joins Invisible Grail to help build stronger and more sustainable…

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University College Birmingham: Designing the future of corporate services

  Working with Invisible Grail we were able to take people to a space where we could explore their unique leadership approach, grow their confidence and apply this to imagining and creating the future of corporate services for the University.” Michael Harkin Vice-Chancellor and Principal University College Birmingham Taking place over twelve months, Invisible Grail worked alongside University College Birmingham’s…

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Leadership for middle managers: Technical University Denmark

What is a lead university and what does it mean to work in one? Anders Jacobsen writes about the experiences of the Human Resources team at the Technical University Denmark (DTU) in realising a vision to embed leadership as the foundation of their institutional culture. Anders takes us through the challenges the team faced to reach those in the middle,…

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Where are we now? Higher education, refugees and asylum seekers

Talent and potential aren’t linked to where we’re born. Each of us has the ability to learn and grow given the right support. So how can higher education institutions help young people from refugee or asylum seeking backgrounds flourish in our educational system? We ask: where are we now, what are the barriers, and what can we do about it?…

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Navigating the McNamara Trap

Metrics govern so much of how we interpret the success of what is important in higher education. Yet what do we miss if we only focus on the things that can be counted? Drawn from evidence from a QAA (Scotland) collaborative cluster project ‘Beyond the metrics: the intangibles’, Fiona Smart, Alastair Robertson and Liz Cleaver look beyond number-crunching to evolve…

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Who am I now? A journey to find professional purpose

In November 2015, Coach and Consultant Maeve Lankford took a leap and left her job to start up on her own. This radical shift encouraged Maeve to consider her professional purpose: who is she now? At the same time, higher education in Maeve’s native Ireland was also facing considerable change brought about by a new national strategy published in 2011…

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Invisible Grail is growing: three new colleagues join the family

Dr Graham Holden, Helen Teague and Phil McNaull join Invisible Grail to unlock the potential of narrative and storytelling for people in Higher Education. Invisible Grail is delighted to be welcoming three new colleagues – Dr Graham Holden, Helen Teague and Phil McNaull – as the newest additions to the Invisible Grail family. Drawing on their unique areas of expertise…

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