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Tag: Communication and connection

Distraction: Evil or Art?

Distraction. A word we associate with falling behind; clock ticking; unfocused thoughts. But what about the unexpected joys and unforeseen creativity it can bring? And the role of the people who trigger it in the first place? Paul Gentle explores. ‘I can get this done, if only I don’t get distracted’ Along with keeping an eye on targets, research outputs…

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How do you create a community of practice?

Communication and narrative are two essential parts of creating a community of practice. The third? A team of people who are up for the challenge and have the desire to do something bold – something different. ‘We can all remember days when we’ve gone out of the university to have something facilitated,’ the Director quipped. It sounded like going to…

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Really looking blog

Really looking

‘A static body of knowledge on the shelf’ is how we might perceive the Humanities. But if we were to really look and examine the questions they confront us with, would we recognise this definition? Or would it encourage us, and our students, to look again? ‘Look,’ I say, pointing out of my bedroom window at a tree that is…

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Do you speak Acabusinish?

Do you speak Acabusinish?

How to avoid the trappings of de-facto university language. Tom Scott, writer and university lecturer, examines the rise of Acabusinish, the unlovely hybrid of academic jargon and management speak. In this article, issues regarding approaches to written communication typically characterising academic discourses will be problematised, while it will be noted that the hybridisation of such discourses with linguistic features associated…

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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.) Apart from anything else, he’s a dab hand at writing funding applications. His grant applications for research over the last five or six years total £7,289,959″ A burger with…

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Supportive writing

How kind are your words?

Kindness is as essential to our writing as the letters we type, and this is as true for higher education as it is for any sector. Here’s why. Kindness in language is the recognition that no matter to whom we are speaking or writing, they are of the same kind as we are, and deserving of the same human consideration…

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