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Not another meeting paper: exploring the implications of good (and bad) writing in universities

  What role does writing have for universities and their people? Paul Gentle investigates how writing impacts on peoples experience of higher education – from the high stakes of first year TEF results, to the fundamental everyday communication between people, teams and university communities.   There’s no denying that universities – or rather the people in them – produce vast…

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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…

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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] permeates decision-making, shapes how we feel…

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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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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…

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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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