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Chasing the unicorn – restoring elusive conversations

Meetings, emails, packed agendas: our days at work are full, yet so much of what we do in these spaces relies on our ability to connect – negotiate, empathise, deliberate – with others. In this maelstrom of daily office life, where are we making room for building genuine human connections, through simple things like conversations, with the people we work…

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How sticky is your TEF submission?

The Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) isn’t all about metrics. It’s also about the story you tell. Graham Holden offers advice on how to tap into the best, stickiest parts of the student experience, and translate this into a compelling narrative. Great stories engage us, draw us in and implore us to read on even when the subject matter is challenging…

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Why teaching and learning needs a narrative

Why teaching and learning needs a narrative

Teaching and learning are integral to the wider student experience, but without a clear vision and narrative these activities can feel disjointed for those that lead and live them. Graham Holden examines how we can use narrative to create a cohesive student experience, and leaves you with three questions to consider when thinking about what this looks like for your…

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Influence...and how you do it

Influence…and how you do it

Nurturing influencing skills are like playing a musical instrument: the more you fine tune, the better you get. Paul Gentle offers his insights on recognising the scary stuff, reading the room, and how to use questions to influence for solutions. Every time I’ve asked people in a group I’m working with to think about an influencing challenge they face, I’m…

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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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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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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 art of feedback

The Art of Feedback

Honest feedback is hard. Hard to listen to, and hard to give. So does feedback work best in the structured moments we’ve made for it? Or should we embrace it in all the moments in-between? Drawing on her own experience, Louise Clifton explores. Higher education is an intensely feedback-rich environment. We have a wealth of formal feedback processes in our…

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Nine stocking fillers

  To kick off the festive season the Invisible Grail team put their heads together to bring you their top reads for your Christmas stocking. From what the future of organisations will look like to tapping into how you can write like Tolstoy, here are our nine recommended reads. Academic Director Paul Gentle kicks us off.   Paul Gentle, Academic…

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