[SEMINAR] Room for Food, Spaces for Eating @MMUSpecial

This afternoon I enjoyed a couple of hours looking at/hearing about 19th C recipe books, and what these tell us about the aspirations (not the realities) of those living then, and then art produced in response to women’s lived lives in that era, at the MMU Special Collections reading room and gallery. [View the story “Room for Food, Spaces for Eating @MMUSpecial” on Storify] Second World War Posters Mass Communications Academic, @MMUBS. British Home Front Continue Reading →

#EmptyShelf 2016 #20: The Doctoral Examination Process: A Handbook For Students, Examiners And Supervisors (Open University Press, 2004)

I think I remember picking up this book just before I did my PhD viva in June 2004, then passing it on… not realising that I’d want to read the other chapters about being on the other side of the table… as the PhD examiner! The blurb describes it as: The doctoral examination process has been shrouded in mystery and has been a source of anxiety and concern for students, supervisors and examiners alike. But Continue Reading →

#BeStillMcr by @PassionArtTrail #Questionnaire

I would really appreciate your help in completing a short questionnaire (12 questions, 5 minutes) around the Passionart Trail. The questionnaire is designed partly to provide information to the Passionart project, and partly to demonstrate to my students the positive uses to which market research can be put. On Qu 1, if you are under 16, or Qu 2, you have never been to Manchester/don’t plan to in next 12 months, thank you, but you do not fit Continue Reading →

[DEBATE] “This house believes that digital saves money, solves problems and delivers efficiencies”

This blog post starts: It was a merry band that gathered in Manchester last week for the final Digital Leaders North West meeting of 2015. The excitement was palpable, as we took our seats ready for the hottest debate of the year! Liz Copeland of Knowledge Hub guides us through what happened. Our motion: This house believes that digital saves money, solves problems and delivers efficiencies. Speaking for the motion was Roger Longden of There Continue Reading →

Developing Cultural Intelligence for Leadership (MOOC, Week 4) #FLdevelopCQ

Here we reach the final week of the MOOC provided by Futurelearn/Commonpurpose, and looking ahead at this week, it appears that we’ll be focusing on ‘the other’, including ‘exoticism’, reminding me of Edward Said’s notions of ‘Orientalism‘. Stand up We need to recognise ‘cultural intolerance’: we all carry biases that reflect both positively and negatively to other communities – we may not be able to automatically remove it, but we can be aware of it, Continue Reading →

Developing Cultural Intelligence for Leadership (MOOC, Week 3) #FLdevelopCQ

Onto week 3 out of 4 from the FutureLearn/CommonPurpose looking at ‘cultural intelligence’. As someone who likes to meet new people all the time, likes to try new things, has travelled a lot, and focuses on digital culture … finding it really interesting, even if I don’t have time to engage with it on the deepest level! The need to experiment Finding our Core, and the values, behaviours, beliefs and habits within it must be done Continue Reading →

Developing Cultural Intelligence for Leadership (MOOC, Week 2) #FLdevelopCQ

So, just catching up with Week 2 of ‘Developing Cultural Intelligence for Leadership’ from Common Purpose/Futurelearn. Talking Core and Flex Do you know what your central values and purpose are – do you know what to hold onto, and what you can adapt to fit different (cultural) circumstances? Our Core comprises the things that define us: our own personal ‘over my dead body’ list. These are things that won’t change (or won’t change easily). Their Continue Reading →

Visiting Research Fellow @StJohnsDurham

When I left CODEC after five years, St John’s College invited me to become a Visiting Research Fellow. This was approved at a meeting the other week. Here’s what it says about me: Dr Bex Lewis is passionate about helping people engage with the digital world in a positive way, where she has been developing her experience since 1997. Trained as a mass communications historian, she wrote the original history of Keep Calm and Carry Continue Reading →