New Job, New Achievements

Sometimes life just gets so busy, so crazily involved, that I forget what I’ve achieved – if Marcus Buckingham is to be believed – this is not a good thing for me – plus this might save me time for my PDR in future! At the end of August 2015, I finished with CODEC at the University of Durham, sold my house – having decluttered severely, and moved on to a new post as Senior Lecturer Continue Reading →

Happy Christmas 2015

After so many dead robins appearing in my newsfeed, I thought I’d add a live one! My online Christmas card may be less effortful than last year – but here’s a few pics that I’ve enjoyed seeing appear in my newsfeed (with some random bits of news from me) to wish you a Happy Christmas and a wonderful 2016… I’m not into Star Wars (I know, shock horror!), but the jokes still make sense – Continue Reading →

New Job: Senior Lecturer in Digital Marketing @ManMetUni #thisgirlcan

Just a short update. On Monday I was interviewed for the permanent role of Senior Lecturer in Digital Marketing at Manchester Metropolitan University, based at the Business School (lovely new building). I used this presentation, focusing upon #thisgirlcan as the case study for ‘best digital marketing campaign in the world’ as taught to final year undergrads! Thanks to the many people who cheered me on, and partook in discussions on Facebook/Twitter…  and the crazy buzzing Continue Reading →

Flexible, Open, Social Learning: Supporting Learning #FOS4L

Today we’re looking at ‘Curating’ – how do we ensure that we don’t just collect content for ourselves, but share it (combining with advice as to what is useful). “Students expect academic, technical, administrative  and pastoral support as part of their educational provision.” – especially distance learning students, and this makes a difference to success and retention. Undertake one of the following activities: Responding: Create a response to the scenario on your own or with Continue Reading →

The Bishop of London Calls for Ordinary Heroes (@Tearfund) #OrdinaryHeroes

Politics needs big ideas and less short-term thinking, says the Bishop of London, who today (16th April) launches Tearfund’s  new report and campaign, calling for a restorative economy. This is a campaign I can get behind. Watch the video, and see the rest of the press release below. The Rt Revd and Rt Hon Dr Richard Chartres said: We live in a century of mingled promise and peril. The decisions we take now and the Continue Reading →

#40acts challenge leads to over 2.9million acts of kindness over Lent

Stewardship’s Lent challenge, 40acts, which launched on Ash Wednesday, has led to a wave of over 2.9million acts of generosity over 40 days. The challenge, which comes to an end this Saturday, asks people to do one simple generous act each day over Lent. This year it had 75,000 people taking part, making this year’s challenge the biggest in its five year history. Over the last 40 days participants have cleaned graffiti off local buildings, Continue Reading →

Lent is Coming

So, it’s time for Lent. For once, I haven’t been on top of exactly when it’s coming, as after four years of doing #bigread, we’ve taken a break this year (it’s a huge amount of work, you know) – materials remain available online. Anyway, Lent starts Wednesday, with Easter Day 5th April (I’ll be at Spring Harvest, come join!) So, what will I be engaging with for Lent? I’m already engaged in a discussion group on Continue Reading →