#EmptyShelf 2016 #32: Simply Tuesday by @emilypfreeman (Revell, 2015)

I was sent this book for review in the last few months, and I thought it was quite ironic that I decided to pick it up and read it in the final 2-3 days of my annual leave, when I have been careful to turn my email off, taken an overseas break, but then came back to try and do a load of stuff to my new house, then put my paintbrush down and seemed Continue Reading →

30 Things: Living Life to the Full

This year I’ve been particularly working on “living life to the full“, and after hearing about a young man who has died today, this  article came into my inbox – the first is: Remember you will die. Maybe even today. Don’t forget that. Don’t forget to be thankful for your health. For the ability to walk. For the time you get to spend with the person you love. For your siblings. For whatever it is that you Continue Reading →

Life’s Regrets?

Really fascinating piece and a good reminder as to what are the important things in life – as expressed by those on their deathbed to their nurses. 1) Living a life true to yourself 2) Not working so hard 3) Having courage to express true feelings 4) Stayed in touch with friends: It is common for anyone in a busy lifestyle to let friendships slip. But when you are faced with your approaching death, the Continue Reading →

Coaching in Higher Education? Yes Please…

Corporate coaching has spread rapidly from the US across the world, with the business sector happy to buy in such support for employees they are grooming to be high flyers. The higher education sector, in contrast, would appear to offer a less obviously lucrative, and perhaps more sceptical, market. Yet coaches in the US, and to a lesser extent in the UK, are working with an increasing number of academics, helping them to confront not Continue Reading →

Daily Diaries of Lecturers @timeshighered

Do you ever wake up in the middle of the night worrying about work? Feel that you have really “earned something” only after a session teaching? Or think about the learning process over the washing-up? If so, you are not alone, according to a series of accounts academics have written about their daily lives. To inform Share, a research project that is investigating the ways in which academics around the world represent, share and change Continue Reading →