“[I]t’s all very well intentioned, but” are words that haunt me. These are the words of one of our students with accessibility needs reflecting the support they have been given by our University. The words have haunted me ever since because I am one of a few people trying to champion accessibility and I am […]Read More It’s very well intentioned, but…
Since March, we’ve been living in a completely different world. This is my COVID-19 blog. I am tired. My team is tired. We are doing our best. We are expected to do more with the same. I think there’s enough noise on this subject right now so that’s all from me. The end.Read More COVID-19
Every so often, a new regulation comes in to being that scares the sh*t out of everyone. *GDPR flashback*. We rush around to make sure we’re compliant, when what we really want, is long term changes in practice, attitudes and behaviours. In this post, I’m going to look at the most recent tear stain on […]Read More Change vs. Compliance
I’ve been thinking a lot about critical digital literacies and how I, as a supplier and ‘evangelist’, balance my professional role and my personal views. It has lead me to ask “are we the baddies?”. Before you read on, watch this brilliant Mitchell and Webb sketch: Who’s we? Well, I suppose I’m talking about those […]Read More #OpenBlog19 Are we the baddies?
Impostor Syndrome (IS) is a ‘phenomena’ in which an individual doubts their abilities and lives in fear of being exposed as a fraud. Severity varies between individuals but impostor syndrome is perceived as negative. Ironically, as a shortcoming. I propose embracing your impostor syndrome. Your doubt is your strength. This is my first post in […]Read More Impostor Syndrome is a Superpower
Jisc has been a huge part of my personal and professional development. Jisc offers us access to a wealth of expertise and has created networks of professionals that would otherwise be unlikely to exist. But in the last year or so, I have begun to worry about what Jisc is becoming. Like all things in […]Read More We need to talk about Jisc
There is a knack to applying for jobs in Higher Education. I’ve been involved in several vacancies this year from short listing and interviewing, so I thought it might be helpful to write down some of the pitfalls applicants fall in to. This is also a cathartic exercise. There is something incredibly frustrating about a […]Read More You don’t have to be mad to work here, but it helps
If you went to this years ALT conference, you may have noticed the “EdTech will not save you” badges worn by delegates. Unsurprisingly, given the audience of ALT, they were met with some criticism (ironic). This post relates to the thin line we tread between critique and negativity. ‘tech wont save us’ brings unwarranted negative […]Read More The Thin Negative Line
This is my fourth role in a central department and every single one has been an experience. I don’t consider myself an expert and I’m still trying to ‘do it right’. So I thought I’d write down some tips for developing a successful working relationship. A bit of context I am the manager of the […]Read More “Good central location”
So, I’m a bit late to the party but better late than never. This post is a dedication to my Galentines, the women I admire and who inspire me. Amber Thomas Patient. Caring. Persistent. Smart AF. Advisor. Confidente. Advocate. Has shown faith in my abilities that I aim to deserve. Rosie Hare As awesome in […]Read More Happy Galentines day!