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Occasional ruminations.

  • What are you waiting for?

    (You can answer this question in whichever way you want and with regard to any kind of goal of outcome; mundane or magnificent, frivolous or fundamental. You can also ask it any way you like – emphasising any word will subtly change the question. Your call.) I’ll admit it. This is probably a strange post…

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  • Playing in a pandemic

    Hello! and Yikes. This is longer than I meant to be. But so much is going on with play that I wanted to share some thoughts, an update on my research, and publicise some great things other people are doing. So either hop through the bits you want, like the proverbial Spring bunny, or make…

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  • I’ve just come back from a short but wonderful visit to the Playful Learning Conference 2019 in Leicester; a torchbearing endeavour in the drive to normalise play in adult learning. This piece is mostly about that, with one or two tiny meanderings. (But before I get stuck in, let’s celebrate one of a myriad indications…

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  • This might sound a bit off-piste for an HE blog post but I promise it’s not an April Fool. It’s just that this week sees the launch of the third Play and Creativity Festival at the University of Winchester and I have decided to combine one of my hobbies with a play session on HE.…

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  • (written in 2016) In 2012 Stefan Collini asked the question “What are universities for?”; one seemingly answered in institutional mission statements, although how to espouse it and live it out is the challenging bit. For me, that the question is not necessarily what are universities for, but once we know what they are, can they…

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  • When writing Engaging Imagination and before I became trained in coaching I realised had probably been an accidental coach for most of my teaching life. This manifested in t intuitively adopting some of the techniques and principles without knowing what they were. This experience made me think of how we develop student reflective capability, and…

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  • Abstractitis

    I’ve noticed a pattern emerging when I write abstracts for anything. I tend to bash something out full of energy and optimism, months in advance of the event, serene in the certitude that I will have ages to plan, write, cogitate and generally Be Prepared, in the best traditions of the Girl Guides. (I don’t…

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  • September brings the return to work, the start of dodgy weather, and the last few things on the to-do list in readiness for the onslaught of enrolment.   This coincides with the receipt of external examiner reports, analysis of evaluations and surveys, and examination of conscience in order to write annual monitoring reports. Spiritually, many of…

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  • On the evening of March 19th, 2014, I hosted a lecture for the London College of Fashion Pedagogic Research Hub, introducing Engaging Imagination and discussed my emerging ideas on how I want to take this work forward in future – by examining the differences (however subtle) between creative practice, pedagogies and reflection. (In  my early…

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  • Organising a four-day conference on flexible and sustainable learning provided the perfect excuse for a range of events over two weeks, to explore overlooked aspects of our London campuses and get out and about in our spaces. On day one, our opening activity was a detective tour in and around an arts and crafts building…

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