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Perspectives on an academic environment: a collaborative blog by Gill Clough & Rebecca Ferguson

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Time Wasters

March 23rd, 2012 · 1 Comment

Why do some funders demand the investment of so much effort and provide such a poor return for most?

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Tags: Bidding for funding · by Rebecca · Reflections

No feedback from the British Academy

March 10th, 2010 · 1 Comment

British Academy devotes approximately £630,000 of university funding to making 855 early-career researchers feel depressed.

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Tags: Bidding for funding · by Rebecca · Reflections · Time Mangement

Trying out Prezi

March 6th, 2010 · 3 Comments

I have just spent all day putting together a presentation using Prezi. That’s not all the time it took – because I’ve already spent another day or two planning the presentation, making notes, gathering images and sketching out a plan. Altogether, the presentation has taken about 20 hours of my spare time – and I […]

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Tags: by Rebecca · Reflections · Research Tools · Time Mangement

How far can you get from Creative Commons?

October 2nd, 2009 · No Comments

We just received the copyright form for the book on education in virtual worlds that we are editing with Kieron Sheehy. They want it back today. I’m just wondering whether this wholesale transfer of rights and copyright is the norm. More importantly, I’m wondering how it ever got to be the norm – and how […]

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Tags: Publications · Reflections

Inching towards perfection

September 1st, 2009 · No Comments

Long-time classics, international bestsellers, your favourite novel of all time. Hand on heart, is there any one of them that has absolutely no room for improvement? Take Genesis – a grand opening but also a sprinkling of repetition and some confusing plot developments. Pride and Prejudice – a carefully worked piece, but the third daughter […]

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Tags: Reflections · technology · viva

Top 40 Potential Viva Questions

July 21st, 2009 · 43 Comments

I submitted my thesis way back in March but, somewhere between CREET and the Research School, the documentation was lost or abandoned for a couple of months. Add to that a spell in hospital when they finally got round to fixing a date – and I’m left with a viva in late August, when my […]

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Tags: Reflections · viva

How long does it take to write a Thesis?

March 27th, 2009 · 3 Comments

Rebecca and I have both submitted our PhD theses. Rebecca dropped hers at the Research School about a week before I submitted mine. Nevertheless its rather nice to have got to this stage pretty much together. Writing up is an intensive business. Past IET students warned me that it would be, as did my supervisors […]

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Tags: by Gill · Reflections · Rescuetime · Time Mangement

Joyful, visionary research

September 26th, 2008 · No Comments

My research group spent a successful day this week brainstorming and developing projects together. We began by considering what we enjoy about research, and found that social and affective factors are hugely important to us. We wanted to carry out joyful research – visionary research – research that would engage us and make a difference […]

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Tags: Collaboration · Reflections · Social Networking · Workshops

The best school in the world?

September 12th, 2008 · No Comments

My local junior school is currently rethinking its vision. This isn’t an empty exercise – the school vision underpins everything that happens at the school, and is referred to on a daily basis. We’re asking everyone in the school community ‘If this were the best school in the world – what would it be like?’ […]

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Tags: Collaboration · Reflections

A perspective

September 6th, 2008 · No Comments

Glancing through this blog, I realised that it had the tagline “perspectives on an academic environment” and I thought that perhaps I had neglected this aspect somewhat so heres some perspectives and maybe a little perspective too 🙂 Summer is a funny time in academia. Everybody seems to disappear. Having moved to an open plan […]

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Tags: by Gill · Open plan · Reflections