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Dying (still) matters

Three years ago, I was working for Marie Curie Cancer Care, an eye-opening experience professionally and personally. I went on to support the NHS end-of-life care programme, and gave my free time to the Dying Matters Coalition. Having lost my … Continue reading

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Citation for Joan Armatrading, honorary Doctor of Music #ou_ceremonies

More than 600 OU students graduated at our degree ceremonies at the Barbican last Friday. Professor Musa Mihsein, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Academic, presided, and I presented our honorary graduate, Joan Armatrading. This is my citation: Pro-Vice-Chancellor, members of Senate, graduates and guests. … Continue reading

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Football, communications and a tribute to Paul Mylrea @MylreaPR

What’s the difference between a top football manager and a communications chief in a large organisation? You are more visible and have more of a Marmite affect if you are a football manager (but comms chiefs notoriously have admirers and detractor… Continue reading

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Dare to be a philosophy graduate – it might just pay off

This week’s Guardian Education Supplement (Tuesday 12th February, 2013) carries a timely article on the value of the less obviously vocational subjects. Its message: Dare to be a philosophy graduate ??? it might just pay off (1). Philosophy can tran… Continue reading

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Emotional intelligence: some reflections after a tough Wednesday

Not a bad day, quite productive. But a piece of work I had to quality assure left me feeling a bit low, and I cursed myself that I had not acted on some of the issues sooner. Then a former work colleague said to me, “Exercise some self-compassion…. Continue reading

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Social intelligence, leadership and what Tavistock approaches can teach us

Daniel Goleman has written a thought-provoking article on social intelligence (see link below), which for me sparks this idea: collaborative leadership, of all leadership approaches, values and nurtures the “synergising and synergistic” skills of … Continue reading

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The Open University is a serial innovator: Eileen Scanlon becomes Regius Professor in Open Education

The Open University has received significant recognition for its leadership in innovation. There I was last Wednesday with my communications colleagues, the two Emmas, Emma Thwaites and Emma Howe, chairing a workshop with top academics on the them… Continue reading

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Lucian J. Hudson: The Enabling State – Collaborating for Success (FCO, 2009)

As the Global Financial Crisis unfolded in 2008, and international coordination became an urgent and necessary response, I was asked by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office to research and write the first-ever international report on what makes … Continue reading

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Another milestone in digital: publication of UK government departmental digital strategies

Over the past few days, Whitehall departments have been publishing their digital strategies. One of the best is the FCO’s (link below), but each is worth studying in its own right, as the balance of online provision and engagement varies according… Continue reading

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UK top universities,led by The Open University,embrace online revolution:Futurelearn announcement

Twelve top UK universities, led by The Open University, last Friday announced the intention to launch Futurelearn. The new company will provide open-access, free-to-all, online higher education through Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). The Open… Continue reading

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