We’ve had the winter solstice and the days are beginning to get longer. We’re still shivering in a prolonged cold spell but the bookmakers seem set not to pay out for a white Christmas as it will only be snowing in the northwest of Scotland.

I’ve enjoyed writing the blogs here and will make a New Year’s resolution to do a weekly one in 2011. Since my last one (after the really interesting seminar on reflection) I have been away for a break in the sunshine in Gran Canaria. We were delayed by Spanish air traffic controllers but got there eventually.

I have also been working on some other things that are relevant to this blog.

The first is that a colleague in the Centre for Inclusion and Curriculum, Alice Peasgood and I have begun drafting the Periodic Programme Review for the Openings Programme, which will take a long look at these modules, and assist in our planning for further development over the next few years.

I have also been putting the finishing touches to a project proposal which will, hopefully make a contribution to widening participation by developing learning objects based on one of our Openings modules.

The third thing I have been working on is a proposal to conduct interviews with academics who have developed expertise in widening participation. Alice and I then plan to edit these into podcasts which can go on this website.

So that should keep me out of mischief in 2011. I’m also planning to have a look at what was recorded from the seminar on reflection and post on that.

To paraphrase Dave Allen, if you have been, thanks for listening and a peaceful and prosperous 2011.

Jonathan Hughes

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