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OU education as a social project

Stephanie Taylor has blogged over on the DD317 Advancing social psychology blog about the ways in which Open University education can be regarded as a vital social project. 155 more words


Letter to the VC: or, what academics do all the time

Back in December 2015, the then-newish Vice Chancellor – in post for about 7 months – attended Arts Faculty Committee, when the whole of what was then the Arts Faculty came together, and addressed the assembled masses. 1,565 more words


Am I a 'teacher'? Apparently not.

I’ve been thinking about teaching more than usual (for a retiring academic!), having recently returned from one of my weeks doing face-to-face teaching at a US liberal arts college, Gustavus Adolphus College. 1,214 more words


Will The OU ever be like other universities ? That's how to compete

This is both a reminder to me, and a suggestion to others. I find that far more is achieved by being positive and ‘can do’ without being overly enthusiastic to the point of being unreasonable. 365 more words


A Working & Student Mum

The Best Decision I Made

After having Poppy I was lucky enough to be able to stay off work after my maternity leave had finished, I went back to work when Poppy was about 3-4 years old and mainly did weekend shifts at a restaurant close to home, then when Poppy was eligible for the 15 hours free childcare I picked up a few week day shifts also. 784 more words


Guarding our digital identities

It is 2018 and the age of ‘Big Brother’ is upon us.

When I was a teenager, the Matric year group of 1984 at our school studied… 2,063 more words


You Are What You Think...?

You’re unique, just like everybody else” so the famous saying goes (although I am still unsure of its specific origin, nevertheless, it makes a good point – no two people are the same. 1,452 more words