Archive for October, 2013

Universities in a changing world 4: Building the Organisation

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October 21st, 2013

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Universities are complex systems, whose sense of being an entity or organisation is often heterogeneous. At one level, they often share common procedures and systems for recruiting and enrolling students. Support services also have a degree of homogeneity, though even this breaks down if there are multiple sites. Faculties or schools may use common practices […]

Elephant in the room?

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October 18th, 2013

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You’re sitting in your weekly team meeting. You know everyone is thinking the same as you, “why isn’t the senior executive pulling his weight, he’s consistently late delivering his projects”. Yet nobody says anything, you keep quiet and let your frustrations simmer. We looked at team dynamics and the impact of team member behaviour in […]

Universities in a changing World 3: The democratisation of learning

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October 15th, 2013

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What’s so great about going to university? Perhaps never before has this question been asked as much as it is today. Driven by world events – mostly economic – people in Britain and elsewhere are questioning the value of a university education. Nowhere is this more so than in the criticism of the more esoteric […]