How successful academics write — The Thesis Whisperer

Helen Sword is, hands down, one of the best writers on academic writing working today. The difference between Sword and other people working the writing advice patch is that she uses an interesting range of research approaches to inform her work. A new book from Sword is a nerdishly exciting moment for research educators like […]

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Academic new year: induction week

Great to see such engagement with your students – fuelled by a genuine desire to help them learn how to learn and take responsibility for themselves. I love that you submit yourself to completing the same exercise alongside the students. You show great strength in allowing yourself to show that, you are not the ‘all knowing’ expert and, you have a commitment to continuous learning. I plan to steal your strategies – with attribution, of course!

Peter G Knight

NB: This post is published both here and (in due course) on Keele University’s Learning and Professional Development Centre “Solutions” blog: 

It seems appropriate that my first blog entry for Solutions, which I intended to submit for the start of the academic year and which was supposed to be about teaching time management to newly arrived students, should have been delayed by two months because I have been overwhelmed by – amongst other things – teaching time management to newly arrived students.

Most academics think about the start of October in the way that other people think about the start of January: a new year, big hopes, good resolutions, a fresh start. The new academic year brings with it a fresh crop of the bright young intellects that, changing every year, help to keep our own ideas fresh and constantly renewed. It is an exciting, promising time. I have had…

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The Danger of a Single Story

Classroom of Many Cultures

PACE360 is a multidisciplinary unit that helps to prepare students for international PACE placements. The aim of the unit is to prepare students to see, think and do differently. One of the first activities we do is to watch this TED talk by the Nigerian novelist, Chimamanda Adichie.

It is a powerful talk in which she shares ‘the danger of a single story’, warning that if we only hear a single story about a person, country or issue we risk great misunderstanding. Adichie says, “The single story creates stereotypes, and the problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete. They make one story become the only story.”

In PACE360 we ask our students to find an example of a ‘single story’ and to reflect on the ways it has impacted their understanding of a particular event; historical or contemporary / personal or public.

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InSPiRE Sydney July 2016

After many months of planning, InSPiRE Sydney 2016 happened! Three days where 250 HDR – M.Research and PhD – candidates from nine universities … yep, nine universities, learned some new stuff, shared ideas, experiences and enjoyed some great food at the Aerial Conference Centre. Many connections were made and friendships forged. IT was a great experience to be surrounded by so many bright and committed people – I certainly gained a lot from InSPiRE.

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InSPiRE was organised by representatives of Macquarie University, UTS, UNSW, Sydney University, and Western Sydney University and an invitation was extended to University of Newcastle, ACU, University of Wollongong and Notre Dame University.