University Futures

I started a web site in 2006 called University Futures and shifted it over to Google+ in the last couple of years. I also have a Facebook page for University Futures. It's a topic that obviously means something to me. I spent 28 years of my working life in universities and I liked working in... Continue Reading →

Yet another shift – but the last one!

It is true that when you start a PhD, you start with a topic in mind. A topic that you think is important, critical, urgent and one that will not change. When I started my PhD in 1998 or thereabouts, I was convinced the relationship between university managers and academics was the topic for me. I... Continue Reading →

And so it begins again…

Almost a year ago I  wrote that I'd passed my confirmation process. All looked good. But things are not always as they seem. I spent the rest of 2013 faffing about (as I call it now) trying to nail down my research to doable proportions. I had confirmation panel to deal with as well as... Continue Reading →

Ah…doing a PhD is fun

I started my PhD in March, reorganised this website to remove all vestiges of my ill-fated attempt at a professional doctorate last year, and planned to write regularly. This blog is my reflective journal after all. It's now December. I have sat in front of my computer many times, and couldn't write. I had things... Continue Reading →

2012 Research Topic

My first PhD topic was the relationship between academics and administrators - in the context of being neighbouring professions in universities.  I came to to this interest primarily because of my practice as a university manager where I could see that a whole lot of energy is wasted focusing on the relationship instead of on... Continue Reading →

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