Studying Leadership – an exciting new publication from Doris Schedlitzki & Gareth Edwards

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‘Studying Leadership: traditional and critical approaches’ is a fantastic new book by our very own Doris Schedlitzki and Gareth Edwards, here at UWE!

The book includes:

A unique timeline structure to develop students’ knowledge of leadership theories through time

Contemporary topics including ethics, sustainability, authenticity, toxicity, followership and gender & diversity to ensure students are up-to-date with the latest research

6 long integrative case studies to encourage students to relate theories to the real world

Over 140 reflective questions to develop students’ critical thinking skills

A companion website which includes video links and SAGE journal articles to develop  students’ understanding. There’s also a tutor guide, experiential exercises and  PowerPoint slides for lecturers

Check out this link for more details and to order your inspection copy now! http://www.uk.sagepub.com/email/online/2014/3J29.htm

…and congratulations to Doris and Gareth from all of us here at UWE!

Are you going to make a new ‘academic’ year resolution…?

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…if you are going to make a new ‘academic’ year resolution, then why not make one that involves blogging!? There are lots of great reasons why blogging about your research is a really good idea, and Mark Carrigan lists 17 of them on his blog (check out the link below) – he’s a cool Sociologist and Academic Technologist – and amongst other things he says it makes you more visible inside and outside your organisation…and helps you articulate your ideas in just a few words! So, ring in the new year with a blog post! Send me stories of your summer conferences, progress reports on your papers and tales of recent research…and I’ll post them on here for you!

Best wishes, Harriet

Email me: harriet.shortt@uwe.ac.uk

http://markcarrigan.net/2013/08/27/13-reasons-why-you-should-blog-about-your-research/?utm_source=buffer&utm_campaign=Buffer&utm_content=buffer7b6ba&utm_medium=twitter

 

The last in the series: Creative Leadership Project – Space

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IMG_1592As many of you know, Doris Schedlitzki, Carol Jarvis, Gareth Edwards and I have been running the Creative Leadership Project over the past few weeks, here at UWE. This has included a series of workshops based on the topics of: Language, Innovation and Space, where we present research from our current work, invite industry experts to comment on our findings…and ask participants to engage in interactive creative conversations (more details on the project can be found in previous posts on this blog).

We have had a great response from both academics and practitioners and the sessions seem to have sparked some really interesting thoughts, ideas and reflections…in us and those who have attended!

Last night (Tuesday 2nd July) we held our last workshop on Space, in the lovely Street Café on the Frenchay campus – thanks to all those who came along – we hope you enjoyed the time and space to talk about…space!

We hope to continue the work we have started and will be putting together a bid for funding to develop and grow this project…so watch this space for more details and updates, and we hope to see even more of you at the next set of events!

Finally, a note to all those who participated – your conversations were highly valued! And thank you too to all our industry experts – your energy and enthusiasm are much appreciated.

Harriet

Enterprise and Innovation at the University of Bath: InBrain

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I found a great article in the University of Bath alumni magazine a few weeks ago: Alumnus Chris Brill (BSc Mechanical Engineering, 1983) is working with two Bath students, Alex Marshall ( International Management and Modern Languages) and James Isbister (Computer Sciences with Mathematics), to launch a revision app that could change the way young people revise!

‘In Brain is a revision app that uses iPhones and iPads as memory prompts’ the article states. It goes on to detail how this works: ‘InBrain works by the user taking a picture of an everyday view seen on a familiar journey and then drawing a ‘zone’ around an object in the image. This zone can then be linked to an education resource such as a YouTube video, webpage or the student’s own notes or audio clips. The image acts as a memory prompt, much like a flash card, so that the next time the user thinks of an object it reminds them of the learning material. The student ‘walks’ the journey (mentally or for real) and the views and pictures prompt recall of the learning materials. Using InBrain to build a journey in this way means the different images can be linked to different elements of the course. James said: “The process of attaching information you need to remember to familiar objects is proven to increase long term recall by 70 per cent”‘.

Alex and James have already won prizes for their work, including the 2012 Apps Crunch Competition and are currently trialing the app with a variety of students. Once the app is completed, Alex and James will be sending it to Apple, and ‘if accepted, it will be hosted in the Apple Store’.

For me, this not only provokes thought in terms of how we support students with their revision (and how we could approach this in different ways), but also in terms of the overall learning and teaching experience – what other tools can we use to help long term recall? How can we make learning more ‘material’? How could we start to use the classroom environment, and the objects within it, in this process of attaching information that students need to remember? Perhaps these are the sorts of ideas we could take forward into the next academic year…

Harriet

Creative Thinking at UWE this week…

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Aspiring Top LeadersThe Aspiring Top Leaders Innovation Workshop took place this week, here at UWE. The workshop focussed on how to generate and develop novel and useful ideas, while working in diverse groups.

It was a great day, full of enthusiasm from our fantastic participants – many of whom form our current cohort on the Aspiring Top Leaders programme, in partnership with NHS South of England and NHS Trust North Bristol. The workshop was lively and thoughtful, and was made all the more interactive with the use of ‘real’ problems from our guest clients – Claire Shepherd, Promoting Organisational Learning Project Manager from the Royal United Hospital, Bath and Steve Boxall, Head of Capital Projects at the Royal United Hospital, Bath. Claire and Steve worked with all our participants on two relevant and ‘live’ problems. The groups used these client briefs to apply divergent/ convergent thinking creative tools and to think about what helps and hinders creativity.

Thank you to all those who participated, shared their experiences and their creativity. Thank you also to Claire and Steve, for their time and enthusiasm, and to Dr Rob Sheffield, the workshop leader and our facilitators.

Rate Your Lecturer – potential flaws in the site?!

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ImageA recent article in the Times Higher (13th June 2013) not only discusses the website ‘Rate Your Lecturer’ and the various views for and against, but also features our very own Dr Olivier Ratle! Olivier reveals the potential flaws in the site through his very own experiment…follow the link below to find out more!

http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/lecturers-dont-rate-rate-your-lecturer-site/2004807.article

We are ‘driving innovation and growth’, says The Association of Business Schools!

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assoc business schThe ABS has just published a report on the role of UK Business Schools in driving innovation and growth in the domestic economy…and Bristol Business School (BBS), here at UWE, is featured in a case study. Associate Professor Dr Carol Jarvis, from the OS cluster at Bristol Business School talks about the Aspiring Top Leaders Programme co-created by BBS and the North Bristol NHS Trust. Dr Jarvis notes how the programme has successfully worked with participants from diverse healthcare backgrounds over a number of years and encourages reflective practice to foster personal and organisational change.

You can find more information via this link: ABS Task Force report May 2013