Month: November 2016

Placement Toolkits

Last year I mentioned a toolkit project that I was leading. I haven’t updated on these since so thought it might be worthwhile giving them a mention. The toolkits may be useful to any employer or HEI supporting placement students. They support placement value to employers to be measured. The toolkits are available here:


I am busy on…

My blog has been rather quiet of late, probably a reflection of the chaos that lies in the real world.

In personal terms, a house move before the summer, and then problems with said house have proven a little distracting. In my work life, there have also been changes, the research role I have conducted in the College over the past two years has been formalised with the new title of ‘Head to Research (College of Business)’.

Whilst there isnt a huge change to my usual daily tasks as a result of the new title, there are a few additional jobs on the list, particularly (dare I say): developing our research strategy; enhancing our management reporting around research; and considering the implications of the Stern review. With PRES in spring looming I am also taking the opportunity to review our PGR provision at a College level to make sure our students are receiving the best possible experience. Our new lead for the Centre for Business Improvement has also started with us – so watch this space. 

On the income gen front, things have been quite productive – but as ever room for improvement. I have led on around £77k of bids and tenders in the three months since August. We also now have two ERDF projects within the College

My research students are progressing well with some really interesting projects and I had quite a few catchups last week (calculating time difference as the clocks change for winter – fail). 

And finally, research outputs! Here is where I use my blog to pledge that all these will come soon – there are a few ‘drafts’ getting somewhere near.