Tag: time

time to update our timeline

picture taken by me at Gartner conf. No rights reserved by me.

Inspired by a conversation with Lauren today, and some recent announcements,  I am updating our timeline of learning technology developments at University of Edinburgh. Are there other things I should include?

learning technology time

picture taken by me at Gartner conf. No rights reserved by me.

As Professor Sir Tim O’Shea is retiring  I am putting together a timeline of learning technology developments at University of Edinburgh. Are there other things I should include?

time for a change?

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Rachel Clark. 2013 Untitled. (c) University of Edinburgh http://images.is.ed.ac.uk/luna/servlet/s/sgmas4

You don’t want to go back to your same boring job after the summer. You want to come to work in LTW.

Luckily for you we have three vacancies to attract the funnest people who know that life is too short to do it the way it’s always been done before.

Head of Learning Spaces Technology Salary: £48,743 to £54,841 per annum

Web Interfaces Team Manager Salary: £38,511 to £45,954 per annum

Media Team Manager Salary: £38,511 to £45,954 per annum

my week as an international woman

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Picture taken at The Oakland Museum. No rights reserved by me.

I am spending much of International Womens Day this year on an international flight. I have been in California for a week  buzzing about at various meetings and gathering good ideas.

Last year on this day I wrote a blog post too.

This year at work, in my new role and new division I am involved in a new set of gender equality initiatives. I am the only female Director in Information Services, I am a mentor within the department and an Aurora role model for the Leadership Foundation.  Information Services is exploring approaches to using an Athena Swan-like framework to improve the working environment for all and my teams are working hard to figure out how we can usefully make it a success.

In the last few weeks we have carried out a staff survey in my division to gather feedback from colleagues. I am very pleased to say that despite having gone through a number of restructuring experiences and quite a bit of change, the majority of LTW staff say they are are satisfied with their jobs; receive appropriate praise and recognition; are treated with equality and respect and understand their role within the organisation.

In my new role I have been at pains to ensure that I do not send email to my staff outside of working hours. This is a deliberate attempt to send a signal that balancing work with family or home commitments is expected and ok.  When I travel I keep my wrist watch tuned to UK time to help me remember what time it is at home and to ensure that the experience of working for, or with, me is one based on mutual respect. I admit I have lapsed occasionally, mostly by mistake because the email conversation is interesting, so I apologise to my team leaders for that.

I feel like I am continuing to do my bit to ‘Make it Happen’. Do you?

emerging technologies

 John Playfair's Transit Theodolite
John Playfair’s Transit Theodolite http://images.is.ed.ac.uk/luna/servlet/s/6y5m06

The original Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy was published 35 years ago today.

According to the Guide* regardless of which world you are in,  there are rules which determine the reaction of most life forms to emerging technologies:

  • Anything which is in your world when you are born is normal, ordinary and just a natural part of the way things work.
  • Anything which is invented in the first third of your lifespan is new and exciting and revolutionary and you could probably get a career in it.
  • Anything which is invented once you are middle aged is just against the natural order of things.

 

*Episode 8/8 Quintessential Phase 4 ( broadcast BBC Radio 4 23/6/05)