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Commuting and student experience

I’ve started working for a new university and there are lots of differences between here and ‘the old place’. As I started to meet our students one of the very striking things I noticed was how far away many of … Continue reading

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Quick thoughts on different yik yak herds

I’ve blogged before about my largely positive experiences experiences on yik yak, and how it might even be a useful tool for engaging with students on various topics. I’ve been chatting with another Yik Yak lecturer and even thinking about … Continue reading

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Some thoughts about Teaching Awards

After being shortlisted for a Students’ Union award last year I put myself forwards for Durham’s Teaching Award a few months ago and last week found out I’d won. Obviously I’m delighted with this CV boosting accolade, and I’m thankful to … Continue reading

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Mature students in popular culture

I’m currently working on an article based on a series of interviews I’ve done with older mature (40+) students. I’m keen to explore the experiences of this group of students, who I think have a very different experience of university … Continue reading

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Who is the Yik Yak Lecturer?

A little while back I wrote about Yik Yak and I’ve still been playing around with it a bit as the community has evolved. I can’t comment on other ‘herds’ (groups of Yik Yak users) but the Durham University community does … Continue reading

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A Case study of our Facebook Page: Some data

I’ve been writing a book chapter for a forthcoming book we are producing at the foundation centre. The chapter will focus on our facebook page as a case study for trying to create an informal online community for our students, … Continue reading

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Yik Yak – some more detailed thoughts

About a week ago one of my students mentioned in passing Yik Yak, an app that is a bit of craze at Durham at the moment (as I was soon to learn). I’ve been having a play around with it … Continue reading

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Raising your profile on social media

I have started being asked to give the odd talk to various groups of PhD students about using social media to develop their online profile. I thought it would be a good idea to write a quick blog post so … Continue reading

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hudl2 first thoughts

Three and half years ago I blogged a review of the various tablet options then available and mused on some possible work related uses. All this time later, and while my work laptop is recovering from a cracked screen I … Continue reading

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Using Social Media to raise the profile of arts and humanities PhD students

In a couple of weeks I will be in Belfast discussing how arts and humanities PhD students can use social media (likely to focus on twitter and blogs but could include others) to build networks and raise their profile. This … Continue reading

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