Becoming a daily reflective practitioner

Yesterday, I submitted a ‘letter to myself’​ to my past self as part of an upcoming event at Lincoln’s Drill Hall. Reflection ought to be embedded into our personal and work lives so that it becomes part of our daily routine. If not, why not? I find that reflective practice helps me change, if not always for the better, I always believe that I’m going forward. Life is about learning afterall. Some criticise that reflection is too backward-looking, turning over historical events in an already over-ploughed field; or simply navel-gazing (at worst). I disagree, but then I would. As Socrates (allegedly) said at his (less than unfortunate) trial: “An un-examined life is not worth living”.

N. B. I’ve embedded these slides from a code I retrieved from my account on Scribd, the document sharing platform. PS. It’s the free version!

Reflective Writing slides by Daren Mansfield on Scribd

Female business pioneer to launch equality centre

Another week, another coup. Pioneering businesswoman and philanthropist Dame Stephanie ‘Steve’ Shirley will deliver a free public talk at the University of Lincoln, UK, offering a fascinating insight into her life and career and open an equality centre.

Starting life as an unaccompanied Austrian child refugee in 1939; someone who benefited from the Kindertransport which saved 10,000 children, she went on to build a ground-breaking all-woman software company, which was valued at $3 billion and made millionaires of 70 of her team members.

Her ground-breaking employee initiatives are to be admired as she battled against discrimination. She founded a software company in 1962 from her dining room table with just £6 and soon after adopted the name ‘Steve’ to aid her in the business world. She employed only women until the 1975 Sex Discrimination Act made it illegal to do so. She offered part-time and flexible employment to professional women with dependants, pioneered new work practices, and changed the position of professional women (especially in the hi-tech industry) along the way.

Her talk, entitled A Woman’s Story, will take place on Tuesday 21st March in the Stephen Langton Building on the University of Lincoln’s Brayford Pool Campus, starting at 6.15 pm, with an exhibition beforehand. All are welcome.

As a taster, here’s a ‘Why do ambitious women have flat heads?’ It’s both moving and inspiring because it’s about someone who has made a success of their lives, against all the odds.

Write a ‘letter to myself’ today in the Library

What would you write in a letter to yourself, to either your past, present or future self? I’m taking part in this journey of self-discovery, choosing to write about my past self. Enough there already. It’s taking place today from 11.30-14.30 near the library entrance. There’s even free chocolate. It’s also part of a show at Lincoln’s Drill Hall – if you’re interested, pop along!

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New online tutorial: ‘Finding information for your assignment’

This newly-produced Articulate tutorial is about refining your research strategy; uniquely based on a student house-hunting expedition. This idea was devised by the Psychology, Sports and Education Subject Librarian, Oonagh Monaghan. We hope you like it.

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Report writing structure (with literature review)

This is a video I produced as part of the Teaching and Learning in Digital Education course I studied at the University of Lincoln. There are two versions of this video, one with a literature review and one without. This one contains a literature review. Both are available on YouTube.

Guest Lecture: the Chief Executive of Siemens in the UK

Following on from Charlotte Hogg’s triumphant lecture last week, the University has managed another coup. This time, Juergen Maier, the Chief Executive of Siemens in the UK, is to speak at the Lincoln International Business School on the topic of Industrial Digitalisation – a major opportunity for the UK economy. This takes place on Monday 20th March, from 3PM in DCB 1101 – Main Lecture Theatre . Siemens, of course, is undeniably the industrial powerhouse of Lincoln and offers potential life-changing student placements. To book your place on this unmissable event go to:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/guest-lecture-juergen-maier-chief-executive-of-siemens-uk-tickets-31156517984

 

 

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An onion unpacks the meaning of Mixed Methods research

What does a Mixed Method approach mean? Conveniently, the much-borrowed Saunders & Lewis (2012) textbook carefully unpacks what a mixed methods research approach means via the layers of a onion diagram.

What will you find on ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global?

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Please be advised we now have access to Proquest Dissertations & Theses Global , an addition that replaces the previous much smaller collection of Proquest Dissertations & Theses (UK & Ireland). This resource has been added to our Electronic Journals A-to-Z and Database list. The database also includes a banner of what looks like the swankiest restaurant in the world, no doubt situated in Milan or somewhere similar, and designed to attract the most discerning researcher.

You need to select the “Full Text” option in order to search for entire theses. It’s an astonishing collection: for a full text search on ‘entrepreneurship characteristics’, 43,198 results were recorded; some of which included Mercidee Curry’s Students’ perceptions of entrepreneurship at a historically black university in central Mississippi (Mississippi State University, 2012) and Susan J. Stevenson’s Entrepreneurial characteristics: The phenomenological study of the perceived characteristics that influence women to pursue entrepreneurship (Capella University, 2010). What will you find?

Proquest Dissertations & Theses (UK & Ireland) is a wonderful complement to ETHOS, which is the British Library’s collection of PhD Theses.

 

 

Guardian readers share their experiences of essay mills

Always a hot potato tossed around on the Learning Development in Higher Education Network forum, LDHEN@JISCMAIL.AC.UK, the use of essay mills by students paying someone to do their assignments, even dissertations, has hit the headlines again. According to the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA), there are now more than 100 essay mill websites in operation, with fees ranging from a few hundred pounds to several thousand for a weightier PhD thesis. The government is proposing a crackdown on students if they submit someone else’s work as their own, but not the essay mills themselves; effectively ratcheting up the level of what is generally labelled by universities as an academic offence. It appears as though the plagiarising student will be punished more severely, but the essay mills evade prosecution and continue their business operations, Thence, I tweeted a link to a brief Guardian article earlier about student experiences of using essay mills, which also records how puzzled some tutors are at why students thank them for obtaining them a pass or even helping them through their degree.

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Charlotte Hogg Great Minds lecture – Monday 6th March 2017

What a coup! The University of Lincoln has managed to get “the most powerful woman in the Bank of England’s 300-year history”, Deputy Governor Charlotte Hogg, to share her experiences of life at the top of England’s central bank and reflect on her amazing career in finance and banking. Prior to taking up her current position in 2013, Charlotte was Head of Retail Distribution and Intermediaries at Santander UK. She has also worked at McKinsey & Company where she was a Principal in Financial Services, at Morgan Stanley where she was Managing Director of Strategic Planning, was CEO of Goldfish Bank and then Managing Director of Experian, UK & Ireland.

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Charlotte is a member of the Finance, Audit and Remuneration Committees (equivalent of Board) of Oxford University Press and is a Trustee and former chair of First Story Ltd. She was also a former Director of BBC Worldwide and member of Audit and Remuneration Committees, a former Governor of Nottingham Trent University and whilst in New York, former Board member of Partnership with Children.

Book your ticket here:

 

https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/_forms/publiclectureprogramme/bookings_charlotteHogg_06Mar17.aspx

 

Check out our online Advent calendar today for study tips!

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Check out our online and interactive Advent calendar today for our 25 study tips with the 10th advice coming from Adele Beeken, the Academic Subject Librarian for Chemistry, Engineering, Forensic Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics.

Christmas at the University Library

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Christmas at the University Library

24/7 will end at Midnight on Thursday 22nd December, the opening times will then be:

Friday 23rd December                   10:00 – 17:00 – self-service only

Saturday 24th December              CLOSED

Sunday 25th December                 CLOSED

Monday 26th December               10:00 – 17:00 – self-service only

Tuesday 27th December               10:00 – 17:00 – self-service only

Wednesday 28th December       10:00 – 17:00 – self-service only

Thursday 29th December             10:00 – 17:00 – self-service only

Friday 30th December                   10:00 – 17:00 – self-service only

Saturday 31st December              CLOSED

Sunday 1st January                         CLOSED

Monday 2nd January                      10:00 – 17:00 – self-service only

Tuesday 3rd January                       10:00 – 17:00 – self-service only

Wednesday 4th January               8:30am – 24/7 opening resumes

Requesting books

Due to the Christmas holidays and the self-service nature of the opening times, the library will switch off online requesting of books on the 22nd December until staff are back on the 4th January.

Taking 1 week loan books home for the holidays

On Friday 16th December one week loan books will become three week loans, so that none are due back over the holiday. This will allow you to take them home without worrying that they will not renew.

Inter-library Loans

We will continue to accept ILL requests as normal but there will be a delay in processing and fulfilling requests between 9th December 2016 and 4th January 2017.

More Books and More Books for Research

Will be taking a break between 9th December 2016 and 4th January 2017. We may experience delays in supply during this period too.

Business School drop-in with your subject Librarian

Hot off the press! A new poster for my Lincoln International Business School drop-in session has just been printed to advertise when I’m sitting at one of the tables near Starbucks on the ground floor of the David Chiddick building from 10-11 am every Wednesday.

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